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Accelerating Grid Modernization

Accelerating Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP This decade has been marked by extreme weather incidents, and businesses across the nation have felt the impact when their power has gone out. While utility reliability on sunny days is very good across the nation, utilities are working on strategies to ensure that unanticipated weather disasters don’t cause extended outages. Grid modernization programs, where more Read more […]

Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA Severe weather and fires, coupled with an aging and overstressed electrical infrastructure, may dramatically affect lives and property in the United States in the coming years. This month marks the peak of the hurricane season. Forest fires, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, on the other hand, follow no calendar. Read more […]

Arresters Section Publishes Purchasing Guides

Arresters Section Publishes Purchasing Guides

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry.   The NEMA Arresters Section published six guides and accompanying videos on surge arresters. These include four guides on purchasing good quality arresters, an instructional document on protecting distribution lines from lightning, and a document on the uses of transmission line arresters. According to NEMA Program Manager Gary MacFadden, the topics of these guides were chosen to educate utility Read more […]

Responding Before, During, and After Flooding

Responding Before, During, and After Flooding

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Don Iverson, Midwest Field Representative, NEMA Flooding in the Midwest occurs predominantly in the spring, as the result of an overabundance of snowfall in the upper Midwest and Canada. Rivers and dams overflow into cities, devastating whole communities and displacing residents. Hurricanes cause similar damage elsewhere. Tropical storms peak in September Read more […]

Data Certification Program Responds to Customer Needs

Data Certification Program Responds to Customer Needs

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Colleen Psomas, Marketing Manager, IDEA Imagine this: A potential buyer visits a car dealership looking for the latest model, but the dealer only has specs for a previous model. Though similar, the outdated specs do not include the enhanced safety features or environmental certifications available in the new model. The buyer may then go elsewhere to find the information. To avoid completely losing the Read more […]

Members of Congress Visit NEMA Member Facilities

Members of Congress Visit NEMA Member Facilities

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA In an effort to encourage communication between Congress and NEMA manufacturers, NEMA staff contacted senators and representatives to facilitated visits to member company locations during the summer recess and into the fall. This year, more than 100 congressional offices expressed interested in learning more about NEMA members in their area. To Read more […]

New Day Dawns with Water-Damaged Equipment

New Day Dawns with Water-Damaged Equipment

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA On a trip to New York City about a year after Super Storm Sandy plowed up the coast and wreaked havoc on the New York and New Jersey coastlines, I responded to a call from an electrical contractor in Brooklyn whose client ran a laundromat a few blocks from the shore. The contractor asked if I could offer…

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Bulletproofing the Grid

Bulletproofing the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager, Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB Inc. Recent events and developing threats remind us that as essential as the grid is to national and economic security—and our very way of life—it is and always has been vulnerable. The 2013 rifle attack on a California substation that damaged 17 transformers and six circuit breakers, causing 52,000 gallons of oil to be spilled Read more […]

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future. America is now a leading producer of oil and natural gas. At the same time, there has been explosive growth of cleaner, lower Read more […]

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA With policy changes thawing relations between Cuba and the United States, NEMA staff met with Cuban embassy officials and staff from the U.S. departments of Commerce and State in order to assess trade potential for NEMA/MITA members. Moving beyond initial discussions and research, Jonathan Stewart, government Read more […]