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Level the Market for All Emerging Sources of Electricity

Level the Market for All Emerging Sources of Electricity

This piece was originally published in the August 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Paul Tonko (D-NY) I had the opportunity to discuss the importance of energy storage and battery systems at the White House Summit on Scaling Renewable Energy and Storage with Smart Markets on June 16. Participants included leading utilities, state energy officials, energy storage developers, and demand response providers. At the summit, the Obama administration announced approximately $1 billion Read more [...]
NEMA Section Takes Lead in Energy Storage

NEMA Section Takes Lead in Energy Storage

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, PMP, Industry Director, NEMA The application and use of energy storage systems (ESSs) has grown dramatically in grid-scale and building-based systems. These systems are capable of doing much more beyond storing power when there is less demand and helping smooth out supply-and-demand challenges. As a case in point, entities that are considering the application and use of ESSs need accurate, Read more [...]
Renewable Energy Advances Repel Threat from Lower Natural Gas Prices

Renewable Energy Advances Repel Threat from Lower Natural Gas Prices

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Donald R. Leavens, PhD, Vice President and Chief Economist, NEMA/BIS For much of this decade, renewable energy investment has struggled to gain a foothold, as utilities facing declining electricity demand and revenue growth have turned to abundant, reliable, and lower-cost natural gas to add capacity and replace coal generation. More recently, advances in renewable energy technologies 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 [...]
Electric Heating Fits Naturally in Green Buildings

Electric Heating Fits Naturally in Green Buildings

Smart Choices for Winter Heating By Gary Kraemer, Manager, Marketing and Communications, Dimplex North America Limited Previously a peripheral topic, green building is a now mainstream way of doing business. Looking back a few years, we recognize that a combination of social, economic, and governmental factors precipitated this paradigm shift. For residential and commercial owners alike, going green isn’t just about doing the right thing; it is about providing an economic solution to rising Read more [...]
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 rely 100% on renewable energy. President Obama was not alone. French President Hollande pledged $2.1 billion to African nations to invest in renewable Read more [...]
Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

Competitiveness is the Best "Protection" for Jobs

U.S. electroindustry companies sell billions of dollars of equipment outside the U.S. each year. These companies employ many thousands of workers here in the U.S., workers whose employment depends on the ability of their company “teams” to innovate, make sales, and satisfy their customers. With most of the world’s people (95 percent) and supporting infrastructure outside the U.S., it makes sense that companies want to gain access to more markets, be competitive, and make more sales Read more [...]
A Tale of Wind and Water

A Tale of Wind and Water

In early 2012 NEMA produced a return on investment (ROI) whitepaper for Smart Grid; a document that was very well-received at the NARUC annual meeting in Washington, D.C. that year.  In the whitepaper we cited a number of examples, one of which was a plan filed by the Duluth-based Minnesota Power company to connect a wind farm in North Dakota to a hydroelectric site in Manitoba, Canada.  An article about this project recently appeared in the electronic version of Renew Grid magazine http://www.renew-grid.com/e107_plugins/content/content.php?content.10444. Read more [...]
Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

Advanced Batteries’ Progress Cited in State of the Union

The progress of advanced batteries got the attention of President Obama in yesterday's State of Union address.  America's potential "to be the world's leading manufacturer of high-tech batteries" is one of the reasons to be optimistic about the future of the United States' manufacturing sector.    Innovative companies are responding to a number of marketplace demands with technologies to power our vehicles, improve electric reliability, gain efficiency, Read more [...]
LVDC – Wave of the future or Technogimic?

LVDC – Wave of the future or Technogimic?

Lately, a return to using low voltage DC power, at least in some applications, had gotten a lot of attention.  There was a US workshop sponsored by NEMA, UL and NFPA that drew over 140 participants.  A workshop was recently held in Europe that had over 70 attendees.  Demonstration installations for data centers and community level distribution have been constructed and tested.  A consortium, EMerge Alliance, has developed a standard and applications for using LVDC for office lighting Read more [...]