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Spotlight | Carolyn Hull

Spotlight | Carolyn Hull

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Carolyn Hull, Manager, MITA’s Global Regulatory Standards, has been selected as one of three winners of the USNC’s 2019 IEC Young Professionals program. She will be a representative of the United States at the IEC 2019 General Meeting in October, in Shanghai, China. Carolyn has been with MITA for just over a year. During that time, she has excelled in her grasp of the Standards development process and the Read…

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New Guide Available for Evaluating Surge Protective Devices

New Guide Available for Evaluating Surge Protective Devices

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Ann Brandstadter Manager, Standards Publications and Marketing, NEMA NEMA SPD 1.1-2019 Part 1—Surge Protective Device Specification Guide for Low Voltage Power Distribution Systems is the first in a new series intended to guide the evaluation, specification, and use of surge protective devices (SPD) deployed in low-voltage power distribution system applications. It includes SPD ratings, a specification Read more […]

NFPA to Develop Remote Inspection Standard

NFPA to Develop Remote Inspection Standard

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA I have been appointed to a new National Fire Protection Association Technical Committee that will develop a new Standard for Remote Inspections (REI-AAA). This Standard will assist jurisdictions in adopting procedures of inspections that use current technologies, increase department efficiencies, and address security for data that is gathered in the process. The Read more […]

Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Brian Marchionini, NEMA Senior Program Manager, speaks at the Power Africa Clean Energy Standards Program workshop on energy storage in South Africa in February. For the Western Hemisphere, the Administration launched the America Crece energy initiative in 2018 (“crece” is Spanish for “it grows”). Led by the Treasury Department but involving six additional agencies, the initiative promotes economic Read more […]

NEMA, ISA Announce New Building Systems Cybersecurity Program

NEMA, ISA Announce New Building Systems Cybersecurity Program

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Kirk Anderson, Industry Director, NEMA During a recent Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group meeting, representatives from the Department of Defense (DOD), International Society of Automation (ISA), and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) outlined a new program to address the growing risk of unprotected and underprotected building control systems in the U.S. and abroad. Building Read more […]

Electric Companies Demonstrate Innovative Infrastructure

Electric Companies Demonstrate Innovative Infrastructure

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Mariela Echeverria, Communications Services Manager, NEMA The Edison Electric Institute, GridWise Alliance, and National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) hosted the Grid Innovation and Infrastructure Expo on Capitol Hill recently in conjunction with the U.S. Congressional Grid Innovation Caucus, co-chaired by Rep. Jerry McNerney (D-CA) and Rep. Bob Latta (R-OH). “Innovation will be central Read more […]

BACnet Secure Connect: An IoT Twist on an Established Protocol

BACnet Secure Connect: An IoT Twist on an Established Protocol

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Scott Ziegenfus, Systems Architect, Hubbell Lighting Even though it’s not published yet, it’s possible you’ve heard something about BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC), which has sparked a significant amount of buzz in the building systems industry. The name itself triggers curiosity. Here are some questions you may be asking: How secure is it? How different is it from the BACnet we use today? Read more […]

Best Practices for Protecting Electrical Equipment in Natural Disasters

Best Practices for Protecting Electrical Equipment in Natural Disasters

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, “weather, water, and climate-related events cause an average of approximately 650 deaths and $15 billion in damage per year.”1 Chad Kennedy, Director of Industry Standards for Power Equipment, Schneider Electric In 2018 alone, there were 14 different billion-dollar disaster events in the United States. And over the past three years, Read more […]

Thermostats Know When and How to Keep You Comfortable

Thermostats Know When and How to Keep You Comfortable

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Zijun Tong, Program Manager, NEMA When it comes to modern consumer digital technologies, the first few things that come to mind might be Apple’s Siri, Amazon’s Alexa, and Google Home. People rarely think of thermostats, although they are quietly serving everyone in the background. The technology related to thermostats has evolved from manually setting a cooling or heating point with a mechanical Read more […]

NEMA Seeks Expanded Carbon Monoxide Protection in Oregon

NEMA Seeks Expanded Carbon Monoxide Protection in Oregon

This piece was originally published in the July/August 2019 issue of electroindustry. Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health, and Safety, NEMA On one afternoon in February 2019, three aviation mechanics working in a hangar in Moberly, MO, were overcome with carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning resulting from a malfunctioning heater inside the structure and rushed to the hospital. The previous month, emergency workers treated 14 people and hospitalized one from a nail salon in Fort Read more […]