Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA For the past three years, I have been discussing energy storage system (ESS) matters with electricians and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) up and down the Northeast corridor because of the growing interest in new battery technologies and their energy storage applications. Beyond the…

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Conveying the Importance of Minerals Accessibility

Conveying the Importance of Minerals Accessibility

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 28 to voice the electroindustry perspective on minerals availability and the importance of minerals access for U.S. electrical and medical imaging manufacturers. In his testimony, Mr. Cosgriff emphasized the importance…

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NEMA Weighs In on RoHS LED Exemption

NEMA Weighs In on RoHS LED Exemption

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, NEMA Solid-state lighting (SSL) products, especially light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, are at the core of energy efficiency gains across all sectors of the economy. Manufacturers are at the threshold of another promising advance: quantum dot (QD) LEDs for use in retrofit…

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Lithium Batteries Remain in Regulators’ Crosshairs

Lithium Batteries Remain in Regulators’ Crosshairs

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As Congress considers legislation this year to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), discussions continue on the proper approach to achieving safe transportation of lithium batteries and devices containing them. Current law prevents the FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials…

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Putting Safety First: A Moral Imperative

Putting Safety First: A Moral Imperative

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, NEMA The safe and effective use of electrical and medical imaging products touches the life of every American in a significant way every day. NEMA’s guiding principles are based on this premise; they encompass standards…

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Codes, Standards and Certifications: Three Legs of Safety

Codes, Standards and Certifications: Three Legs of Safety

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Rob Neale, Vice President, National Fire Service Activities, International Code Council As a former municipal fire official, I’ve been asked a hundred times, “What is the better type of smoke alarm that I should buy for my home: ionization or photoelectric?” My answer is always the same: “What type…

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What’s Happening with Nuclear Power in the United States?

What’s Happening with Nuclear Power in the United States?

Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA Nuclear power has been in the news recently with the bankruptcy announcement of the Westinghouse Electricity Company threatening the limited number of nuclear reactors currently under development in the United States. This post will examine a few of the trends in the U.S. nuclear industry to help explain how we…

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Adapting to Changing Times with Submeters

Adapting to Changing Times with Submeters

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Ryan Fetgatter, Partner, EZ Meter Although electric submetering has been around for years, most people are unaware of its importance to energy consumption management. This mindset is poised to change, however, as the future demands accountability. The most accurate, efficient, practical, and affordable solution to monitoring electric energy consumption…

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Fast-Track Energy Storage Delivers Reliability

Fast-Track Energy Storage Delivers Reliability

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. John Vernacchia, Segment Manager for Renewable Energy Solutions, Eaton Recently expedited energy storage projects in California demonstrate an ability to dispatch stored electricity quickly. It all started with the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage leak outside of Los Angeles, which emitted an estimated 109,000 metric tons of methane…

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Increasing Efficiency with Volt/VAR Technologies

Increasing Efficiency with Volt/VAR Technologies

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, PMP, Industry Director, NEMA The world consumes an enormous amount of electricity, some of which is lost on its way from where it is generated (e.g., power plants and wind farms) to where it is used (e.g., homes and businesses). The United States Energy Information Administration (EIA),…

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