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Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Gene Eckhart, Consultant, NEMA NEMA collaborated with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the two state-owned electric utilities (State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Grid Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a one-day workshop in Shenzhen on energy storage systems. It was supported by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with whom NEMA has worked Read more [...]
Electroindustry Provides Power to Paris Pledges

Electroindustry Provides Power to Paris Pledges

By Kevin J. Cosgriff, NEMA President and CEO In his closing remarks on December 1 at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, President Obama announced that 73 U.S. companies have pledged to go green in support of proposed climate change actions. These corporations aim to cut emissions by up to 50%, cut water usage by 80%, and rely 100% on renewable energy. President Obama was not alone. French President Hollande pledged $2.1 billion to African nations to invest in renewable Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

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 21st 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 public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]
Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

In response to NEMA's eiXtra: January 11, 2011 Feature Article entitled EVSE Making Waves Across the Industries Leviton would like to clarify the comment that,  “There is some controversy surrounding the non-permanent EVSE installations right now, and whether or not they are allowable under code, but it appears that Ford is confident in Leviton's reading of the code.” Leviton Manufacturing’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment complies with applicable requirements Read more [...]
EVSE Making Inroads at CES 2011

EVSE Making Inroads at CES 2011

Industries are converging as electric vehicles (EV) hit the roads.  Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and Systems companies are beginning to strut their stuff as they support the charging of these electric vehicles. NEMA and its EVSES section members were well represented at the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, held last week in Las Vegas.  The EV market has begun to sneak into the picture, and by next year it will burst onto the CES scene.  Read more [...]
Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Today many concerned building owners, lighting designers and some regulators are increasing their efforts and attention on free, natural light.  Unfortunately, while it is certainly very energy efficient, it is not reliable.  Like all renewable resources it is subject to periods of unavailability, not just at night but also during the day.  Natural variation in the intensity of sunlight can be a challenge.    Retail and Task-oriented lighting plans require Read more [...]
Oh, the Madness of March

Oh, the Madness of March

The 2010 NCAA men's basketball tourney has lived up to hype and has given us some thrilling performances and unexpected outcomes. (Butler in the Final Four? Kansas ousted in the second round?) But the real "March Madness" has been playing out not on the hardwood courts around the country, but right here in our nation's capital. Think back on the month of March - Congress and the Administration have had a very full (and sometimes brutal) month. Here are a few things that Read more [...]
Lighting industry position on light at night and biological factors forthcoming

Lighting industry position on light at night and biological factors forthcoming

The NEMA Lighting Systems Division is concerned over numerous recent efforts to raise awareness of light at night and potentially related effects on biological processes.  While many of these are well-intended, they often fall short of being credible, and could do more harm than good.  There are many instances where lighting at night is favored and desired for safety and aesthetics, and ultimately NEMA lighting manufacturers wouldn't sell products if they weren't in demand.  Read more [...]
State of the Union: What’s at Stake

State of the Union: What’s at Stake

Tonight President Obama will command the attention of Congress, the nation and the world as he delivers his first State of the Union Address.  And there is a lot at stake. According to recent polls, President Obama’s approval rating hovers around 50%, which is a far cry from the 65% rating he enjoyed a few months ago. However, when you consider how the American people currently rate Congress’ performance—only 26% approve of the job lawmakers are doing—the president’s Read more [...]
A Doozy of a New Year

A Doozy of a New Year

I sure hope the holidays were restful for our nation’s lawmakers, because the second session of the 111th Congress is shaping up to be a doozy.  First, we have health care reform – the House and Senate approved their respective bills in the waning days of 2009, and the process wasn’t pretty. Now Congress and the Obama Administration have the unenviable task of hammering out a compromise, which latest sources indicate will not be achieved through a formal conference.  Read more [...]