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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 [...]
Energy Saving Motor Control

Energy Saving Motor Control

As we all try to save energy, one of the most effective routes is through more efficient use of motors.  This is so important because motors are everywhere - household appliances from cleaning to kitchen, domestic/commercial/industrial fans and pumps, and especially in electric vehicles, among many applications.  They are so ubiquitous that a business "Public Service of New Hampshire - The Northeast Utilities System" posting indicated that "electric motors consume 64 Read more [...]
Taking a harder look at clean nuclear energy

Taking a harder look at clean nuclear energy

Three years ago, I heard a presentation by the head of the Nuclear Energy Institute about the history and then-current status of the nuclear energy industry in the United States. I had not previously given much thought to nuclear energy and my attitudes and biases with respect to nuclear energy were largely shaped by media reporting of the Three Mile Island Pennsylvania reactor meltdown in the 1970s and the Chernobyl, Soviet Union reactor meltdown in 1986. I also remember how difficult it was for Read more [...]