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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 an efficient way to save energy, but the real value is realized when connected Read more [...]
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 people to say “good enough” and question the value of further Read more [...]
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 electrical system. This article should help demystify the concept of blockchain Read more [...]
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 million Africans—more than twice the U.S. population—have no access to electricity, according Read more [...]
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 unemployed energy workers for energy and manufacturing-related jobs in Read more [...]
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 and natural gas. At the same time, there has been explosive growth of cleaner, lower 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 [...]
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 [...]
NEMA Strategic Initiative: Promoting Smart Cities

NEMA Strategic Initiative: Promoting Smart Cities

The NEMA Strategic Initiatives Program was established to seize emerging market opportunities, solve impending challenges, and address issues involving multiple NEMA product sections and divisions. The 2016 Smart Cities Strategic Initiative contains four components: Energy and Water: An initiative to quantify the energy efficiency of water supply, delivery, and treatment systems; to analyze the market potential to improve efficiency by using member products; and to evaluate the viability Read more [...]