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Implementing Volt/VAR Technologies

Implementing Volt/VAR Technologies

This is the second of two education modules on volt/VAR technologies. Read the first here. Market Drivers Despite their ability to significantly improve power quality and lower line losses and reduce peak demand compared to traditional methods, VVO systems have not been widely deployed in the U.S. because traditional utility fee structures fail to provide revenue recovery or ROI to pay for the necessary investments. In November 2012, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners, Read more [...]
Delta Achieves Sustainability Using Its Own Products at Corporate Headquarters

Delta Achieves Sustainability Using Its Own Products at Corporate Headquarters

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Joe Oberle, Vice President, Corporate Development, Delta Products Corporation When Delta Products Corporation opened its new Americas headquarters in Fremont, California, in October 2015, the state-of-the-art, 180,000-square-foot facility met LEED[1] Platinum and net-zero standards while incorporating many of Delta's own technologies to achieve an elite level of sustainability. The Read more [...]
Stepping Out and Stepping Up to a Smarter Community

Stepping Out and Stepping Up to a Smarter Community

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA When the ei editorial staff decided to explore a real smart city, we simply looked outside our office into Rossyln, an unincorporated neighborhood in Arlington County, Virginia. Just across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C., Rosslyn is accessible to tourists, policymakers, and world leaders by train, plane, and automobile. In 2015, the Arlington Read more [...]
Integrated Lighting Systems Reduce Military Base Costs, Meet Security Requirements

Integrated Lighting Systems Reduce Military Base Costs, Meet Security Requirements

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  By Rob Drago, Vice President, Infrastructure Vertical Marketing, Acuity Brands Lighting In today’s world, military bases must implement very high security measures to ensure the safety and security of all personnel. These facilities require high-quality, reliable lighting and real-time reporting and diagnostics so that energy and security personnel know when and where luminaires Read more [...]
Watching a Smart City Progress

Watching a Smart City Progress

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Mark L. Little, City of Schenectady It is an exciting time in Schenectady, New York. Emerging smart city technologies have the potential to revolutionize the way Schenectady conducts its operations and the way it brings services to its citizens and visitors. “Smart” in this context means gathering and using complex data streams to make city operations much more productive and Read more [...]
Gold Medallion Homes Bespeak Decades of Energy Efficiency

Gold Medallion Homes Bespeak Decades of Energy Efficiency

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA The year was 1957. The place, new suburbia. The event, the dawn of the Gold Medallion Home™. Welcome to the All-Electric Generation. NEMA, which at the time included appliance manufacturers in its membership, created the Gold Medallion Home Program to identify and promote all-electric domiciles as the epitome of modern life. Trademarked 10 years Read more [...]
Net-Zero Home Embodies New Era of Energy Efficiency

Net-Zero Home Embodies New Era of Energy Efficiency

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Greg Galluccio, Vice President, Engineering and Product Management, Maxlite, and Dixie Comeau, President, Dixie Comeau Consulting Inc. During a recent meeting at the NEMA conference center on emerging technologies, I mentioned the net-zero, 2,600-square-foot home my wife, Dixie Comeau, and I are building. The editor of this magazine asked me to describe the project, which is just Read more [...]
U.S. Electric Infrastructure by the Numbers

U.S. Electric Infrastructure by the Numbers

This week, the Senate begins debating the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012), introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). This is an important bipartisan bill that includes many provisions important to electrical industry. Take a look at the numbers demonstrating the significance of this bill, then contact your senators by clicking here or calling the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. Read more [...]
Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

Contact Your Senators: Senate to Begin Debate on the Energy Policy Modernization Act

By Kyle Pitsor, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA The U.S. Senate may begin debate this week on an energy bill that includes many important provisions for the electroindustry. We encourage NEMA members and others in the industry to take action and contact their Senators to urge them to support S.2012, the Energy Policy Modernization Act. You can easily contact your Senators through NEMA’s online system by clicking here or by calling the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. The Read more [...]
Electric Heating Fits Naturally in Green Buildings

Electric Heating Fits Naturally in Green Buildings

Smart Choices for Winter Heating By Gary Kraemer, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Dimplex North America Limited Previously a peripheral topic, green building is a now mainstream way of doing business. Looking back a few years, we recognize that a combination of social, economic, and governmental factors precipitated this paradigm shift. For residential and commercial owners alike, going green isn’t just about doing the right thing; it is about providing an economic solution to rising Read more [...]