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Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA For the past three years, I have been discussing energy storage system (ESS) matters with electricians and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) up and down the Northeast corridor because of the growing interest in new battery technologies and their energy storage applications. Beyond the…

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What’s Happening with Nuclear Power in the United States?

What’s Happening with Nuclear Power in the United States?

Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA Nuclear power has been in the news recently with the bankruptcy announcement of the Westinghouse Electricity Company threatening the limited number of nuclear reactors currently under development in the United States. This post will examine a few of the trends in the U.S. nuclear industry to help explain how we…

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Setting New Standards for a Transforming Industry

Setting New Standards for a Transforming Industry

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Amy Huntington, Philips Lighting CEO, Market Group Americas Never has there been a more exciting time to be part of the lighting industry. Although we have witnessed many technological shifts, none has been quite as disruptive as the industry’s emerging digital transformation. The introduction of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) provided…

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Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although the impressive efficacy gains made by light-emitting diodes (LED) products over the last few years fall well short of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) ultimate targets, they’ve already surpassed the limits of conventional lighting in nearly all applications—which might prompt some…

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Demystifying Blockchain: How It Will Grow Demand for Distributed Energy Resources

Demystifying Blockchain: How It Will Grow Demand for Distributed Energy Resources

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA You may have heard the buzz about using blockchain technology to facilitate energy transactions, especially for distributed energy resources. Unless you are a bitcoin user, however, you may not know what a blockchain is, or its relevance to the…

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Pursuing Africa’s Vast Energy Potential

Pursuing Africa’s Vast Energy Potential

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA The mission of Power Africa, an initiative launched by President Barack Obama in 2013 and spearheaded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is to increase the number of people in sub-Saharan Africa who have access to electricity. More than 645…

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Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

Workforce Bill Targets Society, Industry, Economy

This piece was originally published in the October 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bobby L. Rush (D-IL) In February, H.R. 4583, an act to promote a twenty-first-century energy and manufacturing workforce, passed the House with overwhelming support. This jobs bill, which I sponsored, directs the Department of Energy (DOE) to prioritize training underrepresented groups such as minorities, women, veterans, and…

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Act Now to Modernize the Grid

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future. America is now a leading producer of oil…

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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…

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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…

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