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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 [...]
Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Advocating for a Comprehensive Energy Bill

Christine Coogle, Editor and Social Media Manager, NEMA This week, I joined the NEMA government relations team and representatives from several NEMA companies on a visit to Capitol Hill to meet with congressional staff involved in the House-Senate energy bill conference committee. Our object was to advocate 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 and the Senate Read more [...]
Advancing Energy Efficiency in Water Systems Requires New Strategies

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Water Systems Requires New Strategies

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Lorraine White, Project Manager, GEI Consultants Inc. Public water supply systems are estimated to consume more than 39 billion kWh/year, or an estimated one percent of total electricity use in the U.S., to develop, transport, treat, and deliver billions of gallons of water to end users.[1] A recent NEMA study conducted by GEI Consultants Inc. and its partners, the Alliance for Read more [...]
Yokohama Smart City Project Demonstrates Experimental Social Infrastructure

Yokohama Smart City Project Demonstrates Experimental Social Infrastructure

By Ryan Franks, Program Manager, NEMA Today the White House is hosting an Earthquake Resilience Summit to “promote adoption of an earthquake early warning system in the United States.” Electrical manufacturers recognize the vital importance of smart infrastructure—and smart rebuilding—to mitigate the effects of natural disasters and ensure quicker and more effective recovery. This article, published in September 2013, details a smart infrastructure project undertaken in Yokohama, Japan, Read more [...]
U.S. Electric Infrastructure by the Numbers

U.S. Electric Infrastructure by the Numbers

This week, the Senate begins debating the Energy Policy Modernization Act (S.2012), introduced by Senators Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA). This is an important bipartisan bill that includes many provisions important to electrical industry. Take a look at the numbers demonstrating the significance of this bill, then contact your senators by clicking here or calling the Senate switchboard at 202-224-3121. Read more [...]
Navigating To Compete

Navigating To Compete

This morning at a House of Representatives committee hearing, a major U.S. manufacturer and exporter testifed that the country's transportation and port infrastructure is inadequate to meet its needs to get its products to overseas customers. What solution is the company using to stay competitive in the global marketplace? Ship their products from Canadian ports. How is this possible (on many levels)? Let's take a quick look at this situation, since it points to a Read more [...]
Everyone agrees, so let’s act!

Everyone agrees, so let’s act!

Not a day goes by that some industry or political leader endorses the notion of rebuilding and modernizing our electrical infrastructure.  Yesterday, the American Society of Civil Engineers released its 2013 report card of America's infrastructure.  Our Energy infrastructure received a grade of D+.  Today in The Hill, leaders from PG&E and IBEW have made the case that now is the time to fix our grid.  Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) has been promoting her Energy 20/20 blueprint.  Read more [...]
Persistence is Rewarded

Persistence is Rewarded

Yesterday, with bipartisan votes, Congress approved legislation proposed by President Obama to implement free trade agreements (FTAs) with South Korea, Colombia and Panama. The votes are the most significant milepost to date on the road to greater market access for U.S. electroindustry exporters to these 3 important markets in Asia and Latin America -- a road that began way back in 2004 in the case of Panama. President Obama, who is meeting with the South Korean President today prior to Mr. Lee Read more [...]
Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

Obama continues to push infrastructure bank

A central policy recommendation touted by President Obama during his multistate bus tour this week is the creation of an infrastructure bank.   But does it make sense to be talking about a new government program while we are battling with the highest national debt ever?  In a word, yes.   Despite the unprecedented importance to our economy of bringing down our deficits and our debt, make no mistake that the federal government will continue to make decisions on Read more [...]
Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

Carmageddon—A Highway Maintenance Non-Event to Replicate

In a world of highways, accidents, and traffic jams, praise for a highway maintenance event is rare. Carmageddon is the ‘code name’ for the first phase of a CalTrans (California Department of Transportation) project to add a single carpool lane to a 10-mile stretch of I-405. For LA, this project required the unthinkable—scheduled closing of a freeway from Friday to Sunday.  Carmageddon 1, as this non-event is dubbed, was completed 17 hours ahead of schedule. Some credit for Read more [...]