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Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

Unlocking Transmission Line Capacity Using Dynamic Line Ratings

A key part of the national electrical grid is the transmission of electricity over large distances from the point of its generation to the point of use.  This is becoming increasing important as renewable energy sources become a significant part of the generation mix.  The quantity of electricity that can be transported over a specific line is a function of many variables.  In this edition of Vids4Grids we visit Oncor where they are employing Dynamic Line Ratings technology Read more [...]
Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Smart Meter Communications Maker offers its IPO

Many anticipated it would come and it has, the IPO of Silver Spring Networks is here. On July 7, the company filed to go public to raise $150 million. The Redwood City Calif.-based company, which provides meters, mesh radio network and software for end-to-end smart grid projects, has been a popular choice for utilities in the U.S. such as Baltimore Gas & Electric, Pacific Gas & Electric, and Florida Power & Light Company. Silver Spring notes that it has won contracts for more than 17 Read more [...]
Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

Feds leave court ruling on transmission unchallenged

This week, the deadline passed for the federal government to appeal the February ruling by 9th Circuit Court of Appeals which invalidated the establishment of National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors.  These NIETCs were conceived in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 and designed by the Department of Energy to streamline the regulatory landscape in two of the most congested regions of the country—the Southwest and the Mid-Atlantic.  If progress in these areas can be stymied, what Read more [...]
NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

NEMA’s Smart Grid testing scheme has been unveiled. What does that mean for you?

This month, NEMA unveiled its Smart Grid Testing Scheme at the World Meter Design Congress. The testing scheme, the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant (SGIC), is designed to help manufacturers, utility companies, and test laboratories identify points of interoperability in Smart Grid standards, and design test specifications that make sense to all parties. The NEMA program was developed to conform to a set of interoperability guidelines put out by the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), Read more [...]
Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

Bipartisanship to Upgrade our Infrastructure?

This week, Senators Kerry, Warner, Hutchison, and Graham came together to announce their proposal to rebuild America’s infrastructure.  The Building and Upgrading Infrastructure for Long-Term Development (BUILD) Act, S. 652, would establish an American Infrastructure Financing Authority - a type of infrastructure bank that would provide loans and loan guarantees.  Transportation, Water, and Energy infrastructure projects greater than $100 million and of national or regional significance Read more [...]
The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

The Newest Dirty Word: NIMBY

George Carlin was made famous for his 7 Dirty Words.  But when it comes to meeting our electricity demands of the 21st century, we can add another word whose utterance should cause shock and outrage to the general public: NIMBY. NIMBY (“Not in My Backyard”) is the genesis for much of the opposition to various endeavors that would serve the public, such as improving the electrical grid. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has just released an updated report on the state of transmission Read more [...]
The president “has no clothes?”

The president “has no clothes?”

We all remember Hans Christian Andersen’s story about the emperor and his new clothes, right? He was swindled by two weavers into believing that his new suit is made of fabric that is invisible to those who are stupid. And so the emperor, wearing this new suit, goes out among his subjects, until one young boy cries out that he has no clothes. Well, isn’t that what is happening in the current debate about renewable energy? The president correctly advocates the production of renewable Read more [...]
NEMA Announces Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant Product Strategy

NEMA Announces Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant Product Strategy

To further promote the development and deployment of the Smart Grid, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) announces the Smart Grid Interoperable & Conformant™ (SGIC™) testing scheme to promote testing for products and devices based on the Smart Grid standards identified by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the NEMA program provides benefits Read more [...]
Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

Leviton response to EVSE Cord and Plug Controversy

In response to NEMA's eiXtra: January 11, 2011 Feature Article entitled EVSE Making Waves Across the Industries Leviton would like to clarify the comment that,  “There is some controversy surrounding the non-permanent EVSE installations right now, and whether or not they are allowable under code, but it appears that Ford is confident in Leviton's reading of the code.” Leviton Manufacturing’s Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment complies with applicable requirements Read more [...]
EVSE Making Inroads at CES 2011

EVSE Making Inroads at CES 2011

Industries are converging as electric vehicles (EV) hit the roads.  Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment and Systems companies are beginning to strut their stuff as they support the charging of these electric vehicles. NEMA and its EVSES section members were well represented at the International CES, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, held last week in Las Vegas.  The EV market has begun to sneak into the picture, and by next year it will burst onto the CES scene.  Read more [...]