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Understanding the Electric Grid

Understanding the Electric Grid

Here at NEMA, we talk about the grid frequently, in the context of modernizing the U.S. electrical system and effectively implementing new and developing technologies. Central to this revolution is the rapid growth of renewable energy—including wind, solar, and hydroelectric—and the related expansion of microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation. But how does the grid work today, and what does this modernization look like? The Department of Energy developed an easy-to-understand Read more [...]
Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Charles Botsford, PE, Chemical Engineer, AeroVironment The electric grid has changed, but the change isn’t finished. With state and federal requirements to incorporate more renewable energy—primarily wind and solar—as part of our power generation mix, the grid must also incorporate a massive amount of energy storage to continue to provide stable and low-cost power. Electric vehicle (EV) charging is Read more [...]
Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) Our nation’s energy infrastructure—and specifically our electric grid—deserves more attention in the coming year. The private sector is rapidly innovating and finding ways to update our grid and make us less vulnerable as a nation to cyberattacks. We must also protect against adverse weather and accidents that could significantly impact our economy and threaten public Read more [...]
Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Gene Eckhart, Consultant, NEMA NEMA collaborated with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the two state-owned electric utilities (State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Grid Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a one-day workshop in Shenzhen on energy storage systems. It was supported by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with whom NEMA has worked Read more [...]
Bulletproofing the Grid

Bulletproofing the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager, Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB Inc. Recent events and developing threats remind us that as essential as the grid is to national and economic security—and our very way of life—it is and always has been vulnerable. The 2013 rifle attack on a California substation that damaged 17 transformers and six circuit breakers, causing 52,000 gallons of oil to be spilled Read more [...]
Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On September 8, 2011, the Southwest went dark. Flights were grounded, traffic signals switched off, roads gridlocked, elevators trapped people, families fled outdoors to escape stifling indoor heat, and emergency 911 calls were rerouted as a patchwork fix. When critical generators failed, 66 nursing home residents were evacuated and seven hospital patients Read more [...]
Accelerating Grid Modernization

Accelerating Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP This decade has been marked by extreme weather incidents, and businesses across the nation have felt the impact when their power has gone out. While utility reliability on sunny days is very good across the nation, utilities are working on strategies to ensure that unanticipated weather disasters don’t cause extended outages. Grid modernization programs, where more Read more [...]
Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several member companies met with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate conference committee working to reach an agreement on the first broad energy bill in nearly a decade. We are advocating for the swift development and passage of a comprehensive energy bill with a number of specific provisions important to our members. Both the House of Representatives Read more [...]
Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Tim Wolf, Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc. Over the past decade, utilities throughout the United States have been installing smart metering networks to automate the collection of energy and water usage data. Thus far, these smart meter networks have succeeded primarily in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving customer service. They have not yet Read more [...]
The Role Energy Storage Plays in a High-Renewable-Energy Future

The Role Energy Storage Plays in a High-Renewable-Energy Future

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Garrett Fitzgerald, PhD, Senior Associate, Rocky Mountain Institute With Tesla announcing a home battery that uses electricity generated from solar panels, the German company Sonnenbatterie entering the U.S. market, and massive grid-scale storage projects popping up in Hawaii and California, 2015 was the year of the battery. It also happened to be the year of the first global Read more [...]