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Month: September 2011

ACTA-tion on Trade

ACTA-tion on Trade

Tomorrow (Oct. 1) in Japan representatives from several governments, including the U.S., are expected to put pen to paper and formally sign an international agreement to combat theft of intellectual property rights. As NEMA has pointed out repeatedly, product counterfeiting as well as trade- and certification-mark piracy are not just an issue for movies and handbags but also for some sectors of the global electroindustry. These can also present safety issues, as explained by the Electrical Safety Read more [...]
Award for GE Arc Flash hazard protection system

Award for GE Arc Flash hazard protection system

GE Industrial Solutions have launched an arc fault mitigation system for switchgear which significantly reduces the risk of injury from Arc Flash events.  GE’s Arc Vault Protection System was the 2011 winner in the protective devices category in Electrical Construction & Maintenance (EC&M) magazine’s product of the year award.   An arc flash can generate temperatures up to 35,000 degrees, a pressure blast, deafening noise, blinding light, molten metal and shrapnel.  Read more [...]
Clearing the Way for Trade

Clearing the Way for Trade

In his jobs speech to Congress, President Obama asked members to "clear the way" for consideration of the long-stalled 3 free trade agreements with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. Today, the way is expected to become clearer as the Senate starts formal consideration of extension of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) program and prepares to add renewal and extension of the Labor Department's Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program and send the legislation back to the Read more [...]
Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

It’s been a week since power has been restored to San Diego after a massive “operator error”-induced blackout. In a sign of just how far we as a nation still have to go in achieving a Smart Grid, not only were grid operators unable to choke off the outage before it grew into a major blackout, but operators (as well as the media and even Congress) are still scratching their heads about just how this localized problem spread so far and so rapidly. California’s ISO announced Read more [...]
US Participation Needed in Quantum Dot Standards

US Participation Needed in Quantum Dot Standards

The TC 113 TAG is about to introduce new work proposals for a specification for characterizing luminescent nanoparticles (e.g. Quantum Dots), and a template specification sheet for these nanoscale materials.  QD’s as a game changer in next-generation LED lighting and medical imaging technologies have begun making inroads in the marketplace, so standardized characterization techniques and a template specification are critical to encourage common language communication between nanomaterial Read more [...]
Government Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs Goes Unspent

Government Funding for Energy Efficiency Programs Goes Unspent

An Energy Department audit found that nearly $900M for efficiency grants to states, cities has gone unspent.  This money was authorized in the 2009 economic stimulus law to help states, territories, local governments and Indian tribes improve their energy efficiency and reduce fossil fuel emissions, through projects such as retrofitting buildings.  These grants are an important way to improve the efficiency of older buildings, reduce waste and create jobs.  NEMA members manufacture Read more [...]