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Month: May 2011

Not Just Handbags and Watches…Counterfeits Kill

Not Just Handbags and Watches…Counterfeits Kill

While the NEMA Signaling, Protection and Communication Section (03SB) was meeting in Seattle last week and discussing the latest research, codes, regulations and legislation impacting smoke/fire and carbon monoxide detection, a story broke in Atlanta that is downright scary: thousands of counterfeit smoke alarms were installed in Atlanta homes by the city's fire department. CBS Atlanta broke the story last Wednesday, citing an investigation that found that over 18,000 counterfeit Read more [...]
Status Report: Geneva

Status Report: Geneva

Last week, near the shores of Lake Geneva, three major trading nations flatly rejected a proposal by the European Union to jump-start stalled talks to reduce or eliminate customs duties on most international trade in electrical and electronic equipment. Essentially, the three refused flatly to reduce their tariffs on imported products in ways that would grant new market access in return for the U.S., EU, Japan, and Australia eliminating their tariffs on the same categories of goods. "Who are Read more [...]
How do you raise awareness for EVSE? Propose installing it in Senate garages!

How do you raise awareness for EVSE? Propose installing it in Senate garages!

Yesterday, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee agreed to S. 739, a bill to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in Senate garages at no net cost to the taxpayer. The bill is now eligible for Senate consideration. This is a small but important step to increasing awareness and adoption of EVSE. If passed by the Senate, decision makers will have the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at this exciting technology, and hopefully Read more [...]
EVs in the House!

EVs in the House!

After a number of electric vehicle infrastructure bills have been introduced in the Senate, the House got in on the action this week as Reps. Judy Biggert, Ed Markey, Anna Eshoo, and Jerry McNerney introduced HR 1685, the NEMA-supported Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2011. Infrastructure investments, essential to the adoption of EVs, cannot be overlooked.  Key provisions in HR 1685 include an extension through 2014 of the Section 30C tax credit for electric vehicle refueling property—also Read more [...]
Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape in two of the most congested regions of the country—the Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic.  If progress in these areas can be stymied, what Read more [...]