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Smart Grid Consumer Awareness

Smart Grid Consumer Awareness

Smart Grid is the future of energy consumption. It is underway and making strides to become a household name. The end goal is to improve the grid's efficiency, intelligence, and cost, all to help consumers of electricity. Until Smart Grid becomes a household name in America it is still going to be a "techy" term used by electrical companies and industry professionals. NEMA made one step in consumer awareness when Fox News Channel's Shannon Bream interviewed NEMA's Paul Read more [...]
This Summer at NEMA: An Intern’s Perspective

This Summer at NEMA: An Intern’s Perspective

What is the difference between a high and low temperature superconductor? Why are T8 fluorescent lamps superior to their T12 counterparts? What is the Smart Grid and why do we need it? Two and a half months ago I would not have the faintest idea how to answer any of these questions. Yet, as I near the conclusion of my time as the communications intern I am left with not only the answers to these questions but a distinct curiosity inspiring countless more. This blog will not address current events Read more [...]
Announcing Vids for Grids: NEMA’s Upcoming Educational Video Series

Announcing Vids for Grids: NEMA’s Upcoming Educational Video Series

The Department of Energy announced nearly $100m in grants to fund worker training and educational programs to develop a smart grid literate workforce. (see press release) Among the 54 selectees was Vids 4 Grids, a joint proposal from NEMA, Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, and NEMA member manufacturers. The project will create a dozen new media-friendly videos highlighting smart grid equipment, electrical manufacturing careers, and electrical engineering concepts. The Read more [...]
Thermostat Recycling Corporation Increases Awareness and Participation

Thermostat Recycling Corporation Increases Awareness and Participation

Do you recycle? Are you interested in recycling? Questions like these encouraged a wide variety of answers at the 2009 Ace Hardware Convention in Atlanta, Georgia this past weekend. The Thermostat Recycling Corporation (TRC) participated in this massive expo for Ace Hardware retailers with one goal in mind: raise awareness of the manufacturer supported collection program and the opportunity for thermostat retailers to act as collection points. TRC, at Ace Hardware’s invitation, spent 3 days Read more [...]
Misinformation at a California Conference

Misinformation at a California Conference

This week I flew to the West Coast to make a presentation on behalf of several NEMA sections at a solid waste management industry conference.  The morning after my arrival, I took the opportunity to stroll the conference exhibit hall, where a number of waste industry product and service providers were manning display booths, handing out literature, and chatting with colleagues and potential clients.  I was unfamiliar with most companies in the hall, but recognized one Read more [...]
The Asian Alternative to China

The Asian Alternative to China

We are all aware of the mad rush to manufacture in China, but so are the Chinese.  The result has been a major migration of peasants eastward to the heart of China's manufacturing country to get in line for jobs.  Recognizing that increased demand equals increased pay, the workers are demanding and getting higher compensation, which is increasing about 17% per year. Pretty soon, the China low-cost option will not be so low cost. What if you are just getting around to exploring your Read more [...]
Challenges of Math are Part of Bigger Societal Challenge

Challenges of Math are Part of Bigger Societal Challenge

Interesting front-page story in the WaPo today on a subject that has long been the bane of parents' existence: math. While the angle is different -- this time parents are rising up against a new approach to math called "Investigations in Number, Data, and Space" -- the anxiety and antipathy are quite old. Who remembers the frustrations four decades ago when parents were confronted with "New Math" (and who remembers the Tom Lehrer song about it)? While this seemingly Read more [...]