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Obama signs into law NEMA-advocated federal energy funding programs


November 5, 2009
By Anthony Capkun

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced that President Obama has signed into law NEMA-advocated funding as part of the Fiscal Year 2010 Energy and Water Development Appropriations Bill.

Over the past year, NEMA has lobbied Congress to increase funding for
federal agencies, departments and programs that are important to NEMA
companies. These increased funding amounts include:

• $2.24 billion for the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable
Energy, including $200 million for the Building Technologies Program
(43% increase).
• $32 million for the Federal Energy Management Program (45% increase).
• $125 million for the research and development for smart grid, energy
storage, and clean energy transmission and reliability technologies.
• $27 million for solid-state lighting ($2-million increase).

“It is great to see Congress recognizing the importance of these
NEMA-prioritized programs, and that they are willing to allocate the
needed resources accordingly,” said NEMA president and CEO, Evan R.
Gaddis. “I am thrilled that the Department of Energy will have
much-needed resources available. This, in turn, will benefit electrical
manufacturers.”

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