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Electrifying the World

Electrifying the World

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Tomi Motoi, GE Representative to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Economics and Investment Office The energy system drives today’s economic and social progress. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy investment in 2015 accounted for nearly 2.4 percent of global GDP. Electricity, including networks, accounted for 37 percent of this investment,[1] serving worldwide energy Read more [...]
Benchmarking and Transparency Work

Benchmarking and Transparency Work

This piece was originally published in the November 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA At the annual meeting of the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) in Providence, Rhode Island, NEMA presented the results of its recent survey of New York City facility mangers. The survey found that building owners and managers are making operational changes and capital expenditures to improve the Read more [...]
Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, I joined the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several NEMA companies on a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate energy bill conference committee. Our object was to advocate for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a number of specific provisions important to our members. Both the House of Representatives and the Senate Read more [...]
Clean Power Plan Warrants Strategic Outreach

Clean Power Plan Warrants Strategic Outreach

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA As part of the 2017 suite of strategic initiatives recently approved by its Board of Governors, NEMA will work with states to increase the use of NEMA member products as a means for states to comply with the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Clean Power Plan. Since the EPA announced the rule more than two years ago, NEMA and its members have been Read more [...]
CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

CoStar Group to Publicize Building Energy Use

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA A new Better Buildings Initiative partnership between the CoStar Group, the Department of Energy (DOE), and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will accelerate investments in energy-efficient products and building operations that support construction and manufacturing jobs. The CoStar Group will now publicize building Read more [...]
A Good IDEA in the Cloud

A Good IDEA in the Cloud

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Paul Molitor, President and CEO, Industry Data Exchange Association (IDEA) The increasing reliance on cloud computing implies an increasing reliance on data centers. For this reason, we must strive to make them as secure, reliable, and efficient as possible. In January 2015, RightScale, a consultancy specializing in cloud computing services, surveyed 930 IT professionals from companies of various sizes Read more [...]
Pro-consumer Solutions Needed in Light Bulb Rule

Pro-consumer Solutions Needed in Light Bulb Rule

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA In written comments NEMA filed with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), U.S. lighting manufacturers reaffirmed their position that consumers should have multiple options when selecting the type of light bulbs to purchase. NEMA's comments took issue with requirements in a DOE-proposed energy-efficiency rule aimed at forcing the exclusive adoption Read more [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]