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Earthquakes Call for Electrical Assessments

Earthquakes Call for Electrical Assessments

This piece was originally published as part of the “When Disaster Strikes” feature in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Earthquake! On August 24, 2014, at 3:20 a.m., I was awakened by strong shaking. As always, it came with no warning. The Napa, California, earthquake was centered about 40 miles from where I live. The 6.0 magnitude quake did upwards of $1 billion damage, left 70,000 residents without electrical power, Read more […]

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

Act Now to Modernize the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-CA) Over the past decade, we have seen a shift in our nation’s energy and electricity landscape, presenting new technology and new consumer demand challenges. Congress has yet to address these new dynamics or help build a sustainable energy future. America is now a leading producer of oil and natural gas. At the same time, there has been explosive growth of cleaner, lower Read more […]

Updating West Coast Code Adoptions

Updating West Coast Code Adoptions

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  By Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA California adopted the 2016 California Building Standards Code, also known as Title 24. It goes into effect January 1, 2017. It is based on the 2014 National Electrical Code® (NEC); building, fire and residential codes based on the 2015 International Code Council codes (I-Codes); plumbing and mechanical codes based on the 2015 Uniform Read more […]

Net Metering Rules Evolve in Solar-Rich States

Net Metering Rules Evolve in Solar-Rich States

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA The price of solar photovoltaic systems fell by more than 50 percent between 2009 and 2014, and annual solar installations in the U.S. increased by approximately 1,100 percent over the same time period.[1] This solar boom has been fueled by three primary drivers: falling equipment and installation Read more […]

Code Adoption Remains Active in West Coast Region

Code Adoption Remains Active in West Coast Region

By Mike Stone, West Coast Field Representative, NEMA Alaska, California, Hawaii, Utah, and Washington currently have code adoption activity taking place. The busiest state is California. California On December 16, 2015, the California Building Standards Commission (CBSC) voted to adopt the 2016 edition of the California building, fire, and existing building codes. On January 19–20, 2016, the CBSC was scheduled to have voted on the rest of the International Code Council (ICC) codes (I-codes), Read more […]