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2017 Atlantic Hurricane Mid-Season Report

2017 Atlantic Hurricane Mid-Season Report

September marks the mid-point of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season. The National Hurricane Center now predicts there is a 60% chance of an above-normal season compared to the May prediction of 45% chance. The mid-season outlook predicts: 14-19 named storms, an increase from the May predicted range of 11-17 2-5 major hurricanes, an increase from the May predicted range of…

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The History and Future of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

The History and Future of Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment

An article dedicated to electric vehicle charging requirements was added to the National Electrical Code® (NEC) in its 1996 edition. This would lead some to believe the 1990s was the origin of the electric vehicle industry, but the electric vehicle dates back to the mid-1800s and was one of the first markets for the electric motor, storage battery, and distribution equipment…

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Thomas Edison Invented the Smart Phone

Thomas Edison Invented the Smart Phone

I know what you are thinking.  Thomas Edison could not have possibly invented the smart phone considering he passed away on October 18, 1931 well before the first true smart phone became commercially available in 1994.  You would be correct to say the Simon Personal Communicator introduced by BellSouth was the first cellular phone to incorporate other features such as…

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NEMA Activates Natural Disaster Standard Operating Procedures for Hurricane Matthew

NEMA Activates Natural Disaster Standard Operating Procedures for Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew has left sheer devastation in five states along the Atlantic Coast. While significant flooding from rain and storm surge was anticipated in several coastal communities in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina; not even the most experienced weather experts at the National Hurricane Center were able to predict the deluge of rain that would fall on North Carolina and…

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NEMA Guidance: Atlantic Hurricane Season

NEMA Guidance: Atlantic Hurricane Season

June 1 is the start of the Atlantic hurricane season. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting a “near normal” hurricane season with approximately 10–16 named storms, 4–8 hurricanes, and 1–4 major hurricanes.  However, it only takes one landfall to have catastrophic consequences. The NEMA Field Representatives are reaching out to our contacts in the electrical and emergency…

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Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 2: Prescriptive Rules Verses Performance Rules

The ultimate goal of a code or standard is to provide a clear set of instructions for the construction, installation, and use of an electrical or alarm product. These instructions come in two different forms: prescriptive rules and performance rules. The results of these rules ensure a safe installation free of hazards to a person or property from the use…

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Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

Codes & Standards – What Is the Correct Perspective, Part 1: Permissive Rules Verses Prohibitive Rules?

A fundamental goal during the development of a code or standard is to ensure the written word is clear, concise, and easy to interpret. This is usually achieved by assembling a diverse group of interested professionals with varying perspectives that collectively work together to produce a consensus document. The process covers all bases, leaves no stone unturned, and foresees any…

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The Passing of a Legend – John D Minick

The Passing of a Legend – John D Minick

The electrical industry is mourning the death of former NEMA Field Representative John Minick, who passed away on October 8, 2015. He was 72 years old. John was a nationally recognized electrical code expert and a consummate advocate of the electrical industry. Many generations of electrical professionals have been guided and mentored by John’s immense knowledge of the electrical code…

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Tropical Storm Erika

Tropical Storm Erika

As Tropical Storm Erika enters the warm waters of the Caribbean Sea, the citizens of Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and South Carolina need to keep a close eye on the forecasted track of the storm.  Erika has the potential to bring high winds, flooding rain, and deadly lightning up to 150-miles from the center of circulation. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association…

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Louisiana’s Emergency Rule for Solar PV Systems to Protect First Responders

Louisiana’s Emergency Rule for Solar PV Systems to Protect First Responders

The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of the State Fire Marshal, Louisiana State Uniform Construction Code Council (LSUCCC) has exercised the emergency provision of the Administrative Procedure Act to amend, supplement and expand portions of and readopt LAC 55:VI.301 in the State Uniform Construction Code. Furthermore, the LSUCCC has found an immediate need to adopt additional amendments of…

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