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Senate Dems Propose Infrastructure Blueprint

Senate Dems Propose Infrastructure Blueprint

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Joseph Eaves, Director, Government Relations, NEMA On January 24, 2017, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-NY) and top Senate Democrats unveiled a major infrastructure proposal, A Blueprint to Rebuild America’s Infrastructure and Create 15 Million Jobs. This plan requires a $1 trillion investment and, by their projections, would create…

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Building a Made-in-America Economy

Building a Made-in-America Economy

This piece was originally published in the March 2017 issue of electroindustry. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) In order for us to create an economy built to last, we need to make strong federal investments in a 21st-century American infrastructure network that puts people to work and allows businesses to move their goods to market. President Trump has pledged to put forward…

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Washington Watch: What Lies Ahead

Washington Watch: What Lies Ahead

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA With the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th President of the United States last month, the new administration and a Republican-controlled Congress began work on a number of key issues relevant to the electroindustry. Tax reform, repeal of the Patient…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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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….

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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…

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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…

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