Browsed by
Tag: energy

How much energy in a gallon of water?

How much energy in a gallon of water?

Readers of ei magazine have noticed an error in the sidebar for an article I recently wrote concerning the impact of the energy-water nexus on manufacturers and the electroindustry.  The sidebar cites an article by Michael E. Webber in Scientific American that describes the amount of energy required to deliver ONE MILLION (my emphasis) gallons of clean water.  When I transcribed Dr. Webber's table for the article in ei, I mistakenly typed  "one gallon" of water, which is off by a factor of Read more [...]
NEMA Lays Out the Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts at EIA Energy Conference

NEMA Lays Out the Case for Energy Savings Performance Contracts at EIA Energy Conference

More than 850 conference attendees watched U.S. Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz deliver keynote remarks to the 2013 Energy Information Administration’s Energy Conference in Washington, DC.  Even more watched him live on C-SPAN.  Secretary Moniz was the opening speaker for an action-packed two-day conference full of federal officials, economists, industry experts, and energy advocates.  Secretary Moniz was followed by Thomas Fanning, CEO of Southern Company, who started by noting Read more [...]
Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Light Bulb Amendment puts U.S. Jobs at Risk

Yesterday NEMA sent the below letter to every member in the U.S. House of Representatives.   Support US Jobs and Oppose Burgess Amendment on Light Bulbs Dr. Burgess (R-TX) has announced he will be offering an amendment that has the impact of threatening U.S. manufacturing jobs.  The National Electrical          Manufacturers Association (NEMA) strongly opposes the Burgess amendment and urges you to vote against it.  The amendment Read more [...]
Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Standards Harmonization Good for Growth of Solid State Lighting

Recently, NEMA published SSL 4-2012, SSL Retrofit Lamps: Suggested Minimum Performance Requirements.  The purpose of this standard is to provide suggested minimum performance levels for SSL retrofit products. Federal programs such as Energy Star set high performance goals to encourage growth of such products, but do not provide minimum acceptance criteria for products as a whole.  Since its publication, NEMA has been approached by several organizations wishing to adopt, in part or in total, Read more [...]
LVDC – Wave of the future or Technogimic?

LVDC – Wave of the future or Technogimic?

Lately, a return to using low voltage DC power, at least in some applications, had gotten a lot of attention.  There was a US workshop sponsored by NEMA, UL and NFPA that drew over 140 participants.  A workshop was recently held in Europe that had over 70 attendees.  Demonstration installations for data centers and community level distribution have been constructed and tested.  A consortium, EMerge Alliance, has developed a standard and applications for using LVDC for office lighting Read more [...]
Calling all NEMA lithium-ion battery manufacturers

Calling all NEMA lithium-ion battery manufacturers

Now is the time for NEMA members in the lithium-ion battery industry to get involved in IEC nano standards work. Balloting of a new work proposal in IEC TC 113 is underway for electrochemical characterization of cathode nanomaterials for lithium-ion batteries. It’s crucial that US industry get involved now, through the IEC TC 113 US Technical Advisory Group. The future of renewable energy significantly depends on the development of efficient systems for energy storage and lithium-ion Read more [...]
Light in the Darkness

Light in the Darkness

It’s been a week since power has been restored to San Diego after a massive “operator error”-induced blackout. In a sign of just how far we as a nation still have to go in achieving a Smart Grid, not only were grid operators unable to choke off the outage before it grew into a major blackout, but operators (as well as the media and even Congress) are still scratching their heads about just how this localized problem spread so far and so rapidly. California’s ISO announced Read more [...]
Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Obama launches the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership to create high-tech jobs and alleviate energy and manufacturing costs

Last Friday, President Obama launched the Advanced Manufacturing Partnership (AMP) to encourage industry, universities, and the federal government to invest in emerging technologies that will create high-quality manufacturing jobs. The plan will invest more than $500 million to begin this effort. One area of interest, particularly for the electroindustry, is that the Department of Energy will begin working to develop manufacturing processes and materials to help alleviate energy and manufacturing Read more [...]
Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development (BUILD) Act, S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees.  Transportation, Water, and Energy infrastructure projects greater than $100 million and of national or regional significance Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words.  But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]