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DOE Enforcement Webinar

  ALERT: DOE Enforcement Webinar Wednesday, May 4, from 2 - 3:30 p.m. ET   This notice is for RETAILERS and MANUFACTURERS. The forthcoming changes will impact your ...

USTR Reinstates Some Tariff Exclusions

As the Section 301 tariff ordeal has evolved, the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) created and implemented a tariff exclusion process. To date, USTR has approved 549 requests, but all of those have ...

Section 301 Tariffs Turn 4

The first $34 billion of Section 301 tariffs on products coming from China turn 4 later this year. Before these tariffs can completely enter the “ferocious fours” they are required to undergo a ...

DOE Initiates Standards Work for Ceiling Fans

The Department of Energy (DOE) released a preliminary technical support document (TSD) that includes its analysis of potential energy savings from ceiling fans. Publication of this document ...

COMING SOON: Federal 45 LPW Backstop for GSLs

ALA’s first set of comments, submitted last month, addressed DOE’s notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) seeking to implement a 45-lumen-per-watt requirement for general service lamps. DOE is taking ...

Capitol Hill Buzzing about China

The many challenges associated with China weigh heavily on the minds of legislators in Washington. The list of grievances is long: abuses of human rights, failure to address climate change, handling ...

Ceiling Fans Facing DOE Regulation, Again

The second set of comments, submitted earlier this week, is in response to DOE’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) regarding test procedures for ceiling fans. The SNOPR makes ...

ALA Submits Comments to DOE

Ceiling Fans Facing Regulation In early February, ALA submitted asecond set of comments in response to DOE’s supplemental notice of proposed rulemaking (SNOPR) regarding test procedures for ...

ALA Government Engagement Updates

ALA Submits Joint Comments to FCC ALA joined other consumer product trade associations in sending comments to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) opposing a recent proposal to assess ...

Government Engagement Update

After months of on-again, off-again negotiations, Congress finally came together on an omnibus spending package that included the latest round of COVID-19 relief as well as a bi-partisan energy ...

Government Engagement Update

Closing Out 2020... It is an understatement to say that 2020 did not go as planned. There was much talk of social-distancing, wearing masks, virtual everything and the new normal. There was, ...

ALA Seeks to End Bulb-in-the-Box in CA

Over ten years ago, the California Energy Commission (CEC) implemented a new requirement that all portable luminaires be packaged with a qualifying lamp. In the years since, California has advanced ...

Government Assistance Programs for ALA Members

Federal Reserve Board The Federal Reserve’s Main Street Lending Program was created to support the continued lending of credit to small- and medium-sized business who were on solid financial ...

Signed: Phase One Trade Deal

Last week, President Donald Trump and China’s Vice-Premier Liu He formally signed the Phase One trade deal, easing the recent friction. The détente officially delayed the expected tariffs on ceiling ...

List 3 Tariff Exclusions

The American Lighting Association (ALA) is tracking all lighting-related tariff exclusions granted from List 3. A complete list of granted lighting-related exclusions can be found on ALA’s ...

Proposition 65: Your Help Is Needed

ALA is working with California’s Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) to bring Prop 65 relief to manufacturers and showrooms. The process is moving into the scientific review ...

DOE Issues Final Process Rule

Also last week, the Department of Energy (DOE) announced it had completed its work updating the so-called Process Rule. The Process Rule is an internal rule used by DOE to define the rulemaking ...

More List 3 Exclusion Requests Granted

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) continues to process the exclusion requests submitted for List 3. ALA and manufacturing members submitted nearly 150 requests of which many are awaiting ...

Title 24: 2019 Residential Lighting Changes

The requirements for JA-8 high-efficacy remain largely unchanged. However, there are some items worth noting.  Products certified under the 2019 Title 24 standards must be labeled with the ...

Title 20 Sales Ban

Last month, the California Energy Commission (CEC) voted to ignore federal preemption and expand the definition for general service lamps (GSL). Thus, beginning Jan. 1, 2020, it will be against the ...

List 3 Exclusion Process

The United States Trade Representative (USTR) is working through the plethora of exclusion requests submitted for List 3. Several ALA members participated in the process and are still awaiting a ...

List 4b Tariffs

As we close out 2019, there is still much uncertainty about what will happen with List 4b. Currently slated to take effect this coming Sunday, Dec. 15, List 4b will add an additional 15-percent duty ...