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Achievement - NEMA Achievements 2006-7

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Achievement - NEMA Achievements 2006-7

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    2006-2007

    Industrywide Achievements

    Restricted Substances Legislation

    Achievement: NEMA is engaged in implementing a Restricted Substances Call-to-Action initiative to reduce or eliminate six specific substances from electrical products. The first phase will be completed by

    July 1, 2010, for those products within the scope of the European Union’s ROHS Directive, and will be

    industry-wide by July 1, 2014. Product Sections have identified what products Phase 1 covers, and a

    legislative task force will develop legislation to implement the first phase. Meanwhile, NEMA has been

    engaged in advocating our position in California and other states that are considering EU-type ROHS

    legislation.

Value: The federal legislative initiative will preclude a patchwork of conflicting state regulations on

    restricted substances in electrical products, and will adopt a science-based, economically practical

    approach to the issue. Having a national approach through the NEMA initiative will reduce compliance

    costs, as well as distribution and interstate commerce complexities. This NEMA initiative demonstrates

    industry leadership on environmental design.

Broad Energy Efficiency Legislation

    Achievement: Energy legislation is being developed in the House and Senate. NEMA is actively engaged, and has testified before key committees in both bodies. Energy efficiency standards and

    possible changes to the Energy Policy and Conservation Act (EPCA) are being crafted. NEMA supports

    a robust national standards, test procedures, and labeling/information disclosure program. Proposals by

    certain advocacy organizations have been circulated to limit the role of federal pre-emption and to allow

    states to set standards on federally-covered products. One proposal was defeated through NEMA

    engagement during Senate Energy Committee action in May 2007.

Value: Maintaining federal pre-emption is critical for manufacturers. Allowing states to set standards on

    federal products would create a patchwork of rules, which could undermine EPCA and a well functioning

    national market. Various state rules would increase compliance costs, interrupt interstate commerce, and

    create logistic problems in the distribution and retail markets. Energy efficiency regulation should take

    place at the national level.

    Anti-Counterfeiting Initiatives

    Achievement: The volume of counterfeit electrical products has grown in recent years. NEMA is working with its members and the electrical supply channel to encourage practices that diminish the demand for

    and access of these products to the market. Over the year NEMA has arranged for the placement of

    articles in distribution channel trade publications, and in the past six months NEMA has made

    presentations to electrical distributors at three NAED regional meetings and to electrical manufacturers’ representatives at NEMA’s annual meeting.

NEMA is working with its members and the federal government to ensure that limited government

    resources for intellectual property enforcement are targeted on electrical products. NEMA and members

    have met or will meet with officials at the three largest ports in the United States (Los Angeles/LAX,

    Miami/Port Everglades, and Newark) to provide training and education to port officials charged with IP

    enforcement. NEMA and several members presented at a seven-nation CAFTA law-enforcement training

    program in El Salvador in June 2007. NEMA has also developed a joint training program in Mexico with

    its Mexican counterpart organization, CANAME, to train Mexican customs officials and to meet with

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Mexican government officials toward the end of the year. NEMA has also encouraged the Justice

    Department to consider working with China in connection with a new joint criminal enforcement initiative

    on a criminal case in China involving a NEMA member’s products.

NEMA will help support a study this year by the Institute for Policy Innovation on the economic impact of

    trademark counterfeiting. The study is expected to be useful in public policy discussions and media

    communications.

NEMA also provides an opportunity for information-sharing among members about counterfeit electrical

    products and strategies to prevent counterfeiting that has enabled members to take steps to protect their

    brands. In the past, NEMA has delivered presentations on organizing a brand protection program, which

    members have reported that they have used to identify sources of illegal counterfeit product. This year,

    we will be discussing product authentication strategies and solutions.

Value: There are benefits to the industry as a whole and to individual member companies from an

    industrywide anti-counterfeiting campaign. Even when only one brand is illegally copied, the sale lost to a

    counterfeit product can impact sales of other brands as well. NEMA’s active participation in the public

    policy discussions about counterfeiting in Congress and with government agencies has raised the

    visibility of our sector in terms of law enforcement. NEMA has begun and will continue to deliver its

    message to the supply channel that electrical distributors and contractors avoid legal and business risk

    and loss of life by sourcing genuine product from the authorized supply channel.

EU Regulations

    Achievement: As the European Union puts in place an overly burdensome regulatory system for chemicals and chemical users (“REACH”), NEMA has drafted a white paper on the impacts of REACH to

    educate federal and state legislators on why the current U.S. system is preferable to the E.U. approach.

    Our international offices are doing the same. Lobbying visits are being planned.

Value: By educating Capitol Hill and foreign governments early on in the debate over reforming U.S.

    chemical safety laws, NEMA will build support for the development of a more efficient, effective system,

    with the goal of precluding the adoption of costly, unworkable chemical regulations.

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    Achievement: Over the past year, NEMA has been at the forefront in questioning the value of the European Union’s directive on metric-only labeling. Most recently, NEMA filed comments supporting an

    E.U. Commission proposal to put off implementation indefinitely.

Value: Indefinite postponement of metric-only labeling for the E.U. market would leave in place the dual-

    labeling that reflects the irreconcilable electro-technical differences between the built infrastructures in the

    U.S. and many European countries. Since dual-labeling ensures that electrical equipment can be safely

    selected and installed in each market, continuing to allow dual-labeling for electroindustry products would

    be the best solution.

    Uniform Commercial Code

    Achievement: The American Law Institute and the National Conference Commissioners on Uniform State Laws continue to push for a significant revision of Article 2 of the Uniform Commercial

    Code. NEMA is and has been one of the principal organizations involved in limiting the extent of the

    proposed changes, and together with NAM, we continue to coordinate the opposition to the enactment of these revisions into law.

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Value: Adoption of a revised UCC Article 2 would encourage needless and uncertain litigation with its

    attendant costs. These added costs could harm some members by placing restrictions on their ability to

    be financially disciplined and hampering growth of technology and innovation.

    National Electrical Code

    Achievement: NEMA’s Codes and Standards Committee determined the instructed NEMA votes on over 2,300 comments submitted on the proposed 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC). In addition, the

    Committee determined the NEMA vote on 66 Certified Amending Motions, which were presented for

    approval by NFPA membership at the NFPA Annual Meeting, and contributed to the approval of the 2008

    edition of the NEC.

    Value: The 2008 NEC will precipitate a safer electrical environment for those states and local

    jurisdictions in the U.S. where it is adopted through the expanded use of arc fault circuit interrupters and

    ground fault circuit interrupters. In addition, the new requirement for the installation of tamper-proof

    electrical receptacles will result in a safer home environment for children through the reduction of shocks

    and other electrical injuries to children who may play with electrical receptacles.

    International Achievements

Promoting Trade of U.S. Products

    Achievement: NEMA consulted often with U.S. trade negotiators as they sought to achieve our industry's priorities in the free trade agreement (FTA) reached with South Korea on April 1, 2007.

Value: The U.S.-South Korea FTA includes commitments to eliminate Seoul's tariffs on U.S. equipment

    within NEMA's product scope. In addition, the FTA includes transparency, notice, and comment

    improvements to Seoul's regulatory approach.

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    Achievement: When the standard for North American circuit breakers expired in Brazil, a collective effort of some manufacturers to re-issue the standard failed, which could have led to the discontinuation of the

    sale of these products. NEMA Brazil actively advocated on behalf of its members, protesting to the

    Brazilian regulatory agency INMETRO that this was a clear violation of World Trade Organization rules

    against technical barriers to trade, and making the argument that these products have proven their safety

    and reliability in the marketplace. NEMA Brazil spearheaded the effort to show that the new low-voltage

    installation code was specifically designed to accept these products, and that they had a history of more

    than 20 years’ success in Brazil. Ultimately INMETRO agreed, and wrote into the regulation the actual

    performance requirements of the products, bypassing a reference to the expired standard entirely. With

    the expected issue of a final regulation this summer, both IEC and NEMA breakers will be sold in Brazil.

Value: U.S.-style circuit breakers are a key product for some NEMA member manufacturer’s in Belo

    Horizonte. The aforementioned public policy success kept this business viable. The prohibition of the

    trade of NEMA breakers in the market would have meant the loss of invoicing of millions of U.S. dollars

    for some NEMA manufacturers that make those products locally and the reduction of their market share.

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    Achievement: NEMA’s Mexico City office has effectively represented NEMA members in many technical

    committees. Recent victories include a new GFCI standard, and a complete rebuilding of the standards

    for circuit breakers, enabling mandatory certification to fight counterfeit products. We are working with

    local trade associations and certification organizations to promote product safety via a high visibility

    campaign with Electrical Safety Foundation International and have organized training sessions with

    customs officials on procedures to identify and exclude counterfeit products. Additionally, we recently

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signed cooperative agreements with Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Panama to promote the use

    of NEMA standards.

Value: Because of NEMA’s presence, NEMA members who manufacture products in Mexico and Central

    America do not have to send representatives to technical committee meetings, thus assuring them that

    the outcome will represent the standards in effect in the U.S. This work directly helps those members

    build their business leadership positions in Mexico and Central America. The work effectively permits

    sales representatives to make sales, and not distract them with standards and conformity assessment

    policy and procedures development.

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Achievement: NEMA coordinated with NIST and helped plan the NIST Standards In Trade (SIT)

    workshop on Intelligent Transportation System standards, held May 28-29, 2007 at the Beijing, China

    International Convention Center. The NIST SIT workshops are a long-standing program, bringing together

    foreign and U.S. experts to discuss issues relating to standards, conformity assessment, and technical

    regulations.

Presenting at the workshop were employees of three NEMA-member companies: Econolite Control

    Products, Quixote Traffic Systems, and Siemens ITS. The workshop was attended by delegates from 155

    Chinese ministries and municipal jurisdictions, and 39 U.S. representatives from the Department of

    Commerce, U.S. DOT, NEMA, and industry. The U.S. delegates learned about China’s focus on

    electronic toll collection, congestion mitigation, and construction of approximately 18 miles of new

    roadway per day.

Value: Further promoted the NTCIP family of standards for adoption beyond the Beijing Traffic Signal

    Control System project, and in other regions of the People’s Republic of China. Standardized traffic-

    management system-control protocols will allow competition in system procurement.

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Achievement: NEMA has been named the Technical Advisory Group (TAG) Administrator for the US

    Technical Advisory Group of the IEC Committee on Nanotechnologies (IEC TC 113). In this capacity,

    NEMA is providing administrative support and professional guidance to the TAG on protocols and

    procedures directly affecting the development of U. S. positions on international standards for electrical

    applications of nanotechnologies.

Value: Electrical applications of nanotechnologies are still evolving, and, while most are still in research

    and development, the technology is moving at light speed,” and electrical applications will rapidly

    become more commonplace. NEMA’s leadership role in the development of U.S. positions on

    international nanotechnology standards positions the organization to keep members informed of

    technology developments and to ensure that NEMA member positions are reflected in TAG discussions

    and decision making.

    Industrial Automation Achievements

Achievement: NEMA worked with the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy to propose

    landmark legislation that would promote high energy-efficient motors. The legislation is winding its way

    through Congress.

Value: Adoption of this proposal with added tax incentives would create a market to manufacture high

    energy-efficient motors. It creates good will for industry with advocates and state and federal government.

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Achievement: In March NEMA published two CANENA (U.S./Canadian/Mexican) industrial automation

    and control standards based on International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) standards.

Value: The publishing of these regionally harmonized standards increases U.S. leverage in developing

    product standards and certification requirements in industrial control international standards in North

    America.

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    Achievement: NEMA’s Industrial Automation and Control Products & Systems Section continues to work

    with UL on the adoption/adaptation of five IEC international industrial control standards. The process to

    harmonize NEMA and IEC standards is expected to take up to five years, since it will require National

    Electrical Code (NEC) code changes and customer education.

Value: Completion of this process will lead to industrial automation and control products being sold

    worldwide to a single standard, with a single set of certification requirements. That in turn will help

    members build global business.

    * * * * * Achievement: In conjunction with Underwriters Laboratories Inc. (UL) University, the Industrial

    Automation and Control Section has developed and launched several educational programs on the new

    UL/IEC standards (mentioned above). The educational programs help educate manufacturers and users

    on the requirements in the new standards. This process will continue as new standards are developed

    and revised.

Value: With the adoption of the new standards, few companies have the time to educate their employees,

    customers, distributors, etc., about the standard. Without the educational process there could be serious

    market confusion. These educational programs help train personnel to be familiar with the new UL-

    adopted IEC industrial control standards, making them more competitive in the marketplace.

    * * * * * Achievement: The Industrial Automation and Control Products & Systems Sectionwith funds from

    member companiesfinancially supports the participation of a number of its members in international

    standards development. Last year, 25 members attended 61 IEC and International Organization for

    Standardization meetings dealing with products manufactured by NEMA members.

Value: NEMA’s support of this effort allows for broad coverage of international standards work affecting

    this section’s products, detailed reports on the progress, and an ability to influence the work with minimal

    cost to our members. As these representatives are national representatives, member companies cannot

    submit individual positions, so joint industry funding is most effective.

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Achievement: NEMA has provided support to the technical activities related to energy efficient motors.

Value: The value to the members is the ability to manufacture and market value-added products that

    provide and promote energy efficiency. The section also is active in the energy policy area, which helps in

    formulating policy and legislation that minimizes negative impact on members, while promoting energy

    efficiency and environmental responsibility.

    * * * * * Achievement: Early this year NEMA’s Motor and Generator Section added and adopted tables to the

    NEMA MG1 standard that expands NEMA Premium motors to include 50Hz motors.

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Value: This gives members the ability to manufacture and market value-added 50Hz integral motors that

    provide and promote energy efficiency to the 50Hz power grids around the world, with China being a key

    market. NEMA Premium 60Hz motors (the standard was released in 2001) now account for 25 percent of

    integral motor sales in the US market.

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    Achievement: NEMA and its Motor and Generator members renewed the sponsorship agreement with Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE) to continue the Motor Decisions Matter marketing campaign.

Value: This allows motor manufacturer sponsors a channel to market value-added 60Hz NEMA Premium

    motors in the United States through a non-profit organization, whose mission is to promote energy

    efficiency. Utilities that participate as co-sponsors offer rebates for specifying NEMA Premium in motor

    applications.

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    Achievement: Because NEMA holds the secretariat in the industrial automation technical committee for CANENA (TC17B), the association has been able to facilitate the promotion of harmonized technical

    standards to the IEC 60947 series that benefit its members. Two harmonized standards have been

    published this year with two others slated for early next year. In addition, seven active projects relating to

    North American/IEC harmonization efforts are in active status.

Value: Not only do some members have a substantial voice in these continuous efforts to harmonize

    industrial control products on a worldwide basis, the final outcomeconsolidated standardshelps

    enhance the global marketability of each individual product in a global market.

     Lighting Systems Achievements

    Achievement: NEMA has successfully worked with the Lamp Section and other lighting sections, along with domestic and international trade organization partners, to negotiate a joint industry commitment to

    support public policies that will transform the U.S. market to more energy-efficient lighting within a decade.

    Originally a divisive topic for Lamp members, NEMA helped bring the group together to discuss the

    challenges and opportunities associated with the issue of governments banning incandescent lamps.

    The industry finally agreed upon a set of principles that provide a framework and strategy for a less-

    onerous federal preemptive approach, including identifying the range of product wattages the industry is

    willing to negotiate with and a reasonable timeline for market transformation.

Value: The success in bringing the industry together on this issue quickly not only prepared the industry

    to help steer the federal debate, but also secured separate efficiency requirements for some member’s

    product lines.

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    Achievement: The Ballast Section successfully launched a NEMA Premium? Ballast specification and industry branding campaign. The program is in final the approval process with CEE, the partnering

    organization, and will be rolled out shortly.

Value: NEMA Premium? Ballast campaign will provide a high-efficiency, high-quality ballast product

    branding distinction for members to further differentiate some of their high-value products. This

    specification is also in the process of being written into Federal Energy Management Program

    specifications and utility rebate incentive programs. Those, as well as future-planned actions, will

    produce a market for commercial and federal procurement customers.

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    Achievement: NEMA persuaded the California Energy Commission (CEC) staff to revise their proposed database for lamps, lamp ballasts, and motors that substantially limited the compliance costs and

    requirements for member companies.

Value: The revised database is far less costly and burdensome. NEMA is making big strides forward to

    deepen its relationship with the CEC and become more proactive. Favorable CEC regulations benefit

    member companies as California is usually the standard bearer for subsequent state legislative and

    regulatory activity.

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    Achievement: NEMA represents Lamp Section members before the Energy Star product labeling programs, including those for compact fluorescent lamps, residential lighting fixtures and solid state

    lighting. Since January, NEMA has provided detailed consensus industry input on Energy Star product

    specifications under development by leveraging expertise from all interested member companies.

Value: NEMA’s engagement on Energy Star lighting helps in efforts to drive the industry closer to

    achieving market transformation goals and increase purchases of energy efficient products with more

    customer value and satisfaction.

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    Achievement: In March, NEMA announced a voluntary industry commitment that compact fluorescent lamps sold in the U.S. after April 15 would have their mercury content capped at 5 and 6 milligrams. This

    will be developed into a NEMA technical standard. The industry commitment will be referenced by the

    Energy Star labeling program as part of an effort to address media and consumer concern about compact

    fluorescent lamp (CFL) mercury content.

Value: NEMA’s ability to bring the industry together to achieve such a voluntary commitment and

    standard help avoid potential roadblocks to greater market penetration for CFLs.

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    Achievement: NEMA continues to undertake extensive work on implementation of the Commercial Buildings Tax Deduction (CBTD) of EPAct 2005. In the past year the association made 20 presentations

    to 1,500 people to build awareness in the entire value chain, including manufacturers, distributors, and

    contractors. NEMA also has developed two websites to educate the value chain. It also is very active in

    the preparation of the CBTD section of the proposed EXTEND Act (S. 511 and H.R.1385), including the

    solicitation of co-sponsors in Congress.

Value: The CBTD has kept demand for lighting products near all time highs, at a time when the

    residential market has plunged. NEMA estimates that the value of CBTD to lighting manufacturers for a

    two-year duration will be $500 million. EXTEND would expand the value, postponing the expiration date

    for design certification to December 31, 2012, and for asset placing in service to December 31, 2014.

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    Achievement: A T8 Fluorescent Lamp Life Test Experiment in Deep Dimming Applications was established in conjunction with Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)a NEMA first in bringing together

    manufacturers and a university to jointly conduct product performance research to enhance the quality of

    lighting products for consumers. NEMA and RPI were invited to present a technical paper at Lighting

    Symposium Eleven in Beijing, China, in May 2007 to report the results of the experiment.

Value: This effort results in more robust product development opportunities and drives the growth of the

    market for reliable deep dimming lighting products.

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    Achievement: A Ballast Section task force developed a draft North American safety standard for self-ballasted lamps, with the emphasis on compact fluorescent lamps.

Value: The compact fluorescent lamp market is growing rapidly in the U.S. and Canada, and this

    standard will help drive the market growth process.

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    Achievement: The Lamp Section prepared a public report covering Mercury in spent linear fluorescent lamps.

Value: Increased public and regulatory interest in the environment provides useful, manufacturer-

    originated information to recyclers of fluorescent products and government agencies. It may become the

    basis for a forthcoming environmental standard.

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    Achievement: The Ballast Section undertook research into the evaluation of metal halide luminaire lens materials, to assess the ability of polymeric luminaire lenses to contain particles from ruptured metal

    halide lamps. A task force is currently working with UL to develop new safety requirements.

Value: Little has been known about the aging of polymeric lens materials and their continued ability to

    contain particles from ruptured lamps. The value of this project is to enhance product safety for the

    industry.

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    Achievement: NEMA is the secretariat for the ANSI C136 Committee on Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment. The committee continues to work on the development of ANSI C136 standards. Various

    representatives from member companies have been involved throughout the process.

Value: These standards are purchasing guides for utilities, municipalities, and other large purchasers of

    outdoor lighting products. They are used to drive market penetration of lighting products and market

    growth.

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    Achievement: The Ballast Section continues to develop NEMA BL 2, the standard for energy efficient electronic ballasts, which forms the basis for the NEMA Premium Program for Energy Efficient Electronic

    Ballasts for T8 Fluorescent Lamps.

Value: The successful launch of a NEMA Premium Ballast program will help drive the market for energy

    efficient ballasts.

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    Achievement: The Lighting Controls Section continues its efforts to develop a digital addressable lighting interface (DALI) protocol for lighting controls.

Value: A successful DALI protocol should greatly expand the market for lighting control products. This

    project has several facets, the development of NEMA and IEC DALI protocol standards, the joint

    development of DALI demonstration sites with the CEC, and the development of a wireless DALI protocol.

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    Achievement: The Lighting Controls Section redesigned and rolled out an improved Occupant Satisfaction Survey.

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Value: This effort will help execute a revolutionary approach to assessing worker/occupant satisfaction

    resulting from the lighted environment in an office. When studies are completed, this will be a unique and

    very reliable source of data quantifying lighting impact upon occupants, which to date has been a very

    difficult to measure metric. Information gained from this project will be used to expand the lighting control

    device, lamp, luminaire, and solid state lighting markets.

    * * * * * Achievement: NEMA spearheaded an effort to arrive at a nationwide mercury labeling agreement in

    Vermont. This agreed-upon nationwide approach has resulted in the defeat of several state-based

    labeling requirements in Massachusetts, Washington, and other key states.

Value: The agreement will mean significant cost avoidances and reductions that would have stemmed

    from more burdensome regulations.

    * * * * * Achievement: NEMA successfully defeated an attempt in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and other key

    states to mandate manufacturer-funded collection of mercury-containing lamps.

Value: This was a precedent-setting effort to halt burdensome state regulations for manufacturers who

    will no longer have to invest in collection technology, transportation, reverse distribution logistics, and

    other costly activities associated with manufacturer take-back schemes.

    Electronics Achievements

Achievement: The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC), a distinct corporation formed and staffed by

    NEMA, collected 113,600 thermostats in 2006, containing 1080 pounds of mercury. TRC also expanded

    hazardous waste collection facilities, which positions it to have a greater impact for 2007.

    Value: The value of TRC’s work to NEMA’s members is the proactive involvement in recycling a hazardous substance (mercury) contained in products manufactured by members. In addition,

    participation in TRC provides the members access to regulatory and legislative bodies as an industry

    instead of individually. Those bodies recognize NEMA as an organization whose members are able to

    reach consensus to provide solutions to environmental challenges.

    * * * * * Achievement: Companies in the Residential and Commercial Controls Section have been actively

    working with the CEC in its revision of the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, in an effort to position

    the industry favorably with respect to communicating devices for thermostats.

Value: NEMA’s involvement will ensure that manufacturers play a significant role in the revisions,

    ensuring reasonable state standards that do not heavily favor utilities.

    * * * * * Achievement: The Residential and Commercial Controls Section was approached by EPA Energy Star

    to incorporate performance criteria in the revision of the section’s standard for programmable thermostats.

    The section is looking to leverage that opportunity to create a NEMA Premium thermostat program

    similar to NEMA Premium motorsto enhance market awareness for NEMA members.

Value: Engagement with the Energy Star programmable thermostat program in this time of transition is

    very important to ensure that the value of the Energy Star brand is protected. In an era of increased

    awareness about energy efficiency, involvement in this process offers a competitive advantage.

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Achievement: NEMA’s Signaling, Protection and Communication Section worked to prevail on California

    legislators to streamline product listing procedures with the California Fire Marshal. Four representatives

    from NEMA member industries were instrumental in negotiating a process to streamline the listing procedure, which nears completion.

Value: California represents a significant market for fire alarm systems, and streamlining the listing

    process should benefit NEMA member companies.

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Achievement: The NEMA staff working on the NTCIP standards development project has sought and

    won additional funding for the development of a new version of the signal control standard, and for

    maintenance of the other parts of the NTCIP family of protocols. From U.S. DOT Fiscal Year 2007

    funding, the NTCIP expects to receive $800,000 to draft version v03 of the NTCIP 1202 data dictionary

    for actuated signal control. Additional funds are expected for maintenance activities.

Value: The NEMA members who manufacture signal control products that comply with NTCIP 1202 will

    benefit from the next version of the standard, which will include new functional features and content. By

    originating the NTCIP, and then by participating with AASHTO and ITE on the joint project, the NEMA

    members in the Transportation Section have benefited from NEMA staff support and NEMA-contracted

    consulting services that have totaled $8.7 million since 1996all funded by the U.S. DOT.

     Building Systems Achievements

Achievement: NEMA has championed legislation to extend and improve the Commercial Building Tax

    Deduction (CBTD). The deduction will expire at the end of 2008, unless Congress acts. NEMA

    developed language to improve the provision, in which member companies participated. Those

    improvements are included in the EXTEND Energy Efficiency Tax Incentives Act (S.822/HR 1345)

    introduced this year. NEMA has conducted lobbying meetings to support passage. In addition, NEMA

    has worked to have CBTD-specific legislation introduced in the House (HR 539) and Senate (S

    1702). NEMA is also shopping language to include exterior lighting for accelerated depreciation.

Value: Extending the CBTD through 2012 and increasing the deduction to $2.25 per square foot will

    provide incentives to building owners to upgrade interior lighting and HVAC systems. Improvements in the

    language also will ease tax implementation for end-users. Language also includes use of the “Lighting

    Certified” (LC) credential for use by qualified individuals. NEMA has been engaged in establishing and

    promoting the LC credential.

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    Achievement: The Low Voltage Distribution Equipment (LVDE) Section has organized a task force to

    promote the expanded use of Arc Fault Circuit Interrupter (AFCI) products in the marketplace. This

    includes branch/feeder devices and combination devices which some of our member companies produce.

    The task force has developed an aggressive promotional campaignincluding brochures, white papers,

    and a web siteto promote safety aspects of AFCI and the continued use and expansion of AFCI. In

    addition, NEMA field representatives will be utilized when appropriate to communicate with local

    inspectors on behalf of AFCI technology.

Value: While the NEC 1999 included AFCIs for bedroom receptacle protection only, the proposed NEC

    2008 greatly extends AFCI use to additional residential 15/20-amp circuits. This expanded use of AFCI

    products is strongly opposed by several prominent industry organizations, including National Association

    of Home Builders (NAHB). NEMA’s AFCI public relations promotional campaign is aimed at thwarting any

    effort by NAHB or its allies to adversely influence the national acceptance of expanded use of AFCI

    technology at local or state code levels.

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