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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 (e.g., hydroelectric generation) as well as the less-well known (e.g., evaporative cooling Read more [...]
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 Institute (ANSI) C12 Committee in 1910, the same year that Read more [...]
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 power components. Today, VFD products have embedded Read more [...]
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 service lamps, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) found a way to Read more [...]
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 efficiency, as applied to Read more [...]
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 visualization of Commonwealth Edison’s outage management system respond to thousands of lightning strikes Read more [...]
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 days passed, the window of opportunity began to close for now.  The Senate Read more [...]
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 has been approached by several organizations wishing to adopt, in part or in total, Read more [...]
LVDC – Wave of the future or Technogimic?

LVDC – Wave of the future or Technogimic?

Lately, a return to using low voltage DC power, at least in some applications, had gotten a lot of attention.  There was a US workshop sponsored by NEMA, UL and NFPA that drew over 140 participants.  A workshop was recently held in Europe that had over 70 attendees.  Demonstration installations for data centers and community level distribution have been constructed and tested.  A consortium, EMerge Alliance, has developed a standard and applications for using LVDC for office lighting Read more [...]
How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?

How can I tell which Exit Sign is best?

When Energy Star closed the exit sign category, specifiers and inspectors no longer had a mark of distinction with which to identify top-tier products.  There were even instances of people seeking out new old stock Energy Star labeled signs and preferring them over newer (better) signs, just because of the brand recognition of Energy Star. In response to concerns over the loss of the Energy Star program and associated marks, the NEMA Emergency Lighting Section established the NEMA Premium Exit Read more [...]