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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 […]

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 […]

DC Microgrids Gain Popularity in Commercial Buildings

DC Microgrids Gain Popularity in Commercial Buildings

This piece was originally published in the March 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Robert Wills, PhD, President, Intergrid Will direct current (DC) microgrids for commercial buildings be our next billion-dollar industry? This question was discussed at NEMA’s Emerging Opportunities Forum at the NEMA Conference Center in January. DC microgrids are the most efficient way to use DC electricity from on-site power generation, such as photovoltaic (PV) and fuel-cell Read more […]