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Green Energy Storage is becoming Red Hot

Green Energy Storage is becoming Red Hot

According to a news release from S&C Electric Company "the concept of energy storage has become a practical reality. Utility companies are now installing energy storage systems on their distribution circuits to gain experience with these new distributed power resources, and determining how best to use them for both planned applications and contingency events." So what makes these energy storage…

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Lower Income Households Win with SMART GRID

Lower Income Households Win with SMART GRID

On October 23, 2008, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) hosted a U.S. Department of Energy E-Forum on Smart Grid. The title of the E-Forum was Smart Grid – What is the Value Proposition for Consumers? I had the opportunity to attend this excellent web-based seminar. The meeting announcement and the seminar presentations can be viewed from the Smart Grid page…

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NEMA Staff attend DOE Smart Grid workshop

NEMA Staff attend DOE Smart Grid workshop

Two NEMA staff members, John Caskey from the Industry Operations and Eric Hsieh from Government Relations, participated in the Department of Energy’s Smart Grid Implementation Workshop. The objective of the workshop was to develop metrics for measuring progress toward the implementation of the Smart Grid. More than 140 experts from utilities, equipment manufacturers, state agencies, universities and national laboratories attended….

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Another WIN for utility ratepayers

Another WIN for utility ratepayers

Today, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announced the initiation of a program that will help electric utilities more quickly incorporate energy-efficient electric transformers into their distribution grids. The ratepayers win because the electric utility is able to save energy and money using the highly efficient electric transformers. The environment wins because less CO2 released to…

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WIND ENERGY – the good, the bad, and the ugly news!

WIND ENERGY – the good, the bad, and the ugly news!

I recently had the opportunity to attend the WINDPOWER 2008 Conference & Exhibition in Houston Texas. This event is reported to be the largest annual wind energy event in the world. There were approximately 770 exhibits and roughly 12,000 attendees. Actual wind turbine blades were on exhibit outside the conference center and a complete nacelle (turbine housing) was open for…

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Smart Grid on its way!

Smart Grid on its way!

Xcel Energy announced the development of the first Smart Grid City in Boulder Colorado. According to Xcel Energy's press release, Xcel Will be spending $100 million to develop the Smart Grid City. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends Xcel for investing in the future and pursuing Smart Grid technologies. For those new to the terminology, Smart Grid is basically the…

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Is Your Bike Carrier GREEN?

Is Your Bike Carrier GREEN?

Spring is in the air for most of the U.S.  Now is the time for our thoughts to turn to vacations and hiking, biking, boating and just about anything outdoors. If you are taking your bikes with you on vacation, consider how much gas you waste by carrying your bikes on the roof of your car or van.  My family drives…

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