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  • Energy Tricks for Kids

    OK, so I won't sing anything about the children being our future. (You, dear reader, are very fortunate that this is not an audio-blog.) Still, we are all aware that kids tend to be early adopters of new technologies, ideas and ways of doing things. So I was pleased to see that the U.S. federal government's...
  • Smart Grid on its way!

    Xcel Energy announced the development of the first Smart Grid City in Boulder Colorado. According to Xcel Energy's press release , Xcel Will be spending $100 million to develop the Smart Grid City. The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends Xcel for investing in the future...
  • A Shrinking Gap

    It was not a particularly busy week for new data releases, headlined by monthly readings on the ISM nonmanufacturing index and international trade flows . The former showed an unexpectedly strong rebound in service sector activity in April following three consecutive months of contraction, as respondents...
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  • Correcting the Chamber on Certification

    Every once in a while I get to spoil a party – which should be a part of every lobbyist’s job description. Just when it seems that everyone at some orchestrated event is fully in agreement, someone needs to be the one who ruins the good karma and says “But…” And so it was a few days ago at a grand 200...
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  • Where leaders and ideas meet

    Can it be that time of year already? Sure enough, registration is now open for Illuminations Weekend 2008 , NEMA's popular annual meeting, where "leaders and ideas meet." The members-only event, scheduled for October 31-November 1, will feature keynoters Robert Ballard , discoverer of the...
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  • The Greens and the Smart Grid

    At some point in his career Isaac Newton must have worked in politics. Surely that's how he derived his Third Law of Motion , "To every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." In Washington it works this way: As soon as one person proposes a public policy, no matter how beneficial...
  • A New Lighting Index Shows CFLs Shining Bright

    Considering NEMA's role in lighting systems -- we represent the largest lighting companies in North America -- we get all sorts of questions about compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs). I recently wrote about NEMA's new FAQ webpage designed to answer questions about CFL safety. Now, due to popular...
  • Another Roller-Coaster Ride

    Making a call on where the economy is headed over the near term is seldom easy, but times like these only ratchet up the difficulty and really force economists to earn their paychecks. Steady improvements in the capital markets and a handful of better-than-expected data releases have prompted some analysts...
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  • Protect Your Home from Fire

    Every day in the U.S. 150 homes will start on fire because of electrical issues. Homeowners can take steps to prevent thousands of these fires each year says the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) which sponsors May as National Electrical Safety Month. As part of its campaign this year...
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