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Remembering Erich Gunther

Remembering Erich Gunther

Erich Gunther probably generated more smart grid–related sales for NEMA members than anyone else in the industry. Until his death in June, he was a trusted partner to many utilities, often bridging the gap between good ideas and actually getting something installed. He touched many utility projects that led to the installation of NEMA member products. A co-founder of EnerNex, an electric power research, engineering, and consulting firm, Mr. Gunther served as its chairman and chief technology Read more [...]
Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

Build and Rebuild Smart to Mitigate Disastrous Effects

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Pat Walsh, Editor in Chief, NEMA Severe weather and fires, coupled with an aging and overstressed electrical infrastructure, may dramatically affect lives and property in the United States in the coming years. This month marks the peak of the hurricane season. Forest fires, floods, earthquakes, and tornadoes, on the other hand, follow no calendar. Read more [...]
Smart Grid Manual Standardizes Interoperability

Smart Grid Manual Standardizes Interoperability

This piece was originally published in the July 2016 issue of electroindustry. Khaled Masri, Program Manager, NEMA | Cuong Nguyen, Lead, Smart Grid Testing and Certification, NIST ANSI/NEMA SG-IPRM 1-2016 Smart Grid Interoperability Process Reference Manual (IPRM) was developed and refined over the past six years by the Smart Grid Testing and Certification Committee (SGTCC) of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). NEMA’s Distribution Automation Section sponsored its development 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 [...]
Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

Weather outside gives context to Grid Innovation briefing on Hill

As the temperature outside neared 100 degrees, the congressional staff and other guests in the Russell Senate Office Building were getting warmed up for the transformation of the nation’s electric grid (which among other things will help us manage electricity on these brutal summer days!). Attendees got to witness the “bang, bang” of G&W Electric’s automatic recloser in action; a visualization of Commonwealth Edison’s outage management system respond to thousands of lightning strikes Read more [...]
Go straight until you reach the energy storage tower, then turn left.

Go straight until you reach the energy storage tower, then turn left.

Explaining what energy storage is can be difficult sometimes.  Leave explaining the benefits for another day.  If you store air in a balloon, it expands.  If you store boxes in a warehouse, the shelves get full.  But, if you store energy, for most mediums you usually still have a paneled or enclosed box still sitting there, unchanged to any of the five senses.  Maybe a fan is blowing harder, maybe. The American electricity grid is remarkable and unique.  It forms one Read more [...]
Three Questions for Energy Nominee Moniz

Three Questions for Energy Nominee Moniz

In 2012, I had the honor of being selected as one of the country’s 75 Smart Grid pioneers by Smart Grid Today.  Thanks to the luck of alphabetical ordering, it just so happens that my name appears on that list immediately before Dr. Ernest Moniz, MIT faculty member and the Obama administration nominee for Secretary of Energy.  In light of Dr. Moniz’s confirmation hearing today, I have three questions (really six with the follow-on questions) that I would like to ask him: Read more [...]
Rebuilding "smart" after Sandy with new NEMA publication

Rebuilding "smart" after Sandy with new NEMA publication

Superstorm Sandy highlighted the fragile nature of our nation's electric grid. One thing is clear: our grid needs some updating. In an effort to assist federal, state, and local policymakers with solutions to harden the nation’s electric grid, improve its resiliency to withstand severe weather, and improve energy efficiency, NEMA published Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart. As communities continue to rebuild after Sandy, incorporating "smart" technologies into the grid can 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 [...]
Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Technical Experts Needed to Write Systems Standards!

Systems standards.   Much of the technology world seems to be talking about systems standards these days.  You’d think we didn’t have any standards that allow products to operate effectively with other products in applications.   But we do . . . and they do.  So what’s all the discussion about systems standards?     The IEC Master Plan 2011 does a nice job of describing the issue—“The multiplicity of technologies and their Read more [...]