GREEN Input from a leading U.S. LED Manufacturer to the U.S. Government
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Simply, many renewable energy companies, like solar and wind power providers, require subsidies since their products do not typically yield favorable Return on Investment (ROI) for end users without the crutch from Uncle Sam. However, LED manufacturers have found that the ROI is so favorable given the inefficiency of existing incandescent, fluorescent and High Intensity Discharge (HID) that their products can often stand on their own. HIDs are typically in commercial and industrial lighting applications, like Metal Halide parking garage fixtures and high bays for warehouses, distribution centers, or factories. Given that these areas often have long daily run time due to security or multiple shifts, the payback is even greater and thus more advantageous for US LED manufacturers.
The nature of the recent legislative input in early July, 2012 by the United States International Trade Commission to US LED Manufacturers centers on Bills for HID and LED Tubes, Drivers, LED lamp types and other components. The public sector is periodically accused of being out of touch with core needs of the private sector, but in this case the government has proactively reached out for feedback.
The United States International Trade Commission advises the President and Congress on legislative matters. On 7.9.12, the Commission asked Independence LED (www.IndependenceLED.com) a leading U.S. Manufacturer of LED Tubes and Multi-Tube LED Fixtures to provide input from the perspective of a manufacturer and employer, specifically regarding multiple Bills before Congress that have trade duty implications on imported foreign products. Independence LED provided detailed feedback that was included in Trade Commission Report to Congress.
The LED Manufacturer Report by Independence LED includes the Research Sources and the breakdown of the different Bills that are all included here: LED Manufacturer Report to US International Trade Commission