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Environmental and Health Product Declarations: Threat or Opportunity?

Environmental and Health Product Declarations: Threat or Opportunity?

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Andrei Moldoveanu, Technical Director, NEMA Everyone on all sides of manufacturing knows that environment and health concerns are growing in relevance. Scientific research raises new facets of these concerns not only to the business community but increasingly to the greater public as well. How important they will be in…

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Electroindustry Provides Power to Paris Pledges

Electroindustry Provides Power to Paris Pledges

By Kevin J. Cosgriff, NEMA President and CEO In his closing remarks on December 1 at the World Climate Change Conference 2015 (COP21) in Paris, President Obama announced that 73 U.S. companies have pledged to go green in support of proposed climate change actions. These corporations aim to cut emissions by up to 50%, cut water usage by 80%, and…

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Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape in two of the most congested regions…

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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…

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The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he…

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The Federal Govt has banned incandescent lamps – FALSE!

The Federal Govt has banned incandescent lamps – FALSE!

Like a weed that keeps reappearing in your garden, the myth that the Federal Government has BANNED the incandescent light bulb continues to crop up and cause angst among consumers.  And what’s worse, pundits and elected officials who should know better are doing their best to help it spread.  It is particularly distressing to hear free-market conservatives spin this issue as another…

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Trimming Trees Trims Power Troubles

Trimming Trees Trims Power Troubles

Utilities need to trim trees around overhead power lines to minimize power outages that may occur during powerful storms due to falling branches.  Many times a utility’s tree trimming program runs into opposition from a locality’s tree canopy preservation policy.  A town wants to preserve its tree canopy and residents will vociferously complain that a utility “butchered” the tree in…

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Clean Air Act: 40 Years and Counting…

Clean Air Act: 40 Years and Counting…

This week marks the 40th anniversary of the Clean Air Act (CAA), the preeminent federal law enacted by Congress in 1970 to combat air pollution.  The CAA defines the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) responsibilities for protecting and improving the nation’s air quality. According to EPA, since 1970 the six commonly found air pollutants have decreased by more than 50…

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Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Filling in the Gaps in Lighting Solutions

Today many concerned building owners, lighting designers and some regulators are increasing their efforts and attention on free, natural light.  Unfortunately, while it is certainly very energy efficient, it is not reliable.  Like all renewable resources it is subject to periods of unavailability, not just at night but also during the day.  Natural variation in the intensity of sunlight can be a challenge. …

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