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NEMA Announces Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant Product Strategy

NEMA Announces Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant Product Strategy

To further promote the development and deployment of the Smart Grid, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant™ (SGIC™) testing scheme to promote testing for products and devices based on the Smart Grid standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the NEMA program provides benefits Read more [...]
Siting Transmission Corridors: A Real Life Game of Chutes and Ladders*

Siting Transmission Corridors: A Real Life Game of Chutes and Ladders*

Oh, for the simplicity of Chutes and Ladders! In the massive effort to attain energy independence by connecting vast renewable energy resources with energy-hungry population centers, power transmission lines are both the obstacles and the solution—the chutes and ladders—to success. Everyone wants to harness the energy from wind, sun, earth, and tides, but moving it can be tricky. Transmission corridors are the means by which energy moves from source to destination. They are integral 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 [...]
Lack of Transmission Siting Hinders Energy Independence

Lack of Transmission Siting Hinders Energy Independence

With little happening in Congress as the midterm elections loom large, our nation’s effort to modernize the electrical grid, create jobs by installing new technologies, and connect renewable generation to population centers is in jeopardy of stalling due to the lack of new electrical transmission siting.   Transmission lines are the lynch-pin that connects electricity from generation sites to our homes and businesses that use electricity.  But without a national transmission Read more [...]
Trimming Trees Trims Power Troubles

Trimming Trees Trims Power Troubles

Utilities need to trim trees around overhead power lines to minimize power outages that may occur during powerful storms due to falling branches.  Many times a utility’s tree trimming program runs into opposition from a locality’s tree canopy preservation policy.  A town wants to preserve its tree canopy and residents will vociferously complain that a utility “butchered” the tree in of their home.  These same residents will also complain that their electrical Read more [...]
Power Blackouts Increasing in the US & Smart Grid

Power Blackouts Increasing in the US & Smart Grid

The power grids in the Northeast section of the United States had 147 minutes of non-disaster power outages last year and the South Atlantic section had 143 minutes last year according to a CNN report.  This figure moves up yearly as the electrical distribution system continues to age with very little change over the past 50 years.  “During the past 2 decades, such blackouts have increased 124 percent – up from 41 blackouts between 1991 and 1995, to 92 between 2001 and 2005 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 [...]
Mexican utility headquarters that used to hold more than 1,000 workers now looks like a haunted building……….

Mexican utility headquarters that used to hold more than 1,000 workers now looks like a haunted building……….

Mexico’s electricity generation began with private companies, but in 1938 the Mexican government began nationalization of the electric utility industry.  As a result of this process two electrical companies were created: CFE – Federal Electrical Commission and LyFC – Central Light and Power. LyFC generated and distributed electricity in the central part of the country around Mexico City at 50 Hz and CFE supplied the rest of the country at 60 Hz.; in 1972 Mexico unified the Read more [...]
Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Congressional Unveiling of Major Energy Savings and Carbon Reduction…

Do you want to save 4.48-7.95 million metric tons (MMT) of carbon annually (equivalent to removing approximately between 3-5.4 million automobiles annually)? Do you want to save 25 to 42 Terawatt hours (billion kWh) per year (equivalent to 3 to 6 nuclear power plants or 6 to 10 coal-fired plants)? Do you want to drive innovation and spur technology? If you do, see NEMA’s newly unveiled consensus agreement outdoor lighting standard. Today, Senator Bingaman, Senator Murkowski, Senator Read more [...]
World’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge Soaks up Rays

World’s Largest Pedestrian Bridge Soaks up Rays

A few days ago, The Kurilpa Bridge in Brisbane officially opened, and it’s been referred to as the “largest pedestrian and cycle bridge.” It’s 470 meters long, and around 36,500 people will use the bridge each week. It features a programmable LED lighting system that can be adjusted for different effects and events. What’s really cool, though, is that the bridge has 84 solar panels that can fully power the bridge in most lighting configurations, and provide 75% of Read more [...]