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Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

Energy Storage Workshop Promotes Grid Technologies

This piece was originally published in the December 2016 issue of electroindustry. Gene Eckhart, Consultant, NEMA NEMA collaborated with China’s National Energy Administration (NEA), the two state-owned electric utilities (State Grid Corporation of China and China Southern Grid Corporation), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to organize a one-day workshop in Shenzhen on energy storage systems. It was supported by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency, with whom NEMA has worked Read more […]

Bulletproofing the Grid

Bulletproofing the Grid

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Petter Fiskerud, Program Manager, Power Transformer Resiliency, ABB Inc. Recent events and developing threats remind us that as essential as the grid is to national and economic security—and our very way of life—it is and always has been vulnerable. The 2013 rifle attack on a California substation that damaged 17 transformers and six circuit breakers, causing 52,000 gallons of oil to be spilled 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 […]

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

Lining Up Opportunities in Cuba for Energy Efficiency and Healthcare

This piece was originally published in the September 2016 issue of electroindustry. Jonathan Stewart, Government Relations Manager, NEMA Andrew Northup, Director, Global Affairs, MITA With policy changes thawing relations between Cuba and the United States, NEMA staff met with Cuban embassy officials and staff from the U.S. departments of Commerce and State in order to assess trade potential for NEMA/MITA members. Moving beyond initial discussions and research, Jonathan Stewart, government 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 […]

Looking for Significant Energy Savings

Looking for Significant Energy Savings

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. Alex Boesenberg, Manager, Government Relations, NEMA In 2014, the NEMA Board of Governors authorized a strategic initiative to investigate the interrelationship of energy use in the water sector and water use in the energy sector. Examples of water use in the energy sector include the obvious (e.g., hydroelectric generation) as well as the less-well known (e.g., evaporative cooling 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 […]

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Water Systems Requires New Strategies

Advancing Energy Efficiency in Water Systems Requires New Strategies

This piece was originally published in the June 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Lorraine White, Project Manager, GEI Consultants Inc. Public water supply systems are estimated to consume more than 39 billion kWh/year, or an estimated one percent of total electricity use in the U.S., to develop, transport, treat, and deliver billions of gallons of water to end users.[1] A recent NEMA study conducted by GEI Consultants Inc. and its partners, the Alliance for Read more […]

Utility Linemen: Putting Lives on the Line

Utility Linemen: Putting Lives on the Line

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry.  Julie Chavanne, Communications Director, Electrical Safety Foundation International According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, electrical power line installers and repairers are ranked as the ninth-deadliest occupation in the United States. This distinction should come as no surprise given the inherent danger of the job. Being fearless is an unwritten job requirement for utility Read more […]

Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

Smart Meters Graduate to Intelligent Sensors in Brave, New, Interconnected World

This piece was originally published in the May 2016 issue of ei, the magazine of the electroindustry. By Tim Wolf, Director of Marketing, Smart Grid Solutions, Itron Inc. Over the past decade, utilities throughout the United States have been installing smart metering networks to automate the collection of energy and water usage data. Thus far, these smart meter networks have succeeded primarily in reducing costs, increasing efficiencies, and improving customer service. They have not yet Read more […]