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Massachusetts on Track to Lead on NEC

Massachusetts on Track to Lead on NEC

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA It is the start of the 2020 National Electrical Code® (NEC) adoption season, and Massachusetts is on track to kick off with a January 1, 2020, adoption date. The Board of Fire Prevention Regulations (BFPR) will have met December 5, 2019, to promulgate the 2020 NEC as the electrical installation regulation for the commonwealth. If the process goes as Read more […]

NEMA Launches Rail Electrification Council

NEMA Launches Rail Electrification Council

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Steve Griffith, Industry Director, NEMA About a quarter of worldwide railroad systems are electric. In the United States, it’s less than 1 percent. Most analysts agree that long-haul transportation is more efficient and less expensive by train than by truck. The physics of steel rolling on steel is much more effective from an energy transfer perspective than that of rubber on concrete. Trains are Read more […]

The View from FERC: It’s 20/20 from Here

The View from FERC: It’s 20/20 from Here

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Neil Chatterjee, FERC Chairman The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a wide-ranging portfolio of regulatory and oversight responsibilities when it comes to wholesale electricity and natural gas markets. Just as each of us requires 20/20 vision to be productive, FERC needs sharp vision going into 2020 because our work is profoundly important to our nation. Why? Energy is what makes us Read more […]

NEMA Regulatory Update and 2020 Outlook

NEMA Regulatory Update and 2020 Outlook

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, NEMA Despite the recent departure of Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Rick Perry, DOE staff seem to have maintained their stride. The Administration continues to focus on improving regulatory proceedings, particularly in terms of transparency and fairness of analytical review. For example, after a very modest number of “no new Standard” Read more […]

From the Chairman| Raj Batra

From the Chairman| Raj Batra

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Happy New Year! I am pleased to welcome you to this issue of electroindustry devoted to “Changing Energy Markets.” The start of a new decade is a fitting time to consider how the dramatic shift in the energy market seen over the last 10 years is expected to evolve over the next 10 years. Currently, there are one million e-vehicles on the road in the U.S. By 2030,…

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NEMA Special Policy Update: Section 179D Tax Deduction Extended through December 31, 2020

NEMA Special Policy Update: Section 179D Tax Deduction Extended through December 31, 2020

Phil Squair, Vice President, Government Relations, NEMA On December 20, 2019, President Trump signed into law the Further Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2020.  This law included a provision extending the Energy Efficient Commercial Buildings Deduction originally authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPACT) through December 31, 2020.  With this extension, new installations or retrofits placed in service after December 31, 2017, through December 31, 2020, that meet the requirements Read more […]

Economic Gravity at Play in the Electric Power Industry

Economic Gravity at Play in the Electric Power Industry

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Doug Staker, Vice President of Utility Business Development, Enel X Mr. Staker is a pioneer in the world of smart grid technologies, with a focus on smart metering and intelligent energy storage. Today’s electric power industry is migrating through various elements of change. The integration of renewable power at a scale that competes with traditional generation is impressive. Endorsed by renewable Read more […]

Electrical Construction Activity Expected to Wane as Economy Slows

Electrical Construction Activity Expected to Wane as Economy Slows

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Fred Ashton, Economist, NEMA Electrical construction is a primary end market for the electrical manufacturing industry. This market is prone to booms and busts as business cycles wax and wane. The Great Recession, which centered on overleveraged housing investments, ushered in an unprecedented era of stagnant household formation and tepid demand for housing. Households struggled to unwind big bets on Read more […]

Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. The electricity sector may account for only 2 percent of U.S. GDP, but the other 98 percent of the economy depends on it virtually 100 percent of the time. Behind the electronics and electrical products that power modern life are essential—but largely out-of-sight—building infrastructure technologies. Said differently: “What’s behind your walls?” The impact these quality products have on modern Read more […]

Mexico and Brazil Considering Key Reforms

Mexico and Brazil Considering Key Reforms

This piece was originally published in the November/December 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA and Gustavo Domínguez Poo, Director, Latin America, NEMA On August 23, the Economy Secretary of Mexico announced an initiative that could result in the replacement of the country’s Federal Metrology and Standardization Law with a new Law on Quality Infrastructure (LIQ). In summary, the proposal aims to reduce the time needed to develop new Read more […]