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Author: Grant Wasson

This Summer at NEMA: An Intern’s Perspective

This Summer at NEMA: An Intern’s Perspective

What is the difference between a high and low temperature superconductor? Why are T8 fluorescent lamps superior to their T12 counterparts? What is the Smart Grid and why do we need it? Two and a half months ago I would not have the faintest idea how to answer any of these questions. Yet, as I near the conclusion of my time as the communications intern I am left with not only the answers to these questions but a distinct curiosity inspiring countless more. This blog will not address current events Read more [...]
Smart Phones Gone Green!

Smart Phones Gone Green!

Starting in November, eco-enthusiasts can put down their organic lettuce wraps and pick up their smart phones to download a brand new application capable of tracking driving behavior through the use of your phones embedded GPS, and doing so almost completely independent of driver input. The Virtual Vehicle Company (VEVCo), developed at the University of California-Berkeley has become the first company that uses the latest smart phone innovations to unlock useful information about greener transportation. Read more [...]
The Meaning of Standard Has Never Been So Significant

The Meaning of Standard Has Never Been So Significant

Although the development and implementation of standards often goes overlooked their importance has never been greater. Standardization creates similar domestic (and often international) expectations ensuring that the products we buy, the services we receive and the messages we communicate are comparable no matter where we are located. In light of the ever-increasing rate of globalization the importance of comparable standards takes on new significance. Thanks to NEMA the meaning of standard has Read more [...]
Illumination Innovation

Illumination Innovation

Starting June 28, Washington, DC has become a brighter place thanks to the Department of Energy’s (DOE) GATEWAY Solid-State Lighting (SSL) Technology Demonstration program. Partnering with the Department of Labor (DOL), the two cabinets demonstrated the federal government’s commitment to energy conservation and management by retrofitting the Frances Perkins Building parking garage with 19 LED lamps. The goal of the demonstration center was to showcase real-world installations of LED systems Read more [...]
Give Your Organization a Leg-up with Energy Savings

Give Your Organization a Leg-up with Energy Savings

Over the course of the past two years NEMA has reminded its blog readers of countless opportunities for both themselves and their organizations to save money through energy conservation. Despite the benefits of individual implementation of these strategies, their combination can yield a far greater return on investment.  A commercial building can earn an Energy Star label, similar to the one found on home appliances, by meeting standards regarding emissions and energy use. In order for a building Read more [...]