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Electrifying the World

Electrifying the World

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Tomi Motoi, GE Representative to the International Energy Agency (IEA) Economics and Investment Office The energy system drives today’s economic and social progress. According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), global energy investment in 2015 accounted for nearly 2.4 percent of global GDP. Electricity, including networks, accounted for 37 percent of this investment,[1] serving worldwide energy Read more […]

Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

Reliability and Resilience: Preventing Power Outages

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Kevin J. Cosgriff, President & CEO, NEMA On September 8, 2011, the Southwest went dark. Flights were grounded, traffic signals switched off, roads gridlocked, elevators trapped people, families fled outdoors to escape stifling indoor heat, and emergency 911 calls were rerouted as a patchwork fix. When critical generators failed, 66 nursing home residents were evacuated and seven hospital patients Read more […]

Electricity Metering Code Still Cutting Edge after Nearly 100 Years

Electricity Metering Code Still Cutting Edge after Nearly 100 Years

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Gordon Belcher, Chair, ANSI C12 SC1 Subcommittee Paul Orr, Program Manager, NEMA The history of ANSI C12.1 American National Standard for Electric Meters—Code for Electricity Metering parallels that of NEMA, its secretariat. Electrical metering standards were first developed in the U.S. by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) C12 Committee in 1910, the same year that Read more […]

Reforming the Energy Vision: New York State Is Writing the Rules for the Utility of the Future

Reforming the Energy Vision: New York State Is Writing the Rules for the Utility of the Future

This piece was originally published in the April 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA Across the United States, annual electricity growth has flattened—from 9.8 percent in the 1950s to 0.5 percent today—due in part to advances in energy efficiency and distributed renewable energy technologies and accelerated by government policies and demographic trends. Many utilities are Read more […]

Putting Sustainable Energy to Work in the Developing World

Putting Sustainable Energy to Work in the Developing World

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Robert Freling, Executive Director, Solar Electric Light Fund More than one billion people around the world do not have access to electricity. Given their remote, sparsely populated, rural locations, the majority will probably never be connected to a major power grid. Without electricity, most lack access to modern education, effective healthcare, food and water security, and economic Read more […]