The EPA and Energy Star teamed to keep true energy-saving technology out of the public eye

The EPA and Energy Star teamed to keep true energy-saving technology out of the public eye

In the late 1970s, a NASA electrical engineer named Frank Nola invented device that he called the Nola Controller. It is employed in spacecraft and tens of millions of applications daily back here on planet Earth. Some consider Frank Nola a true genius for inventing the algorithm behind a device that delivers the optimum amount of energy to electrical motors.

But not the Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA considers the Nola Controller nothing more than black box technology, which the high priests at the temple of government innovation long ago declared to be bad juju: unworthy of the attention of the “non-profit” scientist producing cost-effective products for the ENERGY STAR brand.

Nola’s invention was such a threat to government-certified energy efficiency that it was literally banned from use in America’s industrial sector, the largest electrical market on the the planet. Why was there no love for Nola’s creation? The one-word answer was “money.”

“If it’s not ENERGY STAR, it’s not energy efficient” wasn’t just the motto for the EPA. It has been the central theme of a federal initiative known as market transformation since 1992. The EPA claims that ENERGY STAR has saved over $430 billion dollars but has never been able to explain how their certified products allegedly save 25 to 50% more electrical energy than other identical products. Only the EPA could make such a delusional claim, because only the EPA processes the secret science behind their multi-billion dollar commodity.

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Hundreds of billions of dollars were supposedly generated by EPA’s unique commodity, but try to find a single news report, government study, or any evidence to support those claims. There is none. It is a fact well known to mainstream media, academics, and the environmental activists who have been the primary beneficiaries of the magical properties of ENERGY STAR. Vast fortunes were made by marketing the ENERGY STAR brand as a global leader in energy efficiency, not from any actual energy-savings produced by ENERGY STAR products.

There has never been a national standard for the measurement and verification of energy savings in electrical technologies and products, yet lawyers somehow crafted rules mandating the exclusive use of ENERGY STAR by the government in the United States. Canada, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, Australia, Switzerland, and the entire European Community also decided to mandate the use of EPA’s superior brand, making “certified” government energy efficiency the most lucrative commodity on the planet.

ENERGY STAR was also selected as the primary source for GHG emission reductions in the Paris Climate Agreement, which placed EPA energy efficiency experts in charge of measurement and verification of energy savings for all countries signed on to that international agreement. But you knew that, right?

All of government’s multi-billion dollar claims are based on estimations by bureaucrats directed by the EPA. “Lead by example” guidelines released in 2009 instruct bureaucrats to base their energy-savings estimates on the number of ENERGY STAR products purchased.

EPA’s superior brand of energy efficiency represented the single largest and most expensive component in Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan, a fact never included in debate heard before the U.S. Supreme Court. It was also the key feature in Obama’s Save Energy Now program, pushing for $100 billion in energy efficiency investments in the industrial sector but is available only to EPA partners. As with all of EPA’s multi-billion dollar programs, the general public has never been allowed to learn about efforts to bring government energy efficiency to America’s industrial sector.

The Save Energy Now boondoggle had 24 universities providing “free” energy audits at the industrial facilities of large corporations in partnerships with EPA and claiming their audits produced billions of dollars in savings that had been missed or intentionally overlooked by real engineers and plant managers. It is a concept so delusional as to defy all logic, yet was accepted without question by your government. This is part of the settled science nobody wants to talk about, and for good reason.

President Trump recently announced the “close out” of the ENERGY STAR program, which effectively ends the mandate requiring government to purchase only ENERGY STAR products and services from EPA partners. The move has opened up a trillion-dollar market for American businesses to deliver products and services directly to our government, the largest procurement agency in the world.

This is a secret worth keeping if you’re a member of the EPA billionaires club or the media foundations raking in billions of taxpayer dollars through non-profit organizations.

If EPA can claim to have saved hundreds of billions of dollars without ever identifying a single technology, imagine how much money could really be saved through the actual installation of real technologies by professionals with license to engage in the electrical industry. If you’re into jobs and wealth creation, here is a topic worthy of a sober conversation.

Which brings us back to the invention by Frank Nola, the man who created one of the most important technological breakthroughs since Nikola Tesla introduced the alternating current system and polyphase induction motor.

Since its inception, the Nola Controller technology has been updated with a digital signal processor, increasing the performance of its soft start features and the ability to integrate with wireless applications and participate in a wide variety of utility load-shedding and time of use programs of value to industrial customers. This makes it one of the most advanced technologies on the planet for industrial customers and a major threat to radical professors promoting 1960’s era ideologies.

Now that the Trump administration has ended the corrupt ENERGY STAR program, will government finally lift the ban on Nola’s invention and other advanced technologies that could actually benefit manufacturing and production operations? Thousands of highly paid professionals in the electrical field could immediately begin treating motor loads in place, saving hundreds of billions in electric bills annually for manufacturers. This in turn would relieve stress from our crumbling electrical gird system. It is a win-win for America.

Conor Coughlin

Conor Coughlin

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