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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 [...]
NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

NEMA Lighting Division efforts bear fruit in California

This week the State of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) approved and published their Strategic Lighting Plan, which was two years in the making. NEMA staff and members participated directly in the development and drafting of the SLP from start to finish to provide the manufacturer perspective in effort to balance out the advocates and regulators, and to serve as a reality check by leveraging NEMA's extensive experience with consumer acceptance and consumer desires.  The Strategic Read more [...]
Smart grid impact deepens

Smart grid impact deepens

The promise of a more efficient electric power grid is coming closer and closer to reality.  Many of the overarching concepts have been defined and now considerable activity is underway to define the myriad of interactions between the multitude of actors in this huge play.  One such activity, sponsored by North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB)  is just getting started through a joint venture co-sponsored by ASHRAE and NEMA.  This activity will result in a data model Read more [...]
Call for Campaign on the Benefits of Smart Meters

Call for Campaign on the Benefits of Smart Meters

The smart grid holds lots of promise.  It will allow money-saving dynamic, or demand-response, pricing of electricity, help utility companies anticipate strains on the electric-delivery system, and accelerate the integration of renewable-energy sources to help quell our insatiable oil-based energy appetite. But how do we sell the idea to users (consumers) and public utility commissions?In California, where some 10 million smart meters will be installed by 2012, some consumers have complained Read more [...]
The Spill and the Energy Bill

The Spill and the Energy Bill

A New York Times editorial last Saturday called on the United States Senate to take an early lesson from the Gulf oil spill catastrophe and move comprehensive energy and pollution legislation.  This seems like a no-brainer, and Congress should complete the task of addressing energy independence comprehensively in a way that makes both fiscal and environmental sense for the nation, while promoting energy independence.  But one paragraph of the editorial recommended a Read more [...]
NEMA and Marine Renewable Energies: Is It Time?

NEMA and Marine Renewable Energies: Is It Time?

Marine renewable energies are out there and being tested vigorously everyday. Some say marine renewables are where wind energy was ten years ago. Currently, there are around 129 types of "marine" energy technologies with some more effective than others. The United States, with the help of federal funding, is slowly but surely getting more involved in this fascinating, untapped natural energy resource. But when do electrical manufacturers come into play? The answer is debatable. Should we Read more [...]
NEMA Addresses SSL Dimming Challenges

NEMA Addresses SSL Dimming Challenges

The NEMA Lighting Controls and Solid State Lighting Sections have co-produced a white paper on the subject of dimming screw-base integrated ballast LED lamps. It is designated LSD-49 and is titled "Solid State Lighting for Incandescent Replacement—Best Practices for Dimming". NEMA and the SSL industry hope that by issuing guidance as early as possible on this subject, SSL technology can avoid the pitfalls associated with less than compatible self-ballasted CFL and Dimmer combinations. Read more [...]