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Month: August 2011

Jobs, Jobs, Who’s Got the Jobs?

Jobs, Jobs, Who’s Got the Jobs?

As Congress prepares to return from its summer recess and President Obama rolls up his sleeves after a vacation in Martha's Vineyard, there is one question on people's minds. What are they going to do about JOBS? Without a doubt, Americans remain very concerned about the nation's current economic conditions and jobs (or lack thereof). And they are looking to…

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Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

A key part of the national electrical grid is the transmission of electricity over large distances from the point of its generation to the point of use.  This is becoming increasing important as renewable energy sources become a significant part of the generation mix.  The quantity of electricity that can be transported over a specific line is a function of…

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The Other Dangers of Irene

The Other Dangers of Irene

The name "Irene" derives from the Greek word eirene, which means "peace." But from what meteorologists at the National Weather Service and others are telling us, Hurricane Irene (poised to bully her way up the East Coast this weekend) is anything but peaceful. Warning and watches have been posted up and down the eastern seaboard, and evacuations along the coast and…

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NEMA Podcasts Explain New Lightbulb Labels and Lumens

NEMA Podcasts Explain New Lightbulb Labels and Lumens

      To more fully explain America’s transition to energy efficient lighting, NEMA is producing a six-part podcast series focused on the 5LS of Lighting: Location, Lumens, Lightbulbs, Label, and Law.  As utilities, contractors, and consumers attempt to both understand and explain the new lighting world, they can quickly learn the basics.  The most recent releases are included below….

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Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

Does China Deserve to be an IEC Group A member?

In the world of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) there are several categories of membership for the countries that participate in that international standards body.  Full members are those National Committees that have access to all technical and managerial activities and functions, at all levels of the IEC, including voting rights in the IEC Council.  There are also Associate members and…

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Building on Trade

Building on Trade

Picking up from where I left off: We are a week closer to the return of Congress from its August break and the level of anxiety is rising. President Obama is to make a speech next month presenting a jobs initiative. Meanwhile, we wait for the White House to send implementing legislation to Congress for 3 free trade agreements (FTAs) that…

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Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

A central policy recommendation touted by President Obama during his multistate bus tour this week is the creation of an infrastructure bank.   But does it make sense to be talking about a new government program while we are battling with the highest national debt ever?  In a word, yes.   Despite the unprecedented importance to our economy of bringing down our deficits and…

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Catching Up on Trade

Catching Up on Trade

In his weekly radio address last Saturday, President Obama listed several things that Congress can do to help American workers as soon as it returns from an August break: extend tax breaks for middle class and low income families, extend unemployment benefits, and approve three market-opening free trade agreements. This item is the first in a weekly series leading into…

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IGCC may need to consider the facts of life

IGCC may need to consider the facts of life

IGCC is heading towards the final public hearings in November.  One article in particular Article 505.1.1 Service Life, raised a lot of objections during the second IGCC  public review  since it asks that all electrical products must have a design life of minimum 25 years.      NEMA proposed that the “electrical” category be removed altogether from the requirement.  While many electrical…

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