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The World for Electrical Standards is Flat

The World for Electrical Standards is Flat

Due to time constraints at the EE Global Conference on May 20th, Evan Gaddis had to truncate his remarks.  Included below is the full text of his speech: The World is Flat Evan R. Gaddis address to the EE Global Conference May 20, 2013   Thank you.  It’s an honor to be part of this panel and to have the opportunity to address this distinguished audience today.  I want to start out by thanking EE Global for the invitation and give a nod to the sponsors who’ve helped Read more [...]
Our Take: Harmonious Sounds At Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Hearing

Our Take: Harmonious Sounds At Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Hearing

At yesterday’s hearing in front of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources  a chorus of support swelled for the bipartisan bill, with endorsements by Senators, businesses, and the Department of Energy. The overarching message was music to the ears of NEMA members — efficiency must be the cornerstone of our country’s long-term energy plan. Kathleen Hogan, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency in the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Read more [...]
Argonne Observations

Argonne Observations

Dear Mr. President, We at NEMA were delighted when you visited Argonne National Laboratory to raise the curtain on initiatives aimed at delivering a “clean and security energy future” to the nation. One part of the two-part strategy you unveiled was music to our ears:  making our current energy resources go farther across the economy. The other part was expanding domestic energy sources, mostly in renewables. You spoke of an “Energy Efficiency Race to the Top challenge” Read more [...]
Does the U.S. really waste more energy than we consume?

Does the U.S. really waste more energy than we consume?

A few years ago someone introduced me to the collection of energy flow diagrams published by the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory and the Department of Energy, under whose auspices the work was performed.  The most recent diagram including the data for 2011 is included below, or at https://flowcharts.llnl.gov/. There are a number of things that are interesting about the diagrams.  First is the fact that from year to year to can see the rise or fall in overall energy consumption.  Read more [...]
Three Questions for Energy Nominee Moniz

Three Questions for Energy Nominee Moniz

In 2012, I had the honor of being selected as one of the country’s 75 Smart Grid pioneers by Smart Grid Today.  Thanks to the luck of alphabetical ordering, it just so happens that my name appears on that list immediately before Dr. Ernest Moniz, MIT faculty member and the Obama administration nominee for Secretary of Energy.  In light of Dr. Moniz’s confirmation hearing today, I have three questions (really six with the follow-on questions) that I would like to ask him: Read more [...]
Utility discussion about Electric Vehicles and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

Utility discussion about Electric Vehicles and Vehicle to Grid (V2G)

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend an electric vehicles session a conference in California.  While a lot of good information was exchanged, there were two things that stuck out in my mind that will impact the way NEMA members need to think about supplying products to the EV market. The first point was from a utility operator who was participating in an EV pilot program.  In terms of the lessons learned, the consumer behavior that surprised them the most was the idea of “topping Read more [...]