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How much energy in a gallon of water?

How much energy in a gallon of water?

Readers of ei magazine have noticed an error in the sidebar for an article I recently wrote concerning the impact of the energy-water nexus on manufacturers and the electroindustry.  The sidebar cites an article by Michael E. Webber in Scientific American that describes the amount of energy required to deliver ONE MILLION (my emphasis) gallons of clean water.  When I transcribed…

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FACT SHEET: Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process

FACT SHEET: Executive Order on Streamlining the Export/Import Process

http://wh.gov/lPlXu The White House Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 19, 2014 In his State of the Union address, President Obama set an ambitious agenda to make 2014 a year of action: using his pen and his phone to take steps that expand opportunity for America’s middle class – including helping small American businesses compete in a…

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Correcting Kiplinger

Correcting Kiplinger

I was just reading the January 24, 2014 issue of The Kiplinger Letter and noticed a glaring error in the reporting about lightbulb efficiency standards in the “Green Business” section of the letter.  The letter states: But energy-saving lightbulbs are in for a setback.  The recent budget deal passed by Congress pulls the plug on an earlier law requiring that incandescent…

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Sorting Out The Rumors Surrounding 40- and 60-watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

Sorting Out The Rumors Surrounding 40- and 60-watt Incandescent Light Bulbs

I’ve seen numerous reports recently touting the end of incandescent lighting.  Borrowing a line from Mark Twain, the rumor surrounding the death of incandescent bulbs has been greatly exaggerated. The source for the recent transition to more energy efficient lighting is the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (Public Law 110-140 better known as EISA).  The portion of the…

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A Tale of Wind and Water

A Tale of Wind and Water

In early 2012 NEMA produced a return on investment (ROI) whitepaper for Smart Grid; a document that was very well-received at the NARUC annual meeting in Washington, D.C. that year.  In the whitepaper we cited a number of examples, one of which was a plan filed by the Duluth-based Minnesota Power company to connect a wind farm in North Dakota…

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President Calls for Ramping Up Responsible Climate Change Policies

President Calls for Ramping Up Responsible Climate Change Policies

On June 25th, President Obama gave a wide-ranging speech on climate change in which he urged the nation’s public and private sectors to engage in “steady, responsible action to cut carbon pollution . . . so we can leave behind a cleaner, more stable environment.” NEMA and its 400-plus members heard much that was familiar.  Since 2010, we’ve been working…

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Public-Private Partnership for a New Energy-Saving Age

Public-Private Partnership for a New Energy-Saving Age

One of the best ideas ever to come from the concept of government-corporate partnerships is the financing mechanism known as Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs). Quite simply, it uses the power of innovative private-sector financing to underwrite retrofits to federally owned buildings at no cost to taxpayers. What is more, ESPCs are a triple win because these contracts create local…

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Rebuild Smart: Full remarks from Don Hendler, President & CEO, Leviton Manufacturing

Rebuild Smart: Full remarks from Don Hendler, President & CEO, Leviton Manufacturing

Don Hendler Leviton Manufacturing Remarks at the NEMA Rebuild Smart Capitol Hill Event June 13, 2013 (Thank you and greetings) As Evan mentioned, Leviton’s offices were directory in the path of the storm.  We are located in Melville, NY, somewhat central on Long Island right at the Nassau-Suffolk county border.  Our area saw mainly heavy wind and tree damage from…

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Rebuild Smart: Event Summary and Linked-In Group Launch

Rebuild Smart: Event Summary and Linked-In Group Launch

Despite the appearance of our own strong spring storms on June 13th, NEMA happily hosted a large crowd for its Hurricane Sandy: Rebuild Smart event featuring Representative Peter King. We were truly pleased to see so many individuals interested in how we can improve the reliability and resiliency of our power grid, and help prevent the widespread damage and discomfort…

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