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Month: June 2008

Asleep at the Helm?

Asleep at the Helm?

After offering some tough talk on inflation and the dollar only a couple of weeks prior, Ben Bernanke & Co. (save for FOMC member Fisher) punted again this week on interest rates, on the rationale that growth remains weak and that "inflation is expected to moderate later this year and next year." Consumers stung at the pump, fleeced at the…

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Competing to Survive

Competing to Survive

I have never been confused with an economist, but one of my jobs here at NEMA is to assist companies who are interested in selling their equipment abroad. So something I read yesterday struck me. In an AP story about U.S. consumer confidence hitting new lows, an economist for one of the major banks (I am not a customer but there is a…

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Pete Light — A Cute Mascot for Energy Efficiency

Pete Light — A Cute Mascot for Energy Efficiency

We know we're making progress on the energy efficiency front when our products start appearing as adorable mascots. Take a gander at how the the 21st Civil Engineer Squadron is promoting energy efficiency at Peterson Air Force Base. Is Pete Light cute enough to squeeze or what? (Lawyer's notice: NEMA recommends against squeezing actual CFLs.) Read more […]

You Won’t Know How Much You Love Me ‘Till I’m Gone

You Won’t Know How Much You Love Me ‘Till I’m Gone

Last Tuesday’s (6/17) Financial Times featured some articles that struck common electrical cords: • A special section on South Africa highlighted an unsettling wave of power outages there in recent months, triggered by the long-standing government policy of not investing in infrastructure so as to avoid unpopular rate hikes. • An article on Iraq described how public confidence there continues…

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Scoping the Smart Grid

Scoping the Smart Grid

What can you do with 150 smart power systems people gathered in a room? If there aren't any light bulbs that need to be changed, they just might assemble a few innovative metrics to guage progress on the smart grid. I attended the Department of Energy's Smart Grid Implementation Workshop, held yesterday and today at L'Enfant Plaza. Stakeholders from across…

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Two Peas in a Pod?

Two Peas in a Pod?

Writing in the WSJ yesterday (subscription req'd), Karl Rove takes both major party presidential nominees to task for their frequent aversion to the notion that a free society should allow market mechanisms to appropriately allocate its scarce resources. A particular target of the candidates is the behavior of certain energy firms.  (In a grand rhetorical flourish, Rove even goes as…

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In Tim Russert’s Memory

In Tim Russert’s Memory

On Friday June 13 the sad news of Tim Russert’s passing reached me. As everyone else, I liked Tim – an extraordinarily nice man, a great journalist. Sundays will never be the same without Tim on Meet the Press! In a couple of days the talk turned to the question that occurred to me immediately: why? Tim’s cardiologist reviewed his…

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NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformers Program Gets an International Rollout

NEMA Premium Efficiency Transformers Program Gets an International Rollout

Yesterday morning at their annual meeting in Toronto, EEI Executive Director Diane Munns announced the creation of a joint program between EEI and NEMA to provide and procure efficient distribution transformers ahead of the Department of Energy's 2010 mandate. With CEOs from Consolidated Edison, TECO, Duke, and Pepco present, Munns lauded the efforts of utilities and manufacturers to implement efficiency…

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