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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 Dr. Webber's table for the article in ei, I mistakenly typed  "one gallon" of water, which is off by a factor of Read more [...]
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 global economy. Today, aboard Air Force One, the President will sign a new Executive Order on Streamlining the Read more [...]
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 bulbs be phased out in favor of efficient but pricey technology, such as light-emitting diodes.   Read more [...]
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 law impacting “General Purpose Incandescent Lamps” is in TITLE III—ENERGY SAVINGS THROUGH Read more [...]
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 to a hydroelectric site in Manitoba, Canada.  An article about this project recently appeared in the electronic version of Renew Grid magazine http://www.renew-grid.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10444. Read more [...]
Powering Up Efficiency; one take on tax reform

Powering Up Efficiency; one take on tax reform

Washington has been abuzz recently with talk of tax reform based on the Senate Leadership’s deadline for input that expired on July 26, 2013.  What’s at stake is only the entire U.S. tax code.  Do we scrap it and start over?  If so, how do we identify what is actually working and is thus worth saving? NEMA members have a respectful suggestion for the Senate: Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water — at least not when it comes to tax incentives for energy Read more [...]
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 on a strategic initiative to develop a methodology to conduct carbon footprint assessments in the electro-product sector. Read more [...]
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 jobs, and upgrade the buildings’ energy systems, in turn saving energy and future taxpayer spending! Read more [...]
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 both Superstorm Sandy and the subsequent early, freak snow storm that followed.  However, not far from our facility Read more [...]
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 storms like Sandy can cause.  Some of the key moments included: “While no disaster is predictable or preventable, we Read more [...]