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Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

Bringing Energy Storage Systems Up to Code

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jack Lyons, Northeast Field Representative, NEMA For the past three years, I have been discussing energy storage system (ESS) matters with electricians and authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs) up and down the Northeast corridor because of the growing interest in new battery technologies and their energy storage applications. Beyond the electric utility applications for ESSs, new technologies are creating Read more […]

Conveying the Importance of Minerals Accessibility

Conveying the Importance of Minerals Accessibility

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff addressed the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources on March 28 to voice the electroindustry perspective on minerals availability and the importance of minerals access for U.S. electrical and medical imaging manufacturers. In his testimony, Mr. Cosgriff emphasized the importance of policies that provide assurance to industry of stable and continuous supply Read more […]

NEMA Weighs In on RoHS LED Exemption

NEMA Weighs In on RoHS LED Exemption

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, NEMA Solid-state lighting (SSL) products, especially light-emitting diode (LED) lamps, are at the core of energy efficiency gains across all sectors of the economy. Manufacturers are at the threshold of another promising advance: quantum dot (QD) LEDs for use in retrofit lamps, LED modules, and various luminaires. QDs provide very high efficiency, Read more […]

Lithium Batteries Remain in Regulators’ Crosshairs

Lithium Batteries Remain in Regulators’ Crosshairs

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA As Congress considers legislation this year to reauthorize the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), discussions continue on the proper approach to achieving safe transportation of lithium batteries and devices containing them. Current law prevents the FAA and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA)—both within the U.S. Read more […]

Putting Safety First: A Moral Imperative

Putting Safety First: A Moral Imperative

This piece was originally published in the May 2017 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA Mark Kohorst, Senior Manager, Environment, Health & Safety, NEMA The safe and effective use of electrical and medical imaging products touches the life of every American in a significant way every day. NEMA’s guiding principles are based on this premise; they encompass standards development, counterfeiting, energy efficiency, and transparency. May, Read more […]

What’s Happening with Nuclear Power in the United States?

What’s Happening with Nuclear Power in the United States?

Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA Nuclear power has been in the news recently with the bankruptcy announcement of the Westinghouse Electricity Company threatening the limited number of nuclear reactors currently under development in the United States. This post will examine a few of the trends in the U.S. nuclear industry to help explain how we got to this point and where the industry may be heading. Snapshot of the U.S. Nuclear Industry The Read more…

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Fast-Track Energy Storage Delivers Reliability

Fast-Track Energy Storage Delivers Reliability

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. John Vernacchia, Segment Manager for Renewable Energy Solutions, Eaton Recently expedited energy storage projects in California demonstrate an ability to dispatch stored electricity quickly. It all started with the 2015 Aliso Canyon natural gas storage leak outside of Los Angeles, which emitted an estimated 109,000 metric tons of methane and took regional power plants offline. This event compelled the California Read more […]

I Am the Electroindustry

I Am the Electroindustry

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Tricia Breeger, General Manager, Electrical Distribution Division, Mitsubishi Electric Power Products Inc. The U.S. power grid is in the midst of a technology upgrade, with a focus on power generation and distribution. As one of America’s most valuable resources, its health and resiliency is in the spotlight. Several entities support the successful navigation of the challenges ahead, including NEMA. As a member Read more […]

Advancing the Use of 3D Printing in Medicine

Advancing the Use of 3D Printing in Medicine

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Lauralyn McDaniel, Medical Industry Manager, SME In the last few years, headlines have suggested that the use of additive manufacturing (AM), also known as 3D printing, in medicine is a new way to save and improve lives. The truth is, it’s not so new. Twenty years ago, anatomical models were used for planning complicated surgeries. In 2000, hearing aid cases were 3D-printed, and within a few years they Read…

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Energy Efficiency Equals Jobs for Our Future

Energy Efficiency Equals Jobs for Our Future

This piece was originally published in the April 2017 issue of electroindustry. Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) Without question, the American economy and our workforce are evolving. Technology is changing at lightning speed, and competition is becoming increasingly global. To keep up with these changes, American workers are constantly seeking new education, certifications, and opportunities to advance. For many, this evolution sometimes creates uncertainty and anxiety, but I believe it also Read more […]