While Jan. 1 remained the official deadline for torchiere compliance under the Energy Act of 2005, the U.S. Department of Energy has indicated to the American Lighting Assn. that it will "most likely" not enforce the revised regulations for a period of time.
The "extension" offers the lighting industry a window in which to develop technology that will bar the lamps from operating above 190W.
As manufacturers, ALA Director of Technology Terry McGowan and members of the ALA Engineering Committee continue their quest for an affordable solution, ALA President Dick Upton is working to secure the passage of a technical correction bill that will extend the torchiere compliance deadline at least another six to 12 months.
ALA Opposes NCC's Antitrust Immunity
The ALA awaits a decision from the U.S. government's Surface Transportation Board (STB) on the reversal of antitrust immunity for the National Classification Committee's (NCC) bureau agreement.
Under the STB-authorized immunity, the trucking industry's NCC develops and maintains freight classes without input from shippers, an exclusion that can cost the lighting industry millions.
During the STB?s routine 2005 review of all motor carrier bureau agreements, the ALA presented its concerns.
"In a deregulated economy, why should any aspect of [industry] enjoy antitrust immunity?" asks ALA President Dick Upton.
If the STB does renew immunity, the ALA asks that the board give shippers an equal vote in approving any classification changes.
"We've done what we can do to plead our case," Upton says. "The STB has all the information it needs. Hopefully, we will receive its ruling soon."