Connected Public Lighting: A Powerful Accelerator for Smart Cities

Connected Public Lighting: A Powerful Accelerator for Smart Cities

This piece was originally published in the July 2017 issue of electroindustry. Susanne Seitinger, PhD, Global Smart Cities Segment Lead, Philips Lighting Dr. Seitinger works with civic leaders and designers to develop smart cities that leverage digital lighting for safe, inviting, and responsive urban environments. She serves on the IES Board of Directors. The year 2008 marked a milestone. First,…

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Transportation Transformation: Driving the Autonomous Future

Transportation Transformation: Driving the Autonomous Future

This piece was originally published in the July 2017 issue of electroindustry. Christine Coogle, Project Lead, Connected Transportation Strategic Initiative, NEMA Ms. Coogle is the former editor and social media manager at NEMA. Steve Jobs introduced the iPhone just over ten years ago, calling it a “revolutionary and magical project”—a description that is difficult to dispute today. In merely a…

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Adding Value through ESPCs

Adding Value through ESPCs

This piece was originally posted in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. As energy efficiency gains increasingly more attention on local, national, and international fronts—often enabled and assisted by NEMA member products—many companies are opening business arms related to efficiency or founding new efficiency-minded businesses. The prime example of this is the Energy Service Company (ESCO) model where business is…

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Cable Set for Power, and Telecoms

Cable Set for Power, and Telecoms

This piece was originally posted in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Ann Brandstadter, Manager, Standards Publications and Marketing, NEMA A newly packaged set for the wire and cable industry is now available on the NEMA Standards Store website. “These standards are a blend of power and utility products and, to a lesser extent, telecommunication products,” said Richard Beggs, secretary…

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IEC Updates Standards and Procedures

IEC Updates Standards and Procedures

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Ken Gettman, Director, International Standards, NEMA Recent revisions to the International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) directives include procedural changes for project management. Notably, the time allotted for different stages of standards development has been shortened. Approval majorities and translations also are being addressed. The IEC implemented Read more […]

Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings

Energy Benchmarking Equals Energy Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. New York City facility managers who measure the energy performance of their buildings are investing in energy-saving technologies and operational improvements in order to improve their buildings’ energy efficiency, according to a survey conducted by NEMA in 2016. Cities around the United States are implementing building energy benchmarking and transparency ordinances that…

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Looking Forward: the Importance of Building Systems

Looking Forward: the Importance of Building Systems

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Representative Matt Cartwright (D-PA) Serving the American people as a member of Congress is an important lesson in the concept of systems. After all, every American schoolchild is taught that our government is a system of checks and balances, of which Congress is an essential part. Systems-based thinking is also an important…

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Shining a Light on PV Wire

Shining a Light on PV Wire

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Christel Hunter, Director, Codes and Standards, Cerro Wire LLC The Solar Energies Industry Association (SEIA) reports that more than 42 GW of solar capacity has been installed in the United States as of the end of 2016; SEIA predicts that by 2021  there will be more than 100 GW of solar installed….

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MITA Joins a Great IDEA to Cure Alzheimer’s

MITA Joins a Great IDEA to Cure Alzheimer’s

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Sue Bunning, Industry Director, Positron Emission Tomography, MITA June is Alzheimer’s & Brain Awareness Month—a good time to remember the 5.5 million Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease and the millions more who are their caregivers. Members of NEMA’s Medical Imaging & Technology Alliance (MITA) are on the front lines in the battle…

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State Advocacy Efforts Pay Off

State Advocacy Efforts Pay Off

This piece was originally published in the June 2017 issue of electroindustry. Diligence by NEMA and local grassroots efforts to promote three-year adoption cycles for national model building codes paid off in Florida, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Washington. NEMA members, field representatives, and State Government Relations staff collaborated to see these efforts through to fruition. These states, which previously had adopted three-year…

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