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NEMA Offers Support to Building STAR Legislation

March 15, 2010
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., has joined a coalition of 80 contractor groups, unions, manufacturers, businesses, financial services companies and energy-efficiency advocates to advance the adoption of Building ...

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., has joined a coalition of 80 contractor groups, unions, manufacturers, businesses, financial services companies and energy-efficiency advocates to advance the adoption of Building STAR, a legislative proposal to retrofit America's commercial and apartment building infrastructure with more energy-efficient technologies.

The other companies and associations with electrical interests that support Building STAR include Eaton Corp., Cleveland; Siemens Corp., New York; HD Supply, Atlanta; National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md.; and the National Association of Energy Service Companies (NAESCO), Washington, D.C. Details

Introduced March 4 as S. 3079, Building STAR Energy Efficiency Rebate Act of 2010, the bill is a package of rebates and financing incentives for building owners to upgrade their property's energy efficiency, including interior and exterior lighting, energy management, HVAC, motors, and drives. It is estimated that the prospective $6 billion in funding for the Building STAR program would spur $18 to $24 billion in total program spending, creating up to 200,000 jobs, particularly for the hard-hit construction industry, as well as manufacturing and other industries.

"Building STAR will provide significant rebates to focus on commercial sectors hurt most by the current economic downturn," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. "By making our buildings more energy efficient, we reduce energy waste and operating costs as well as create good jobs, particularly among small businesses that would perform the vast majority of work."