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Circular Sustainability: Fertile Ground for Innovation

Circular Sustainability: Fertile Ground for Innovation

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health, and Safety, NEMA In recent years, regulatory policy in the United States and elsewhere has been influenced to a broad extent by philosophical concepts such as product stewardship, the precautionary principle, and zero waste. At the same time, another model has risen to…

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John Malinowski Retires, Anticipates New Challenges

John Malinowski Retires, Anticipates New Challenges

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. William Hoyt, Industry Director, NEMA John Malinowski announced his retirement from Baldor/ABB in February after 34 years with the company. Fittingly, his final days with Baldor were spent at the NEMA Motor & Generator Section (1MG) meetings in Key West. While John was the 1MG section chair from 2009-2015,…

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Consumers Redefine Distribution Automation

Consumers Redefine Distribution Automation

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Pat Avery, General Manager, Distribution Automation, G&W Electric Company Distribution Automation (DA) is a family of technologies including sensors, processors, communication networks, and switches that can perform a number of distribution system functions depending on how they are implemented. Over the last 20 years, utilities have been applying DA…

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Major Changes to 2017 NEC Covered with IEEE/IAS

Major Changes to 2017 NEC Covered with IEEE/IAS

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA I addressed changes to the 2017 National Electrical Code® (NEC) at the January meeting of the Oakland/East Bay Chapter of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers/Industry Applications Society (IEEE/IAS).  The 2014 NEC has only been in effect in California since January 1,…

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Senate Dems Propose Infrastructure Blueprint

Senate Dems Propose Infrastructure Blueprint

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA On January 24, 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and top Senate Democrats unveiled a major infrastructure proposal, A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure and Create 15 Million Jobs. This plan requires a $1 trillion investment and, by their projections, would create…

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Empowering the Next-Generation Power Grid with Big Data

Empowering the Next-Generation Power Grid with Big Data

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Kerrick Johnson, Vice President of Strategy and Communication, Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO) Picture a tool that sees precisely into the near future and enables utilities to better protect communities, meet customer needs, and realize renewable energy’s full value. That was the vision of the Vermont Electric Power Company (VELCO)…

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Corporate Sustainability Is Environmental Responsibility

Corporate Sustainability Is Environmental Responsibility

This piece was originally published as the chairman’s column in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Michail Pessina, Chairman, NEMA Board of Governors We often think of sustainability from a purely environmental perspective—leave no trace, use fewer natural resources, and minimize our footprint on the planet. Corporate sustainability is about environmental responsibility; it is also about the overall wellbeing of the…

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Distribution Automation: Reducing Energy Losses and Improving Reliability

Distribution Automation: Reducing Energy Losses and Improving Reliability

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Bill Flerchinger, Technical Marketing Manager, Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories, Inc. More and more utilities want to take advantage of technology such as microprocessor-based controls and computing platforms, revolutionary communication technologies, sensor technologies, advanced algorithms, and advanced coordination of devices for holistic system optimization. To do this, the name of the…

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3D Printing Comes Home

3D Printing Comes Home

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA While 3D printers for home use have been available for about five years, it is only recently that price and performance have come to a point that they can be called affordable. In January, I bought one. Any hobbyist or DIYer is familiar…

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Installation Inspection Critical to Meter Socket Safety

Installation Inspection Critical to Meter Socket Safety

Steve Griffith, Industry Director, NEMA As utilities across the world continue to grow the smart grid infrastructure, existing electric meters are being replaced with new smart meters that include two-way communication features. The benefits with smart meters are numerous; they provide real time energy usage information and improve power outage detection and notification. New smart meters are often installed in…

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