• Shaheen-Portman Bill Pulled from Senate Floor

    For a while there, the Senate was debating the premier energy efficiency bill, offering amendments, and displaying the bipartisan consensus there is around this legislation (S. 1392, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act). But debate came to a stand still hours after it started, mainly over (surprise!) disgreement about which unrelated
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 09-20-2013
  • Everyone agrees, so let's act!

    Not a day goes by that some industry or political leader endorses the notion of rebuilding and modernizing our electrical infrastructure. Yesterday, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2013 report card of America's infrastructure. Our Energy infrastructure received a grade of D+ . Today in The Hill , leaders from PG&E and IBEW
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 03-19-2013
  • Advanced Batteries' Progress Cited in State of the Union

    The progress of advanced batteries got the attention of President Obama in yesterday's State of Union address. America's potential "to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries" is one of the reasons to be optimistic about the future of the United States' manufacturing sector. Innovative companies are responding
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 01-25-2012
  • Light in the Darkness

    It’s been a week since power has been restored to San Diego after a massive “operator error”-induced blackout. In a sign of just how far we as a nation still have to go in achieving a Smart Grid, not only were grid operators unable to choke off the outage before it grew into a major blackout, but operators (as well as the media and
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 09-14-2011
  • Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

    A central policy recommendation touted by President Obama during his multistate bus tour this week is the creation of an infrastructure bank. But does it make sense to be talking about a new government program while we are battling with the highest national debt ever? In a word, yes. Despite the unprecedented importance to our economy of bringing down
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 08-15-2011
  • EVs in the House!

    After a number of electric vehicle infrastructure bills have been introduced in the Senate, the House got in on the action this week as Reps. Judy Biggert, Ed Markey, Anna Eshoo, and Jerry McNerney introduced HR 1685 , the NEMA-supported Electric Drive Vehicle Deployment Act of 2011 . Infrastructure investments, essential to the adoption of EVs, cannot
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 05-06-2011
  • Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

    This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9 th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors. These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 05-06-2011
  • Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

    This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure. The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development ( BUILD) Act , S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 03-21-2011
  • The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

    George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words. But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21 st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the
    Posted to NEMA Currents (Weblog) by Creevy, Jim on 03-18-2011
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