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From the Manufacturing Economy to the Data Economy

From the Manufacturing Economy to the Data Economy

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Adrian Harris, Secretary General, Orgalime, the European Engineering Industries Association For many years, the word “manufacturing” was absent from the vocabulary of the European economy. We had the green economy and services (as if these could thrive without a manufacturing base) and the information and communications technology (ICT) industry,…

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Act Now to Modernize the Grid

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future. America is now a leading producer of oil…

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Looking for Significant Energy Savings

Looking for Significant Energy Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA In 2014, the NEMA Board of Governors authorized a strategic initiative to investigate the interrelationship of energy use in the water sector and water use in the energy sector. Examples of water use in the energy sector include the obvious…

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Electricity Metering Code Still Cutting Edge after Nearly 100 Years

Electricity Metering Code Still Cutting Edge after Nearly 100 Years

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Gordon Belcher, Chair, ANSI C12 SC1 Subcommittee Paul Orr, Program Manager, NEMA The history of ANSI C12.1 American National Standard for Electric Meters—Code for Electricity Metering parallels that of NEMA, its secretariat. Electrical metering standards were first developed in the U.S. by the American National Standards…

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Improving Efficiency through Industrial Automation

Improving Efficiency through Industrial Automation

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Harvey Eure, Product Manager for Variable Speed Drives and Power Quality Products, Delta Products There are initiatives bolstered by the emergence of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) that involve monitoring and improving the efficiency of variable-frequency drive (VFD) systems and improving the performance of individual…

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In Standby Power Race to the Bottom, DOE Takes New Path

In Standby Power Race to the Bottom, DOE Takes New Path

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA In the November 2015 edition of this magazine, I expressed strong concern over an apparent “race to the bottom” with respect to standby power allowances. With their recent notice of proposed rulemaking (NOPR) for minimum energy conservation standards for general…

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System Efficiency Depends on Components

System Efficiency Depends on Components

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By William Livoti, Power Generation Business Development Manager, WEG Electric Corporation Energy efficiency has become a major focus for government, municipalities, power utilities, and the industrial sector. Each entity focuses its attention on specific  components—e.g., motors and pumps. This article will discuss component efficiency versus system…

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Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

As the temperature outside neared 100 degrees, the congressional staff and other guests in the Russell Senate Office Building were getting warmed up for the transformation of the nation’s electric grid (which among other things will help us manage electricity on these brutal summer days!). Attendees got to witness the “bang, bang” of G&W Electric’s automatic recloser in action; a…

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Shaheen-Portman Bill Pulled from Senate Floor

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 amendments should be allowed to be offered.  As the…

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Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Recently, NEMA published SSL 4-2012, SSL Retrofit Lamps: Suggested Minimum Performance Requirements.  The purpose of this standard is to provide suggested minimum performance levels for SSL retrofit products. Federal programs such as Energy Star set high performance goals to encourage growth of such products, but do not provide minimum acceptance criteria for products as a whole.  Since its publication, NEMA…

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