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Lighting Controls for Energy Savings

Lighting Controls for Energy Savings

If you’re ever looking for an interesting perspective on technology, chances are your parents have one.  Take my father for instance; he has taken lighting innovation to the next level.  As opposed to upgrading his lighting controls to reduce his energy bill, he has evolved to develop echolocation sensory capabilities (what bats use to navigate in the dark) so he can walk through our house with scarcely any light.  Honestly, two fixtures, dimmed to their lower limit, is Read more [...]
Smart grid impact deepens

Smart grid impact deepens

The promise of a more efficient electric power grid is coming closer and closer to reality.  Many of the overarching concepts have been defined and now considerable activity is underway to define the myriad of interactions between the multitude of actors in this huge play.  One such activity, sponsored by North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)  is just getting started through a joint venture co-sponsored by ASHRAE and NEMA.  This activity will result in a data model Read more [...]
Smart Receptacle’s time has come

Smart Receptacle’s time has come

The High Performance Building is coming along quite well technologically.  New ideas and products show up like mushrooms after the rain.  One product area where we’ll definitively see improvements is the good old receptacle and its matching plug.  In addition to already familiar functions like GFCIs for personal protection we’ve seen recently product proposals offering several additional benefits: Safety Thermal detection would turn off the current when the wire Read more [...]
Home Energy Use – Energy Star Retreating Now?

Home Energy Use – Energy Star Retreating Now?

Now that we have entered May, the thermometers are starting to trend upward. In some regions of the country the cooling season has already started while in more northerly climes the heating season is drawing to a close. At the same time, on Capitol Hill the debate is raging on what measures to take to decrease U.S. energy usage and increase U.S. energy efficiency in the face of climate change. It is remarkable and unfortunate that the Environmental Protection Agency Read more [...]
Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Fact Versus Fiction on Energy Storage Systems

Often, important emerging technologies get caught up in misconstrued facts and misunderstandings of capacities and roles in an already technology-driven and confusing world. An example of this can be found in a recent op-ed in the Washington Post, "Getting Real on Wind and Solar" by James Schlesinger and Robert Hirsch. It's great they included a reference to energy storage systems (ESS) as a necessary component of the smart grid architecture for renewable energy. And they're right Read more [...]
Energy Storage Technology Is Vital For "Smart" Grid Efforts

Energy Storage Technology Is Vital For "Smart" Grid Efforts

NEMA is taking the lead in making Smart Grid and Energy Storage technologies a reality.  The NEMA Energy Storage Council (ESC) has held successful meetings where attendees have drafted a list of application categories that help define where Energy Storage (ES) and Distributed Generation (DG) technologies should play a role.  The NEMA ESC consisting of manufacturer, utility and government representative stakeholders further established and tasked a NEMA ESC Technical Committee (Stationary Read more [...]
Lower Income Households Win with SMART GRID

Lower Income Households Win with SMART GRID

On October 23, 2008, NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) hosted a U.S. Department of Energy E-Forum on Smart Grid. The title of the E-Forum was Smart Grid – What is the Value Proposition for Consumers? I had the opportunity to attend this excellent web-based seminar. The meeting announcement and the seminar presentations can be viewed from the Smart Grid page of NEMA’s website. I left the seminar with two primary observations: Even well informed, Smart Grid proponents continue Read more [...]
The NARUC Meetings – Live from Portland

The NARUC Meetings – Live from Portland

The National Association of Regulatory Commissioners (NARUC) is holding its summer meetings this week in Portland, Oregon. These are the state officials that approve electricity rates we all pay, as well as the infrastructure investments utilities can make. Given the heightened attention our nation is giving to energy, these meetings have taken on a sense of solemn urgency. Apparent already in the sessions is that there will be no easy answers. Quick recap from Sunday: FERC has a state-by-state Read more [...]