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U.S. DOE Rulemakings Show Impacts on NEMA Member Companies

U.S. DOE Rulemakings Show Impacts on NEMA Member Companies

This piece was originally published in the March/April 2020 issue of electroindustry. by Alex Boesenberg, Senior Manager of Regulatory Affairs, NEMA The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an important subordinate entity within the White House Office of Management and budget (OMB), recently published1 its final report on the national impacts of significant rulemakings by Federal agencies from 2006 to 2016. Federal law mandates that OMB review any proceedings that may involve Read more […]

The View from FERC: It’s 20/20 from Here

The View from FERC: It’s 20/20 from Here

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Neil Chatterjee, FERC Chairman The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) has a wide-ranging portfolio of regulatory and oversight responsibilities when it comes to wholesale electricity and natural gas markets. Just as each of us requires 20/20 vision to be productive, FERC needs sharp vision going into 2020 because our work is profoundly important to our nation. Why? Energy is what makes us Read more […]

From the Chairman| Raj Batra

From the Chairman| Raj Batra

This piece was originally published in the January/February 2020 issue of electroindustry. Happy New Year! I am pleased to welcome you to this issue of electroindustry devoted to “Changing Energy Markets.” The start of a new decade is a fitting time to consider how the dramatic shift in the energy market seen over the last 10 years is expected to evolve over the next 10 years. Currently, there are one million e-vehicles on the road in the U.S. By 2030,…

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The Numbers Don’t Lie: Energy Use and Power Plant Emissions Attributable to Lighting Have Declined and Will Continue to do so

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Energy Use and Power Plant Emissions Attributable to Lighting Have Declined and Will Continue to do so

Clark R. Silcox, General Counsel, NEMA The Department of Energy’s recent proposal to correct a prior legal error during a lightbulb rulemaking has recently sparked a discussion about our Nation’s future progress toward reducing electricity use and a connection to power plant emissions.   A recent article republished online by Scientific American speculated that proposed energy efficiency rules for light bulbs could slow emissions reductions.   As if to highlight the potential threat from Read more […]

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 […]

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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Setting New Standards for a Transforming Industry

Setting New Standards for a Transforming Industry

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. Amy Huntington, Philips Lighting CEO, Market Group Americas Never has there been a more exciting time to be part of the lighting industry. Although we have witnessed many technological shifts, none has been quite as disruptive as the industry’s emerging digital transformation. The introduction of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) provided an efficient way to save energy, but the real value is realized when connected Read more […]

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

Keeping Our Foot on the Efficacy Accelerator

This piece was originally published in the February 2017 issue of electroindustry. James Brodrick, U.S. Department of Energy Although the impressive efficacy gains made by light-emitting diodes (LED) products over the last few years fall well short of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) ultimate targets, they’ve already surpassed the limits of conventional lighting in nearly all applications—which might prompt some people to say “good enough” and question the value of further Read more […]

Demystifying Blockchain: How It Will Grow Demand for Distributed Energy Resources

Demystifying Blockchain: How It Will Grow Demand for Distributed Energy Resources

This piece was originally published in the January 2017 issue of electroindustry. Patrick Hughes, Senior Director, Government Relations and Strategic Initiatives, NEMA You may have heard the buzz about using blockchain technology to facilitate energy transactions, especially for distributed energy resources. Unless you are a bitcoin user, however, you may not know what a blockchain is, or its relevance to the electrical system. This article should help demystify the concept of blockchain Read more […]

Pursuing Africa’s Vast Energy Potential

Pursuing Africa’s Vast Energy Potential

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Craig Updyke, Director, Trade and Commercial Affairs, NEMA The mission of Power Africa, an initiative launched by President Barack Obama in 2013 and spearheaded by the U.S. Agency for International Development, is to increase the number of people in sub-Saharan Africa who have access to electricity. More than 645 million Africans—more than twice the U.S. population—have no access to electricity, according Read more […]