Advocacy News

At the October ASTM meeting, Brian Krausz from ENERGY STAR provided an update on the program’s efforts to expand the NAFEM-led successful steam cooker component inspection project that combined safety and energy audits to ovens and dishwashers.

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The U.S. economy continues to have a “people gap” challenge, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. As of August 2019, there were 1.1 available workers for every job opening. According to Chamber Economist Ronald Bird, “Employers are experiencing a labor market that is nearly three times tighter than it has been on average over […]

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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is conducting a peer-reviewed study of the analytical methods used by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in setting “standards regulations” for the energy performance of consumer products and commercial equipment.

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The U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) announced a process for requesting exclusions from Section 301 tariffs for products on List 4A subject to 15 percent tariffs.

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California Senate Bill 100, the 100 Percent Clean Energy Act of 2018, requires a status report to the state’s legislature by Jan. 1, 2021, and at least every four years thereafter from the California Air Resources Board (CARB), California Energy Commission (CEC) and California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC). On Oct. 29, the agencies held a […]

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The Senate Finance Committee is considering two bills that would limit a president’s ability to impose Section 232 tariffs to protect national security. Senator Rob Portman’s (R-OH) bill would require Congress to vote to disapprove tariffs. Senator Pat Toomey’s (R-PA) bill would require Congress to vote to approve tariffs. The Toomey bill would apply retroactively, […]

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Despite continuing conversations between the nine-member U.S. House of Representatives’ working group and the White House regarding the U.S. – Mexico – Canada Agreement (USMCA), Speaker Nancy Pelosi now says a vote may not take place until early 2020. Mexico has ratified the agreement; Canada has not.

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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $128 million in new research and development projects to advance solar technologies in photovoltaics, concentrating solar-thermal power, soft-costs reduction, innovations in manufacturing and systems integration. DOE funded more than 70 projects in 22 states. A complete list is available here.  

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Delaware’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) will host three public workshops to present the state’s proposed HFC plan and request further public comments.

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