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Month: June 2010

Little Shows of Bipartisanship

Little Shows of Bipartisanship

Given the partisan rancor generally spilling out of the nation's capital, it was refreshing to attend a markup of several bills (including one that is important to NEMA's Signaling, Protection and Communication Section) that have bipartisan support. This morning the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade and Consumer Protection approved five measures by voice vote, including H.R. 1796, the Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Prevention Act. This bill, sponsored by Representative Read more [...]
Give Your Organization a Leg-up with Energy Savings

Give Your Organization a Leg-up with Energy Savings

Over the course of the past two years NEMA has reminded its blog readers of countless opportunities for both themselves and their organizations to save money through energy conservation. Despite the benefits of individual implementation of these strategies, their combination can yield a far greater return on investment.  A commercial building can earn an Energy Star label, similar to the one found on home appliances, by meeting standards regarding emissions and energy use. In order for a building Read more [...]
Solar Trash Cans? YES!

Solar Trash Cans? YES!

So I was walking from the Metro to NEMA's headquarters in Rosslyn, Va this morning and low and behold I see it. Yes, the world now has solar powered trash cans! Apparently these have been around a few years, Philadelphia in particular, but they are new to DC. It looks like any modern plastic trash can from a distance, but when I honed in on it I immediately did a double take. Rosslyn has implemented an initiative of solar powered trash cans that use sunlight to compact trash for optimal space Read more [...]
It’s all about the inventories

It’s all about the inventories

The old adage of “what goes up must come down” is perhaps the most appropriate for the housing market’s behavior over the past year. Thanks to the federal homebuyer tax credit expiration last fall then its subsequent extension/expansion in the spring, getting a handle on market conditions for housing has been difficult. Nonetheless, the body of evidence points to some significant inventory problems that will prevent the market from returning to ‘normal’ anytime soon. Read more [...]
Gold nanoparticles key to efficient lithium-air batteries?

Gold nanoparticles key to efficient lithium-air batteries?

According to this paper published by researchers at MIT in the Journal of the American Chemical Society, rechargeable lithium-air batteries can be significantly more efficient by using a catalyst that consists of nanoparticles of a gold and platinum alloy. Perhaps this could help significantly toward making these high-energy-density batteries practical for powering electric vehicles.  In response to the paper, Dr. Richard Holliday, Director – Industrial at the World Gold Read more [...]
enLIGHTen America is heading to Cali

enLIGHTen America is heading to Cali

In late 2008, NEMA’s Lighting Systems Division embarked on a joint marketing campaign, enLIGHTen America, to promote energy-efficient lighting upgrades for new and existing buildings (commercial, industrial, and institutional) and disseminate information about lighting and lighting controls that will save energy, provide a return on investment, and increase asset value.  To this end, over the last year and a half the enLIGHTen America campaign has published feature articles in major building Read more [...]
The Heat Is On

The Heat Is On

Temperatures are rising in the nation’s capital, and I don’t just mean literally (although we have been above 90 for five straight days, with heat indices hovering near 100 degrees).  With the arrival of summer comes the most tumultuous part of Congress’ legislative schedule. And there are several things boiling right now—responding to the BP oil spill, preparing for the confirmation of Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan, negotiating a tax “extenders” Read more [...]
CFLs and Recycling at Earthfest 2010

CFLs and Recycling at Earthfest 2010

Last month, NEMA participated in Earthfest, an “eco concert” celebration in Boston, Massachusetts. Thousands of patrons enjoyed a day of music, food, and the opportunity to learn about the environmental work of exhibiting organizations. Representatives from NEMA, Veolia, Waste Management, and OSRAM Sylvania enjoyed educating consumers on the importance of properly disposing of CFL lamps. We engaged concert goers with live demonstrations of energy efficiency, educational handouts, and Read more [...]
The End of the China Price?

The End of the China Price?

For the better part of the last decade, the notion of the “China price” has been central to understanding trends in global trade flows and the accumulation of a vast Chinese trade surplus. The “China price” flowed from the dramatically lower cost of producing labor intensive goods in the Middle Kingdom relative to the developed world thanks to the presumed limitless supply of heretofore farm-bound subsistence labor making its way to burgeoning coastal manufacturing centers Read more [...]
Kudos to NEMA "flex conduit" groups

Kudos to NEMA "flex conduit" groups

A new 2010 edition of NEMA RV 3, Application and Installation Guidelines for Liquidtight Flexible Metallic and Nonmetallic Conduits, will be published soon.  Thanks to a joint effort of the NEMA Flexible Metal Conduit Voting Classification and the Polymer Raceway Technical Committee, RV 3, which used to contain only guideline information for LFMC, will now include both LFMC and LFNC.  These two NEMA member groups are to be commended for their work and spirit of cooperation.  Read more [...]