ALA Annual Washington, D.C. Fly-in:
Industry Leaders Deliver Update to Congress and DOE
On May 11-12, ALA members and staff visited with 10 Congressional offices, 5 Senate offices and the staff of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce during the annual Washington, D.C. fly-in.
“This year’s fly-in brought some new faces to D.C. and I encourage other members to take part in future fly-ins as this is an extremely important and productive part of our government affairs efforts,” said Eric Jacobson, ALA president and CEO. “The fly-in provides a great platform for lighting company representatives to share the story of the industry directly with Members of Congress and senior government officials.”
The closing lunch, hosted by Lutron Electronics, gave members a chance to receive presentations from three offices within the Department of Energy (DOE). First to present was Sam Bowles with the Zero Energy Ready Home program who provided a background of the relatively new program and shared opportunities for how lighting manufacturers and showrooms can get involved. Next up, John Cymbalsky, the head of the Appliance Division, gave a progress report on the pending energy conservation rulemakings. Finally, Steven Goering, a counsel in the Enforcement Division, informed ALA members of the enforcement process and offered steps on how to avoid enforcement action.
ALA focused on several key issues during the meetings:
- avoid unnecessary regulation through proactive engagement with governments entities;
- pace the frequency of regulations coming from DOE;
- encourage passasge of the Remote Transactions Parity Act to close the internet sales tax loophole;
- promote a review of the Energy Policy and Conservation Act; and
- eliminate the tarroffs on ceiling fans.
This year’s fly-in was a success thanks to the participation of the following members:
- Tony Bacon, Casablance-Hunter Fan Company
- Bill Branham, The Brecher Company
- David Brenneman, Justice Design Group, LLC
- Michael Estrin- CLMR, Estrin Sales Agency
- Nathan Frampton, Fanimation
- Dave Gatto, Westinghouse Lighting
- Larry King- LS, Capital Lighting
- Clark Linstone, Lamps Plus & Pacific Coast Lighting
- Jared Northrop, Nesora Light Technologies
- Chris Primous, MaxLite
- David Weinstein, Lutron Electronics Company, Inc.
Planning is already underway for the 2017 fly-in - please plan to attend. Additional details to follow.