May 19, 2003
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association(NEMA) has announced that it will continue pursuing legal action against the California Energy Commission (CEC) for what it says is over-regulation of electrical products. As part of its 2002 updates to appliance efficiency regulations (Title 20), the CEC has increased requirements for a number of already regulated products. Because these products – including electric motors – are federally regulated, and because the California-proposed efficiency levels are the same as national standards, NEMA says that there would be no energy savings from the CEC action. There would, however, be significant costs to manufacturers, which would eventually be passed along to California customers, says the association.