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Author: Chrissy Skudera

Marine Corps Marathon: What’s NEMA Got to Do with It?

Marine Corps Marathon: What’s NEMA Got to Do with It?

What does the Marine Corps Marathon have to do with NEMA? Well, for one, me. I’m a NEMA employee and I’m running it. But it’s more than just that. GE, a NEMA member, is a sponsor of the marathon’s Health & Fitness Expo. Held at the D.C. Armory, it’s where runners pick up their race day packets and compulsively buy energy gels, headbands, and socks. Nicknamed “The People’s Marathon,” the race draws 30,000 runners who will cross the start line and tackle 26.2 miles as they Read more [...]
Rebuilding "smart" after Sandy with new NEMA publication

Rebuilding "smart" after Sandy with new NEMA publication

Superstorm Sandy highlighted the fragile nature of our nation's electric grid. One thing is clear: our grid needs some updating. In an effort to assist federal, state, and local policymakers with solutions to harden the nation’s electric grid, improve its resiliency to withstand severe weather, and improve energy efficiency, NEMA published Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart. As communities continue to rebuild after Sandy, incorporating "smart" technologies into the grid can Read more [...]
What?! There are more than just environmental benefits of electric vehicles?

What?! There are more than just environmental benefits of electric vehicles?

Sure, most of us are aware of the environmental benefits associated with electric vehicles, but do you know about the other advantages of this clean, energy-efficient technology? Check out NEMA’s latest podcast, “What are the short- and long-term benefits of investing in electric vehicles?” This is the first in a series of electric vehicle (EV) and electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) podcasts. I talk with Michael Mahan, Product General Manager of EV Infrastructure at GE Energy’s Read more [...]
Have you listened to our carbon monoxide podcast series yet?

Have you listened to our carbon monoxide podcast series yet?

Did you know that carbon monoxide (CO) is about the same weight as air? Do you know the sources of carbon monoxide? How about the latest developments with CO codes and standards? Get these answers and many others by tuning in to our CO series of podcasts with Richard Roberts, Industry Affairs manager for Honeywell Life Safety and Co-Chair of the NEMA Smoke/CO Group. This series is designed to educate consumers and industry professionals about the importance of CO life safety products, as well as Read more [...]
NEMA Podcasts Explain New Lightbulb Labels and Lumens

NEMA Podcasts Explain New Lightbulb Labels and Lumens

      To more fully explain America’s transition to energy efficient lighting, NEMA is producing a six-part podcast series focused on the 5LS of Lighting: Location, Lumens, Lightbulbs, Label, and Law.  As utilities, contractors, and consumers attempt to both understand and explain the new lighting world, they can quickly learn the basics.  The most recent releases are included below. Labels Podcast–New lightbulb packaging labels are starting Read more [...]
Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Last Friday, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to encourage industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs. The plan will invest more than $500 million to begin this effort. One area of interest, particularly for the electroindustry, is that the Department of Energy will begin working to develop manufacturing processes and materials to help alleviate energy and manufacturing Read more [...]
How do you raise awareness for EVSE? Propose installing it in Senate garages!

How do you raise awareness for EVSE? Propose installing it in Senate garages!

Yesterday, the Senate Rules and Administration Committee agreed to S. 739, a bill to authorize the Architect of the Capitol to install Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) in Senate garages at no net cost to the taxpayer. The bill is now eligible for Senate consideration. This is a small but important step to increasing awareness and adoption of EVSE. If passed by the Senate, decision makers will have the opportunity to get an up-close and personal look at this exciting technology, and hopefully Read more [...]
NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

This month, NEMA unveiled its Smart Grid Testing Scheme at the World Meter Design Congress. The testing scheme, the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant (SGIC), is designed to help manufacturers, utility companies, and test laboratories identify points of interoperability in Smart Grid standards, and design test specifications that make sense to all parties. The NEMA program was developed to conform to a set of interoperability guidelines put out by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), Read more [...]
Have you checked your smoke detectors lately? They save lives you know…

Have you checked your smoke detectors lately? They save lives you know…

We all (hopefully) have more than one smoke detector in our home, but when was the last time we tested them? I remember growing up in a home where my mother tested our smoke detectors monthly, either by pressing the “test” button or by burning dinner. In addition, we practiced an evacuation plan in the event our home ever caught fire. I actually enjoyed this fire drill because crawling out of my first-floor bedroom window was exhilarating! With May only a few days away, I’d like Read more [...]