NEMA Hosts Congressional Grid Innovation Series

NEMA Hosts Congressional Grid Innovation Series

This piece was originally published in the June 2018 issue of electroindustry.

Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA

To help policymakers and their staffs stay current with rapidly changing electrical grid technologies, NEMA has partnered with the Edison Electric Institute and the GridWise Alliance to host a series of educational events in collaboration with the House Grid Innovation Caucus.

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-California)

The series highlights innovative technologies—technologies manufactured by NEMA Members—that make the electrical grid more flexible, reliable, efficient, secure, and resilient. It also addresses policy barriers that inhibit its widespread adoption.

The first briefing, held in March, focused on reinvesting in American infrastructure in the context of President Trump’s and Congress’s priorities. NEMA’s Patrick Hughes spoke about the importance of investing in modern energy systems to make the nation’s electrical infrastructure safer, more reliable, and highly efficient. He noted that by incorporating the latest innovations such as energy storage, smart meters, microgrids, and advanced transmission technologies, we can modernize the grid while simultaneously creating quality manufacturing jobs.

Siemens’ Bobby Bailie, Business Development Director for Energy Storage. Photos by Patrick Hughes

Digging deeper into energy storage, the second briefing in the series was held on April 27. Siemens’s Bobby Bailie represented NEMA on a panel that discussed the current state and future of energy storage systems and their benefits. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-California), co-chair of the House Grid Innovation Caucus with Congressman Bob Latta (R-Ohio), spoke about exciting new trends in the electroindustry and the role of Congress in encouraging grid innovation.

Throughout 2018, NEMA will continue to host briefings on emerging topics, such as maintaining the cybersecurity of the grid. To learn more about this educational series, contact Patrick Hughes, senior director of government relations and strategic initiatives, at

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