ALA Members, Staff Discuss Key Industry Issues in D.C.

This April, 20 ALA members and staff descended upon Washington, D.C., for the association’s annual fly-in.

USTR Update

Yesterday, the United States Trade Representative (USTR) proposed a 25% tariff on the remaining $300 million worth of goods coming from China, also known as List 4. Specific to the lighting industry, List 4 includes two notable HTS codes:

The Latest on Tariffs

The Trump administration is moving quickly to raise tariffs on products coming from China. This includes lighting, ceiling fan and control products. 

California Energy Commission Offers JA8 Markings Guidance
In California, Title 24, the Building Energy Efficiency Standards, are updated every three years by the California Energy Commission (CEC). The 2019 version was recently completed and is slated to go into effect on Jan. 1, 2020.
DOE Issues Final Rule on External Power Supplies
Yesterday, the Department of Energy (DOE) finalized a technical amendments rule to formally exclude light-emitting diodes (LEDs), organic LEDs and ceiling fans using direct current motors from the external power supply rule. ALA applauds DOE’s work to codify the exclusion.
Trade Talks with China Resume
Over the next two days senior government officials from the U.S. and China will convene for trade talks in Washington, D.C. This second round of negotiations will test the resolve of the Trump administration, who outlined the structural changes China would need to make in order to address U.S. concerns over forced technology transfer and intellectual property theft three weeks ago at the previous round of lower level talks in Beijing.
An Update on Tariffs

There is a lot of confusing talk about tariffs these days. It seems that everyday something new is tweeted, leaked, released or reported and most of it is very concerning.

ALA Members, Staff Discuss Key Industry Issues in D.C.

This April, 20 ALA members and staff descended upon Washington, D.C., for the association’s annual fly-in. The fly-in is important to ALA’s legislative and regulatory successes, as it provides the association and its members an opportunity to meet directly with Members of Congress, their staffs and other key government officials.

Amendment 14 -- Pre-Publication
Regulations Amending the Energy Efficiency
South Dakota v. Wayfair Heads to the U.S. Supreme Court

The United States Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments for South Dakota v. Wayfair, et al for April 17, 2018.

ENERGY STAR Finalizes Luminaires Specification Version 2.1

ENERGY STAR has finalized changes to the specifications for luminaires. 

DOE Issues Final Rule for Rough Service and Vibration Service Lamps

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) published a final rule Dec. 26, 2017, codifying the backstop requirements for rough service lamps and vibration service lamps.

Concerns of the American Lighting Association on H.R.3477, the Ceiling Fan Energy Conservation Harmonization Act
What Happens on the ALA Fly-in to Washington, D.C.

Below is a typical account of the annual fly-in to Washington, D.C. The events are real, but the identities have been altered to protect the innocent.

Preparing for 2018: California Title 20 - Requirements for LED Bulbs

New regulations are soon to take effect in California for LED lamps, small diameter directional lamps and general service lamps. Come Jan. 1, 2018, those products manufactured on or after that date will be subject to new performance, testing, marking and certification requirements.

Government Engagement Newsletter - October 2017
This has been an exciting week for the ENERGY STAR program. Earlier in the week, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency hosted their annual Products Partner Meeting in Chicago, Ill.
Preparing for Title 20
The first phase of compliance for Title 20 takes effect on Jan. 1, 2018. The California Energy Commission (CEC) has put out a six-step checklist to help manufacturers prepare for product certification.