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  • Big Talkers

    It was a busy week for Fedspeak. Fed Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke presented the FOMC’s forecast in his semiannual testimony to the House Financial Services Committee regarding the economy’s health and overview of monetary policy. He emphasized the downside risks to growth and made it implicitly clear...
  • The US is Too Slow to adopt International Standards

    T he reality is that there are well over 100, perhaps hundreds, of IEC standards are in use, or under evaluation for use, in the US. (See ANSI Standards Search or UL standards catalog . ) Why has taken many years and work is still needed for the use of IEC standards to achieve even the current level...
  • Thanks to WFB, Jr.

    A brief respite from our daily efforts on behalf of electrical manufacturers to pay tribute to William F. Buckley, Jr., who died yesterday at age 82. Wonderful tributes litter the World Wide Web, from the White House and the New York Times to the Economist and his own National Review . (The WSJ blog...
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  • Florida Power Outage

    Yesterday’s blackout in Florida provides another reminder that our economy is dependent on its electricity supply. While described as a “ massive inconvenience ” rather than an emergency situation, the outages did shut businesses and snarl traffic. The NERC disturbance report should be quite interesting...
  • Does America Need a Hug?

    If you saw the Oscars Sunday night, you’ll remember Jon Stewart’s psychological take on the dark, depressing slate of movies up for awards this year: “Does this town need a hug?” With more and more depressing economic and financial headlines these days, maybe the country needs a hug as well. Pounded...
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  • For Less than $2 You Can Protect Your Child from Shocks and Burns

    Nearly 2,400 children each year – seven children a day – are treated in hospitals for shocks and burns from electrical outlets. Most of these injuries are the result of small children placing ordinary household items into the outlets with disastrous consequences. However, using tamper-resistant outlets...
  • Circuits in Verse

    At one point in his latest book, Pontoon , Garrison Keillor recites “Sunshine in the Night: A History of the Electrification of Lake Wobegon and Environs”, a locally epic saga by a semi-retired utility executive who wiles his days away composing: The glimmering lights of the little town Shone like a...
  • What’s Next, the Return of Disco Music?

    “They” always say bad news comes in droves. Well this week was certainly a case in point for economic data as weak reports came in for a variety of indicators ranging from housing to regional manufacturing activity . In addition, the Fed Open Market Committee (FOMC) released the minutes to their most...
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  • Medicare Coverage Decision on CCTA is bad for patients...

    Medicare patients and their doctors are up in arms about a proposed decision that could halt seniors’ access to heart scans. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) have issued a proposed National Coverage Decision (NCD) for Cardiac Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA), putting patients...
  • A Glimpse Abroad

    Have you noticed what's been going on in South Africa (SA)? Just a brief reminder that developing countries are also grappling with energy demand and efficiency issues. In a nutshell, the richest nation in Africa is experiencing an electric power crisis similar to what we saw in California at the...
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