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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 [...]
Performance Makes a Comeback with New Light Bulb Labeling System

Performance Makes a Comeback with New Light Bulb Labeling System

Ever thought about what you should consider when buying a light bulb?  Any clue what a lumen is? Chances are if you’re heading out to your local supermarket or hardware store to pick up some light bulbs, you’ll find a store attendant and ask what aisle the 100W (or 75W, 60W, etc.) light bulbs are in and pick up a package. Now, say you head to the car dealership looking to purchase a new ride.  You’ll walk around the lot as a salesperson shows you vehicle after Read more [...]
DOE Rulemakings, With Savings in Mind

DOE Rulemakings, With Savings in Mind

The Energy Policy and Conservation Act of 1975 established an energy conservation program for major household appliances.  Since then, various amendments to EPCA have given DOE the authority to regulate the energy efficiency of various technologies, to include appliances and lighting technologies. The purpose of these rulemakings is to establish energy conservation standards and test procedures for technologies that are feasible, economically justified, and result in energy savings.  Read more [...]
EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

EISA Sets Standards for Lighting the Future

Since the invention of electric light, the incandescent lamp has been the standard.  Why?  They are cheap to produce, can be made in a wide range of sizes, and require no external regulating equipment.  The trouble is that incandescent lamps are based on a design that was developed over a century ago and the majority of their electrical energy consumption produces heat, not light.  If we wanted them to heat our house, this would be a good thing.  For a light source Read more [...]
NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

This week the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and published their Strategic Lighting Plan, which was two years in the making. NEMA staff and members participated directly in the development and drafting of the SLP from start to finish to provide the manufacturer perspective in effort to balance out the advocates and regulators, and to serve as a reality check by leveraging NEMA's extensive experience with consumer acceptance and consumer desires.  The Strategic 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 [...]
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 [...]
The Master’s Voice (Illumination Innovation, Part 2)

The Master’s Voice (Illumination Innovation, Part 2)

If you follow the development of LED lighting, you probably already read the "Postings" blog of Jim Brodrick, LED program manager at the Department of Energy. But have you ever heard "the master's voice"? On the landmark occasion of a new LED lighting demonstration project with the Department of Labor here in Washington, Dr. Brodrick was interviewed this morning on a radio program aimed at federal workers in the DC area. You can access the audio file here. As detailed by Read more [...]
MPGs and LEDs

MPGs and LEDs

Much the way that MPGs and Hybrids are all the rage these days in the auto industry, LED lamps have been the headline grabbing technology in the lighting realm for the past few years.  With all the craze surrounding LED lamps as the lighting efficiency savior, it is easy to get caught up in the hype and assume LED lamps are the best solution for every application.  Don’t let the hype dim your vision. LED lamps are a great technology that have come a very long way and are fantastic Read more [...]
Give Your Organization a Leg-up with Energy Savings

Give Your Organization a Leg-up with Energy Savings

Over the course of the past two years NEMA has reminded its blog readers of countless opportunities for both themselves and their organizations to save money through energy conservation. Despite the benefits of individual implementation of these strategies, their combination can yield a far greater return on investment.  A commercial building can earn an Energy Star label, similar to the one found on home appliances, by meeting standards regarding emissions and energy use. In order for a building Read more [...]