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Month: October 2011

Cybersecurity—Everyone’s Responsibility

Cybersecurity—Everyone’s Responsibility

October is National Cybersecurity Awareness month. President Obama identified digital infrastructure as a strategic national asset, and cybersecurity as “a necessity for both businesses and consumers.” Further, “every American has a stake in security our networks and personal information.” Coming of age when “lock your door” referred to a physical door (on the house or the car), it was somewhat overwhelming to learn that I now share personal responsibility for Read more [...]
Utility discussion about Electric Vehicles and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

Utility discussion about Electric Vehicles and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an electric vehicles session a conference in California.  While a lot of good information was exchanged, there were two things that stuck out in my mind that will impact the way NEMA members need to think about supplying products to the EV market. The first point was from a utility operator who was participating in an EV pilot program.  In terms of the lessons learned, the consumer behavior that surprised them the most was the idea of “topping Read more [...]
Persistence is Rewarded

Persistence is Rewarded

Yesterday, with bipartisan votes, Congress approved legislation proposed by President Obama to implement free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The votes are the most significant milepost to date on the road to greater market access for U.S. electroindustry exporters to these 3 important markets in Asia and Latin America -- a road that began way back in 2004 in the case of Panama. President Obama, who is meeting with the South Korean President today prior to Mr. Lee Read more [...]
Protect Your Family From Fire

Protect Your Family From Fire

This week (October 9-15) is Fire Prevention Week, and life safety advocates across the nation are reminding Americans to "Protect Your Family From Fire!" First established in 1922 to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire of 1871 that killed more than 250 people, left 100,000 homeless, and destroyed more than 17,400 structures, Fire Prevention Week has been observed every year since during the Sunday through Saturday period in which October 9 (the day the Chicago Fire did most of Read more [...]
Let’s Map Quest Harmonization

Let’s Map Quest Harmonization

As with most journeys, there are usually multiple ways to get to the final destination. Shortest route, shortest time, intermediate stop offs. We all get tired of going down the same old road, day after day, week after week and as in some standard development cases, year after year. Too bad there wasn’t a GPS for standard development. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could just load in the resultant destination of our choosing…..in order to achieve U.S., CANADIAN, MEXICAN…..and Read more [...]