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Understanding the Electric Grid

Understanding the Electric Grid

Here at NEMA, we talk about the grid frequently, in the context of modernizing the U.S. electrical system and effectively implementing new and developing technologies. Central to this revolution is the rapid growth of renewable energy—including wind, solar, and hydroelectric—and the related expansion of microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation. But how does the grid work today, and what does this modernization look like? The Department of Energy developed an easy-to-understand Read more […]

Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

Grid Connectivity to Rely on EV Charging

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Charles Botsford, PE, Chemical Engineer, AeroVironment The electric grid has changed, but the change isn’t finished. With state and federal requirements to incorporate more renewable energy—primarily wind and solar—as part of our power generation mix, the grid must also incorporate a massive amount of energy storage to continue to provide stable and low-cost power. Electric vehicle (EV) charging is Read more […]

Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

Enhancing, Coordinating, and Improving Security

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH) Our nation’s energy infrastructure—and specifically our electric grid—deserves more attention in the coming year. The private sector is rapidly innovating and finding ways to update our grid and make us less vulnerable as a nation to cyberattacks. We must also protect against adverse weather and accidents that could significantly impact our economy and threaten public 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 […]

NEMA Proposes Steps to Update Electric Grid

NEMA Proposes Steps to Update Electric Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kyle Pitsor, Vice President of Government Relations, NEMA In written comments on the second installation of the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), NEMA recommended concrete steps the federal government can and should take to update the U.S. electric system from transmission and distribution to end use. The QER was launched to stimulate collaborative discussions between government and stakeholders, with Read more […]

Accelerating Grid Modernization

Accelerating Grid Modernization

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Sharon Allan, President and CEO, SGIP This decade has been marked by extreme weather incidents, and businesses across the nation have felt the impact when their power has gone out. While utility reliability on sunny days is very good across the nation, utilities are working on strategies to ensure that unanticipated weather disasters don’t cause extended outages. Grid modernization programs, where more Read more […]