• LEDs Signal Traffic Nightmares

    As the first major winter storm of the season takes aim on the Northeast, energy-efficiency may be contributing to guaranteed traffic nightmares. LED traffic lights can't melt the snow and ice that encrust them. LEDs may use 90 percent less energy than incandescent bulbs, and municipalities may have reaped thousands of dollars in energy savings
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Walsh, Patricia on 12-18-2009
  • Still Blowing in the Wind

    The U.S. Supreme Court may eventually hear arguments involving a Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruling last month that FERC cannot overrule a state's decision to reject a transmission project. The case involved two power companies that planned to build a high-voltage power line through multiple states, including Maryland and Virginia, providing
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 03-19-2009
  • Making a Difference

    As I approached the Metro station this morning, I was greeted by a group of enthusiastic student types who challenged me to make a difference in my community. “I already make a difference in my community,” I responded with a smile. They thanked me profusely. I was thinking of the volunteer work I do to promote adult literacy. But before I could take
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 09-10-2008
  • Z Man

    Rainy days and Mondays always get me down, the song goes. But for me, dark dank days generally bode well for a workout. So I grabbed my iPod and headed to the gym in the basement of the condo. I stretched, flexed, jumped on the recumbent bike, and hit quick start. Nothing. No blinking lights, no pedal action. Nothing. Hmmm. Was I plugged in? Glancing
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 06-03-2008
  • Brain Drain

    We’re not talking about the 1989 Ramones album (though it might make an interesting soundtrack here) nor even the classic concept of an emigration of trained and talented individuals from one nation to another due to lack of opportunity, conflicts, or health hazards. In today’s world of standardizations, Brain Drain refers to the loss of knowledge due
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 03-27-2008
  • wattwatt a deal

    wattwatt ? Why, the portal for individuals interested in electrical energy efficiency, of course. This is a Web 2.0 social network site, supported by the IEC , which brings together people of all ages and nationalities who are interested in the frugal use of electricity. Featured at the SPAB 2008 conference, wattwatt facilitates the sharing of electrical
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 02-20-2008

    Ok, so it sounds like a slang term for a post-Super Bowl blowout. Or a space lab, Wii game, or even a new MTV semi-reality show. Truth is, SPAB is so esoteric, you can’t even Google it. So what really is SPAB, why is it a big deal, and how did I get spabbed? The Standards Publication Advisory Board, sponsored by IHS , meets annually to give standard
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 02-05-2008
  • Ice on the Rocks

    So Antarctica is thawing . How can that be? After all, winter temperatures there plummet to 76 below and winds blow in at 115 mph. According to new findings , the continent's interior and eastern regions are holding their own. But West Antarctica and the Antarctic Peninsula lost nearly 200 billion metric tons of ice in 2006 alone. Sure, everyone
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Pat Walsh on 01-17-2008
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