Act Now to Modernize the Grid

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future. America is now a leading producer of oil and natural gas. At the same time, there has been explosive growth of cleaner, lower Read more […]

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA With policy changes thawing relations between Cuba and the United States, NEMA staff met with Cuban embassy officials and staff from the U.S. departments of Commerce and State in order to assess trade potential for NEMA/MITA members. Moving beyond initial discussions and research, Jonathan Stewart, government Read more […]

Disaster Preparedness: Have a Plan

Disaster Preparedness: Have a Plan

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Are you prepared? The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has designated September National Preparedness Month. According to the DHS, recognizing an impending hazard and knowing what to do to protect yourself, your family, and your business will help you prepare beforehand and aid recovery after the event. Here are a few easy steps to start your emergency communication plan: Understand how Read more […]

PEER Offers Peerless Power System Performance

PEER Offers Peerless Power System Performance

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Ryan Franks, Power Systems and Infrastructure Specialist, U.S. Green Building Council Inspired by the 2003 blackout in New York City and concerned about the reliability of the nation’s power system, former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin started the Galvin Electricity Initiative. Subsequently, he teamed up with Kurt Yeager, former president and CEO of Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), to collaborate Read more […]

Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

Communication Is the First Step in Disaster Coordination

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Bryan Holland, Field Representative for the Southern Region, NEMA Coordinating with local officials is essential to NEMA’s standard operating procedure for natural disasters. The first step is to identify individuals and agencies that may need NEMA resources and guidance information before, during, and after a natural disaster. These same entities provide Read more […]

NEMA Proposes Steps to Update Electric Grid

NEMA Proposes Steps to Update Electric Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA In written comments on the second installation of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), NEMA recommended concrete steps the federal government can and should take to update the U.S. electric system from transmission and distribution to end use. The QER was launched to stimulate collaborative discussions between government and stakeholders, with Read more […]

Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On September 8, 2011, the Southwest went dark. Flights were grounded, traffic signals switched off, roads gridlocked, elevators trapped people, families fled outdoors to escape stifling indoor heat, and emergency 911 calls were rerouted as a patchwork fix. When critical generators failed, 66 nursing home residents were evacuated and seven hospital patients Read more […]

Busy Times Ahead for West Coast Code Adoptions

Busy Times Ahead for West Coast Code Adoptions

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA The 2017 edition of the National Electrical Code® (NEC) will soon be published, and next year promises to be a busy time for code adoption in the West Coast region. States in this region that will consider adoption of the 2017 NEC include Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington. After several stakeholder meetings, the Idaho Electrical Board Read more […]

Powering Microgrids for the 21st-Century Electrical System

Powering Microgrids for the 21st-Century Electrical System

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, PMP, NEMA Industry Director, NEMA A new NEMA report, Powering Microgrids for the 21st-Century Electrical System, introduces the concept of microgrids as an integral component of the power delivery system of the 21st century. This newer understanding contrasts with the earlier, more limited view of microgrids as islanded systems of generation and load, valued mostly for their ability Read more […]

Accelerating Grid Modernization

Accelerating Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP This decade has been marked by extreme weather incidents, and businesses across the nation have felt the impact when their power has gone out. While utility reliability on sunny days is very good across the nation, utilities are working on strategies to ensure that unanticipated weather disasters don’t cause extended outages. Grid modernization programs, where more Read more […]