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Considering USMCA and Other Trade Developments

Considering USMCA and Other Trade Developments

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As noted in “Outlook for 116th Congress” (page 16), Congress is expected in 2019 to consider the new U.S.–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA), intended as a modernization of and replacement for the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). At present, the prospects are colored by competing priorities: on one hand, demands for changes Read more […]

The Lighting Revolution That Will Not “Rollback”

The Lighting Revolution That Will Not “Rollback”

By Clark Silcox, NEMA General Counsel There is a revolution in lighting underway, and it is being led by lighting consumers, retailers, and manufacturers.  We have reached the energy savings goals for the standard light bulb sought by Congress in 2007.  The tipping point has already occurred, and there is no turning back. It is not about to be “rolled back” by government regulation as a few have mistakenly argued. Our colleagues in the energy efficiency advocacy community are asserting…

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NEMA and Western Utilities Collaborate

NEMA and Western Utilities Collaborate

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA In the Western United States, approximately 80 utilities collaborated with the Electric Utility Service Equipment Requirements Committee (EUSERC), which was formed in 1983 by the merger of two different groups in Southern and Northern California that had been active since the 1940s. There are 14 Western states that have utility members represented Read more […]

NIST Advances Grid Modernization

NIST Advances Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Brian Marchionini, PMP, Senior Program Manager, NEMA Smart grid devices, systems, and applications require extensive data exchange, necessitating well-defined interfaces to transfer and translate this data from point to point across the grid. Clarifying the communications protocol and data model performance requirements is essential to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and Read more […]

NEMA Section to Develop DC Power Capacitor Standard

NEMA Section to Develop DC Power Capacitor Standard

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Gerard Winstanley, Program Manager, NEMA The NEMA Capacitor Section is initiating a project to develop a new Standard for direct current power capacitors rated ½ kVAR and larger. The Capacitor Section is part of the Utility Products & Systems Division and covers the use of power capacitors for power factor improvement and harmonic filtering. Power capacitors are used in power generation, transmission Read more […]

NEMA Division Moves Toward Coalition of Sections

NEMA Division Moves Toward Coalition of Sections

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Industry Director, Utility Products & Systems Division, NEMA Just as the electrical power grid is developing into a system of systems with millions of interconnected parts, so, too, is the NEMA Utility Products & Systems Division moving toward an integrated coalition of product Sections. The Division is creating a Leadership Committee that reflects a movement within NEMA Read more […]

Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, and Standby Power among Topics Discussed at NEMA Moderated CES 2019 Panel

Cybersecurity, Data Privacy, and Standby Power among Topics Discussed at NEMA Moderated CES 2019 Panel

Steve Griffith, Industry Director, Transportation Division, NEMA The Internet of Things (IoT) wave was evident more than ever at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) held this month in Las Vegas where more than 4,500 exhibitors showcased their latest tech innovations. The impact of 5G across the industry was evident throughout the conference. From transportation, virtual reality, sports technology, and digital health, 5G is a game changer. How does this affect the industries into which Read more […]

NEMA Provides Insights on the Microgrid Market Opportunity

NEMA Provides Insights on the Microgrid Market Opportunity

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. In 2016, NEMA published NEMA MGRD 1-2016 Powering Microgrids for the 21st- Century Electrical System, a white paper introducing the concept of microgrids as an integral component of the power delivery system of the 21st century. Microgrids, once viewed as islanded systems of generation and load, valued mostly for their ability to disconnect from the grid and serve individual customer facilities during Read more […]

Back to the Future: The Latest Fuel Cell Revolution

Back to the Future: The Latest Fuel Cell Revolution

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Garry Golden, Futurist, Forward Elements Mr. Golden consults on issues shaping business and society in the 21st century. For years, fuel cells have been a disruptive technology that failed to meet expectations. The technology gained popularity in the late 1990s as Ballard Power stocks went up and down with the dot-com boom and bust. Since the early 2000s, fuel cells found narrow success in remote Read more […]

Transformational Technologies Reshape Grid Modernization

Transformational Technologies Reshape Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2019 issue of electroindustry. Gary Rackliffe, Vice President, Smart Grids and Grid Modernization, ABB Inc. Similar to the smart grid concept introduced by the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007), “grid modernization” is both difficult to define and subject to varying opinions. In addition to operational and information technology (OT/IT) deployment, grid modernization builds on the previous smart grid Read more […]