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The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is a federation of over 50 diverse product sections that are grouped into eight divisions. NEMA's 430 member companies manufacture products ranging from x-ray machines and CT scanners to motors and generators, lamps, luminaires, cable tray, building wire, enclosures, traffic controls, nurse call systems, batteries, residential controls, and more.
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2021-02-26
Location: Newsletter
Description:

NEMA Calls for Strategic Initiative Ideas

NEMA is soliciting input from its Members on what Strategic Initiatives for 2022 should be. The program aims to seize emerging market opportunities, solve impending challenges, and prepare for the future.

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NEWS
NEMA Rail Electrification Council Recommendations Included in Nevada State Rail Plan

The NEMA Railroad Electrification Council helped explain the benefits of electrifying rail transportation and employing railroad rights-of-way for siting electric transmission.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Future Component Remains Sky High

Although we noticed some concern about the ephemeral nature of optimism regarding business conditions, the current conditions component expanded to 64.3 in February, compared to 60 last month.

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ADVOCACY
Smart Buildings: A Key Element of Smart Energy and Climate Policy

With the enactment of the Energy Act of 2020, smart buildings are finally making their debut in U.S. clean energy and climate policy.

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NEWS
Longtime Leviton Employee Remembered

Saul Rosenbaum, a longtime Leviton Manufacturing Company employee and past NEMA engineer and code representative, passed away this month. He was 91.

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2021-02-03
Location: Newsletter
Description:

FROM THE CHAIR

Begin 2021 with Optimism

Last year undoubtedly brought many changes to our lives and habits, and how we think about energy use in the home is no exception.

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VIEW

NEMA Looks Ahead to New Administration

Election Day is over. Now, the electroindustry must take stock of the results to anticipate what might be headed our way this year and beyond. My short answer: things are looking up!

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FEATURE

Commission Order Opens U.S. Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

Investment in distributed resources has increased in recent years, and forecasters expect the trend to accelerate. Some estimates suggest the combined worldwide capacity of distributed resources will be more than 300 gigawatts by 2025.

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FEATURE

Innovative Interoperability and Security Possible for Distributed Energy Resources

As the pace of renewable energy deployments continues to grow, the importance of optimizing the interoperability and security of associated measurement and control equipment is also increasing.

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ELECTRIC NEWS

How Standards Protect the Bulk Power System

Among the many North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards, few get as much attention as those for critical infrastructure protection (CIP).

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ADVOCACY

Time Running Out on Transformer Steel Trade Investigation

Last May, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated a Section 232 investigation to determine whether imports of electrical transformers and certain components could represent a threat to national security.

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CODES & STANDARDS

New Standard Covers Specifications for Portable Lithium Batteries

American National Standard for Portable Lithium Rechargeable Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications is a new Standard that applies to portable rechargeable, or secondary, lithium cells and batteries.

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2021-01-28
Location: California
Description:

Commission Order Opens U.S. Markets to Distributed Energy Resources

Investment in distributed resources has increased in recent years, and forecasters expect the trend to accelerate.

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ADVOCACY
Time Running Out on Transformer Steel Trade Investigation

Last May, the U.S. Department of Commerce initiated a Section 232 investigation to determine whether imports of electrical transformers and certain components could represent a threat to national security.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Broad-based Optimism as Future Component Reaches All-time High

The re-imposition of some business restrictions in response to an early-January surge in COVID-19 related hospitalizations, combined with a slower-than-expected vaccine rollout, reined in the panel’s expectations, which otherwise appeared poised to charge ahead.

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ELECTRIC NEWS
How Standards Protect the Bulk Power System

Among the many North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) Standards, few get as much attention as those for critical infrastructure protection (CIP).

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FROM THE CHAIR
Begin 2021 with Optimism

Last year undoubtedly brought many changes to our lives and habits, and how we think about energy use in the home is no exception.

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
New Report Covers Surge Protection of Power Quality Monitoring Device

Power Quality Monitors: From a Transient Perspective outlines the capabilities of power quality monitoring (PQM) devices, providing end-users with information that can affect equipment’s protection when receiving transients (power surges).

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            VIEW
NEMA Looks Ahead to New Administration

Election Day is over. Now, the electroindustry must take stock of the results to anticipate what might be headed our way this year and beyond. The short answer: things are looking up!

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2021-01-05
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Learning Strategies to Thrive in a Rapidly Changing Environment

Like the rest of the working world, manufacturers are operating during a global pandemic and under the gun. Running a plant at half capacity is a logistical nightmare and brings up many questions.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current Conditions Component Remains Positive Despite Slowing Recovery Momentum

Coming in at 57.7, the current conditions component remained in expansionary territory for December. The decline from 78.1 points a month earlier was driven by a sharp increase in the share of respondents who noted unchanged conditions.

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ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT
NEMA Members Well-Positioned for Future

This latest Industrial Revolution will continue to expand manufacturing capabilities, but we will realize the next great technological leap using emerging wireless technologies like 5G.

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INTERNATIONAL
Mexico's New Normal: Law on Quality Infrastructure

The United States’ neighbor to the south, Mexico, is a key trading and manufacturing partner for NEMA Members.

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Control Systems Standard Now Aligns with Current Maintenance Practices

Instructions for the Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Motor Control Centers Rated Not More Than 600 V was revised to align with current-day maintenance best practices. ICS 2.3 adopts certain portions of the guidelines given in NEMA PB 2.1.

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TRENDS
Fixing the Leaky Energy Faucet

Today’s energy-efficient buildings rely on well-planned mechanical heating, cooling, and ventilation systems, tight and well-insulated building envelopes, and lighting with carefully controlled solid-state illumination technology.

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2020-11-30
Location: Newsletter
Description:

How 5G Will Change the Game in Manufacturing

5G connectivity will be a cornerstone in delivering highly deterministic networks for mission critical processes. As of September, there are more than 15,000 global commercial 5G deployments.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Electroindustry Optimism Increases in Both Current and Future Conditions

Following a modest stumble in October, confidence in electroindustry business conditions surged once again, reaching 78.1 in November.

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CODES & STANDARDS
NEMA Members Educate the Industry on the NEC

NEMA and its Members play a key role in educating the industry, and it is through these efforts and collective expertise that we continue to see technological and safety advancements move forward.

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ELECTRIC NEWS
Natural Disaster Response in the Next Normal

The start of the new decade held the promise of continued electroindustry prosperity, economic well-being, and unlimited potential for emerging technologies.

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FROM THE CHAIR
Innovation Is Driving Productivity

The tragedy of COVID-19, the heightened social and political turmoil, and the economic suffering for so many in our society are just a few examples of the challenges we have faced. In many ways, we are still painstakingly working through them.

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Revised Cable Standard for the Aerospace and Defense Industry Now Available

American National Standard for Aerospace and Industrial Electrical Cable contains requirements for finished aerospace and industrial electrical cables.

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VIEW
IDEA Recommits to Standards Leadership Role

As we endure a global pandemic this year, it’s more important than ever to have consistent, transparent communication.

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2020-09-30
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Reshaping Manufacturing

As the world of manufacturing gradually returns to work, it will have to contend with unprecedented changes on multiple levels that will bring with them challenges both new and amplified.

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ADVOCACY
NEMA Well-Positioned for Next Administration

NEMA has been advocating for an updated national infrastructure policy for years. The association’s seven Divisions offer products and solutions designed and manufactured to help customers operate efficiently and productively.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Bullish outlook for electroindustry as current conditions component hits record high in September

No month has fared better when compared to the previous month than September 2020 scored vis a vis August

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CODES & STANDARDS
New Motors and Generators Industry White Paper Focuses on Safety and Reliability

As efficiency regulations continue, regulators and end users should widen their focus to the value of thinking beyond efficiency alone. For instance, product safety and reliability are of equal importance over the long run.

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard for High-Voltage Power Interrupters Includes New Performance Requirements

American National Standard for AC High Voltage Power Vacuum Interrupters—Safety Requirements for X-Radiation Limits specifies the maximum permissible x-radiation emission from AC high-voltage power vacuum interrupters that are to be operated at voltages above 1,000 V and up to 38,000 V when tested following procedures described in this Standard.

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ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT
A Half-Year Into COVID-19, What Have We Learned?

As COVID-19 spread from China to Europe to the United States, manufacturers were put to the test. After years of eliminating inefficiencies to achieve low-cost, just-in-time manufacturing, companies of all types were largely unprepared for the myriad and global-scale disruptions of the pandemic.

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2020-09-29
Location: Newsletter
Description:

How to Deepen Your Industrial Digital Transformation

Digital transformation—or the widespread adoption of digital technologies to disrupt business models, create efficiencies, and enhance the customer experience — is reinventing core aspects of human existence, from homes to industry, buildings to the cloud, and beyond.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current conditions component pulls back from record-setting September, but still suggests growth

It was nearly inevitable that the current conditions component would pull back from the historic high point of 85.3 it reached last month.

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ADVOCACY
NEMA Addresses Critical Minerals Supply Chain Issue

The Federal government is monitoring potential threats to the security of our nation’s critical minerals supply chain, and with that vulnerability comes a rare opportunity for NEMA and its Members.

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CODES & STANDARDS
NEMA Offers Guidance to the NEC on Reconditioned Electrical Equipment

As the adoption of the 2020 National Electrical Code® goes through the regulatory and legislative review process, there has been clarity added to the rules related to reconditioned equipment.

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard for Electric Power Companies Now Available

American National Standard for Electric Power Systems and Equipment—Voltage Ratings (60 Hz) establishes nominal voltage ratings and operating tolerances for 60 Hz electric power systems above 100 volts.

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ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT
A Half-Year Into COVID-19, What Have We Learned?

After years of eliminating inefficiencies to achieve low-cost, just-in-time manufacturing, companies of all types were largely unprepared for the myriad and global-scale disruptions of the pandemic.

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2020-08-31
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Proactive Efforts by NEMA Help Set an Efficient Future for Buildings

The NEMA High-Performance Buildings Council’s Codes and Standards Review Committee has been deeply engaged in the past three years preparing for a successful 2021 International Energy Conservation Code revision cycle.

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ADVOCACY
NEMA, DOD Cooperate on Critical Materials

NEMA is exploring cooperation with the Department of Defense (DOD) as agency procurement officials face mandates for supply chains of products containing critical materials.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Conditions continue to improve for most of the electroindustry in August

With a majority of respondents reporting better conditions, the current component of the Electroindustry Business Confidence Index increased by more than seven points, reaching 68.4 this month.

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CODES & STANDARDS
Building Resiliency and Sustainability Through Technology

Building construction materials have evolved extensively since electricity was first introduced into buildings in the late 1800s.

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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Revised Guide for Industrial Automation Environment Now Available

NEMA and IEC Devices for Motor Service—A Guide for Understanding the Differences identifies features, conventions, characteristics, and attributes of magnetic contactors and thermal overload relays.

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ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT
Beyond Efficiency: Electrification for a Clean Energy Future in Buildings

Electrical manufacturers have consistently improved the efficiency of their products over time—in some cases dramatically. For example, annual electricity use from lighting fell 57 percent from 2001 to 2018 and has been the single largest contributor to energy efficiency gains this century.

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2020-08-26
Location: Newsletter
2020-08-05
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Nema | Volume No. 7

All Electric Buildings: Electrification in the Code

Electrification goes beyond efficiency to address the sources of the energy that we use. Through technology and innovation, NEMA and its Members continue to lead the way.

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C-SUITE
New Challenges and Opportunities for Energy Management

The pandemic has moved many of us in electrical manufacturing to an entirely remote work environment—one where we must still engage with our teams.

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ELECTROINDUSTRY
NEMA Publishes Guidance for Disinfecting Electrical Equipment

Since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, many of us have incorporated extra precautions into our daily routines to stay safe.

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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Business Conditions Indexes Remained Elevated in July

Ticking down a nearly-imperceptible 1.4 points, the current conditions component remained firmly in expansion territory at 61.1 in July.

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VIEWS
A Distributor's Role in Technology

New technologies are pushing the boundaries of the electrical industry every day. To remain a strong part of the supply chain, electrical manufacturers are exploring a range of diverse services.

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ELECTRIC NEWS
Strategic Initiatives Focus on Digitalization, Technology

The NEMA 2020 Strategic Initiatives (SI) cover topics related to digitalization and the Internet of Things, market development, resilience, and workforce development.

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2020-06-30
Location: Newsletter
Description:

eiXtra | Charging Infrastructure for Battery-Electric Buses

Charging Infrastructure for Battery-Electric Buses

With the advancement of lithium-ion battery technology, major cities and states are implementing policies or regulations to shift transit from low emissions to zero emissions.
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ADVOCACY
Mexico Builds a New Standardization Law

In March 2020, the Mexican Senate received a proposal from the government of President Andrés Manuel López Obrador for a new law on standardization and metrology.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Business Conditions Improve as Lockdowns Abate

Bearing in mind that the EBCI measures perceived changes relative to a prior time period, the current conditions component for June marked a vast improvement versus May, gaining 30 points to 62.5.
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NEMA Companies Support Transportation Innovations

NEMA companies are an integral part of the physical and technological infrastructure needed to support transportation innovations.
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CODES & STANDARDS
Public Chargers Will Alleviate EV Driver Anxieties

One of the most significant efforts to boost the electric vehicle industry is to overcome the natural anxiety EV drivers experience when they travel farther than their regular commute.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard for PVC Fittings Covers Electrical Wire and Cable

Fittings for Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Plastic Utilities Duct for Underground Installation covers fittings for polyvinyl chloride plastic utility duct used for the underground installation of communication, and electrical wire and cable.
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2020-05-29
Location: Washington DC
Description:

Lessons from a Pandemic

As the world faces the COVID-19 pandemic, innovative minds are being harnessed around the globe to find the best mitigation strategies, the most effective therapies, and the earliest possible vaccine.


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FEATURE
Challenges and Opportunities in Electrified Transportation

The energy landscape is shifting with the rise of renewables and decentralized energy, shaping a new energy era that is changing the way we think about electrification.


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ADVOCACY
Squair Serves on DOT Lithium Battery Advisory Committee

Phil Squair, NEMA Vice President, Government Relations, is a member of the federal Lithium Battery Air Safety Advisory Committee.


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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current Conditions Component Suggests Nadir Has Passed

Still deep in contractionary territory, the current conditions component for May nevertheless pointed to the likelihood that the electroindustry bottomed out in April and began clawing back toward growth this month.


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NEWS
NEMA Establishes Automotive Component Council

In December, a NEMA Automotive Component Workshop convened Member companies that provide products and systems that make up the internal components of passenger vehicles, vans, commercial and industrial trucks, and buses.


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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Revised Standard on Specifications for Portable Rechargeable Batteries Now Available

American National Standard for Portable Rechargeable Cells and Batteries—General and Specifications applies to portable rechargeable or secondary cells and batteries based on the following electrotechnical systems: nickel cadmium, nickel metal hydride, and lithium ion.


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2020-05-26
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2020-04-30
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Can Connected Lighting Provide Grid Services and Effective Illumination?

Among the many ways LED lighting is changing the definition of what lighting can do and be is by enabling the development of connected lighting systems (CLS).
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Nowhere to Go but Up? Future Component Points to Better Days

With lockdown policies fully in effect across most of the country, the current conditions component fell by more than 15 points to 15.8 in April.
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NEWS
E-labeling | Modern Solution to Display Product Information

Manufacturers face increasing challenges to ensure their products meet market-specific requirements for distribution. Basic electrical ratings are standard, but some products must also meet the marking and labeling requirements of installation codes, Federal regulations, and third-party safety Standards.
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Adapting to a Changing Lighting Landscape

Lighting industry disruption continues with light-emitting diode (LED) market penetration accelerating and domestic U.S. manufacturing base for lamps of all types shrinking. Reduced barriers to market entry and falling production costs allowed new manufacturers to join an industry that was once dominated by a few large companies.
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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Specifying Light Sources beyond Color Fidelity

For many decades, light sources have been specified by their correlated color temperature and general color rendering index. With the adoption of light-emitting diodes (LEDs) for general lighting purposes, these two specification items, alone, are insufficient to fully characterize the appearance of object colors in a lit environment.
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INTERNATIONAL
EU Green Deal Includes Climate Border Measure

The European Union (EU) adopted a Green Deal policy paper in December 2019 that commits the 27-nation bloc to use trade policy in promotion of carbon emission reductions. Overall, the EU aims to achieve full carbon neutrality by 2050 through a series of policy initiatives leading to the decoupling of economic growth from resource use, according to the document.
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NEWS
SME Resources

NEMA provides Members with resources and updates in response to COVID-19, including this report that summarizes provisions affecting small and medium-sized businesses and non-profit organizations.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
New Standard for Lighting Industry Specifies Electromagnetic Compatibility Testing and Measurement Techniques

American National Standard for Lighting Equipment—Electromagnetic Compatibility (EMC) Testing and Measurement Techniques—Radiated, Radio-Frequency Electromagnetic Field Immunity Test (ANSI C82.77-3) is a new lighting industry Standard that adopts IEC 61000-4-3, ed3.2 (2010-04) as a nationally acknowledged international Standard with deviations.
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2020-03-27
Location: Newsletter
Description:

America needs to work its way through this crisis… and it will rely on electricity to do so

There are 16 critical infrastructure sectors in the United States, according to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. While electrical equipment manufacturers are considered “Critical Manufacturing,” they also directly support every other sector by making the products needed to assure the reliable and consistent flow of electricity.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Pandemic Fallout Rattles Both Current and Future Components

The current conditions component, with a majority of panel members reporting worse conditions, shrunk to 31.3 points in March from last month’s reading of 50.
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FEATURE
The Non-Energy Benefits of Connected Lighting

Lighting controls save energy. That’s why many electric utility companies incentivize people for installing them, and, in some cases, they also incentivize manufacturers for making them. Any time a control device switches off or dims a light, it reduces energy use. Saving energy (and therefore money) is a great reason to install lighting control devices or systems.
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From the Chair | Raj Batra

From the moment we wake up until the time we switch off our bedside lamp, lighting is an integral part of many of the daily things we do.
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ADVOCACY
U.S. DOE Rulemakings Show Impacts on NEMA Member Companies

The Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), an important subordinate entity within the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB), recently published its final report on the national impacts of significant rulemakings by Federal agencies from 2006 to 2016.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Best Practices Now Included in Revised Roadway Lighting Standard on Ingress Protection

American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Ingress Protection (Resistance to Dust, Solid Objects and Moisture) for Luminaire Enclosures addresses the protection of luminaires from ingress based on the anticipated environment.
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2020-03-24
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2020-03-03
Description:

The Push for Clean Energy

Individuals, governments, and businesses are pushing to decarbonize society, and a core component of reducing carbon emissions is shifting to renewable energy for the generation of electricity.
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ADVOCACY
NEMA Promotes USMCA and
Key Tax Provision

NEMA supported passage of the trade agreement as well as legislation to accelerate the expensing of qualified improvement property.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Confidence in Future Conditions Expands Despite Potential Market Disruptions

Current conditions retreated in February but did not fall back out of expansionary territory. The 9-point slide from last month's result left the February number at 50 points.
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Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

Energy consumers collectively have more energy choices than ever before.
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INTERNATIONAL
CFE Shares Mexico Grid Project Plans

Mexico’s transition and transformation continues under President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, popularly known as AMLO, who took office in December 2018.
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NEWS
David Oldfather Selected as
IDEA President & CEO

The Industry Data Exchange Association, Inc. (IDEA) Board of Directors selected David R. Oldfather as the new IDEA President and Chief Executive Officer.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Report Discusses the Value of Grid Modernization for Customers and Utilities

This report provides opportunities for utilities and their regulators who are contemplating grid modernization investments to learn from the experience of early adopters.
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INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
EPRI Electrification 2020

Join NEMA Industry Director Steve Griffith at the Electrification 2020 International Conference & Exposition, hosted by the Electric Power Research Institute on April 9, 2020 at 1:30 pm ET for a discussion on Resiliency in an Era of Increasing Electrification.
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2020-02-20
Location: Webinar
Description:

Material Regulation Harmonization and Material Data Collection for Sustainable Electronics

Wednesday, March 4 / 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (U.S.)

iNEMI will hold an open discussion to identify key areas of concern and potential projects around two gaps identified in the iNEMI Sustainable Electronics Technical Plan: 

  • Lack of harmonization in global materials regulations impacting the electronics manufacturing supply chain
  • Inefficiency in material data collection and reporting 

These two gaps, and likely any projects to work on them, are intertwined, and a larger audience is needed to discuss these gaps.  Several activities/potential projects have been discussed, including: 

  • Review the existing and known future global materials regulations and de facto regulations and the reporting required by each, such as (but not limited to) REACH, EPEAT, “Conflict Minerals” and the various RoHS regulations around the world.  
  • Can best practices in reporting be collected or developed and then adopted by industry and/or regulators? 
  • How is data for external reporting best collected today, both internally by organizations and externally via online databases — e.g., European Chemicals Agency’s (ECHA’s) SCIP (substances of concern in products) database. 

The webinar will be led by Julio Vargas (IBM) and Kelly Scanlon (IPC) and is open to members and non-members. Advance registration is required (see link below).

Wednesday, March 4, 2020 

11:00 a.m. – noon EST (U.S.)

5:00-6:00 p.m. CET (Europe)

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2020-01-31
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Economic Gravity at Play in the Electric Power Industry

Today’s electric power industry is migrating through various elements of change. The integration of renewable power at a scale that competes with traditional generation is impressive.
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ADVOCACY
NEMA Regulatory Update and 2020 Outlook

The Administration continues to focus on improving regulatory proceedings, particularly in terms of transparency and fairness of analytical review.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Electroindustry Confidence Steady as Both Current and Future Indexes Remain Expansionary

For the fifth consecutive month the current conditions component of the EBCI topped or equaled 50 points, which signaled conditions conducive to an expanding electroindustry.
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From the Chair | Raj Batra

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.
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CODES & STANDARDS
Massachusetts on Track to Lead on NEC

It is the start of the 2020 National Electrical Code® (NEC) adoption season, and Massachusetts was on track to kick off with a January 1, 2020, adoption date.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard Identifies Performance Requirements for Electrical Energy Storage Systems

NEMA ESS 1-2019 Protocol for Uniformly Measuring and Expressing the Performance of Electrical Energy Storage Systems identifies general information and technical specifications of an energy storage system (ESS).
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PODCAST
Strategies for Protecting Electrical Equipment

NEMA Industry Director Daniel Abbate provides information and easy-to-use checklists for evaluating devices in a real-world surge environment for electrical products, sensors, and systems containing electronic components.
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2019-11-27
Location: Newsletter
Description:

GFCI Receptacles: Small Installation, Big Protection

It is important for all homeowners to understand that this type of electrical plug, or receptacle, is essential.
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ADVOCACY
NEMA Keeps Active on Capitol Hill

It was a consequential summer for NEMA and the electroindustry on Capitol Hill. NEMA has advanced legislative proposals on surface transportation, industrial efficiency, appropriations, carbon monoxide detection, and cyber modernization of the grid.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current Conditions Measure Improves as Future Reading Slips
in November

After two months of straddling the line between signaling growth or slowdown, the EBCI current conditions component moved firmly into growth territory with a nearly 9 point increase from last month’s score to 58.8.
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From the Chair | Raj Batra

Unless a washing machine is zapped or an overhead light fizzles out, most people don’t notice the electrical infrastructure at home or work that powers and enables their modern lives.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
New Standard Covers Electric Vehicle Charging Through Networks

EV Charging Network Interoperability Standard—A Contactless RFID Credential for Authentication (UR Interface) addresses the credentials part of a complex standardization system allowing electrical vehicle (EV) drivers to recharge their vehicle batteries across different EV charging networks.
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BOOK-A-SPEAKER
Need a Speaker?

NEMA Industry Director Utility Products and Systems Jonathan Stewart can discuss grid modernization, workforce development, Standards and conformity assessment. Contact book-a-speaker@nema.org or visit www.nema.org/book-a-speaker.
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2019-10-31
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Practice Good Cyber Hygiene Habits

The Internet of Things is growing rapidly. By 2020 there will be nearly 30 billion IoT devices around the world. The proliferation of these devices could pose a threat to the internet at large if companies have not taken appropriate cybersecurity measures to protect these devices.


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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Muhammad Ali Earns Top SES Award

The Society for Standards Professionals presented its Emerging Professional Award to Muhammad Ali, AStd, Technical Program Manager for the NEMA Building Infrastructure Division.


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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Future Conditions Component Moves into Expansionary Territory as Current Measure Holds Steady

The current conditions reading held steady at 50 this month, equaling September’s index value and once again teetering on the line indicating expansion.


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Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

At NEMA, our primary function is to develop Standards that help manufacturers and their customers readily adopt technologies while assuring safety, efficiency, reliability,
and usability and anticipating future technology evolution.


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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Medical Device Servicing Requires Oversight

Medical imaging devices allow healthcare providers to observe and analyze the anatomy and physiological functioning of patients without invasive surgery.


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INTERNATIONAL
Energy-Efficiency Regulations to Be Harmonized Under USMCA

As part of the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, federal agencies will seek to harmonize their energy conservation Standards and test procedures for regulated products.


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PODCAST
Highlights from Cable Tray Installation Guidelines

NEMA Industry Director Daniel Abbate provides a brief overview of the NEMA publication Cable Tray Installation Guidelines VE-2. The main sections of this guide are highlighted and include storage, installation, maintenance,
and type descriptions for cable trays.


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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
New Lighting Standard Specifies Requirements for Communications Devices Supported by Digital Interface

ANSI C137.4-2019 American National Standard for Lighting Systems—Digital Interface with Auxiliary Power specifies the minimum requirements for devices such as drivers, controls, sensors, and communication devices that support a digital interface between devices.


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2019-10-02
Location: Newsletter
Description:

How Smart Technology Is Transforming the Industrial World

Whether you call it Industry 4.0, the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), or Smart Manufacturing, the power of technology is being felt throughout the industrial world and fundamentally changing value chains and production methods.
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ADVOCACY
RoHS Exemptions: Buying Time
for Innovation

Manufacturers compete. Manufacturers innovate. And, generally speaking, manufacturers are constrained in these efforts by Standards, rules, and regulations.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Index Values Improve in September but Remain Weak

The current conditions component crept up to growth territory this month, bouncing back from August’s 41.2 to reach an index value of 50 in September.
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From the Chairman | Mark J. Gliebe

IIoT affects nearly every business—either by adding new functionality to products or by improving the processes for manufacturing and delivery. And in the IIoT era, the physical product isn’t the only deliverable for your business.
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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Griffith Appointed to IEC CMC

NEMA Industry Director Steve Griffith was recently appointed as a U.S. Member of the IEC Certification Management Committee Working Group 31 “Cyber Security” and Working Group 32 “Functional Safety” for the IEC System of Conformity Assessment Schemes for Electrotechnical Equipment and Components.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard for Magnet Wire Industry Tests “Softness of the Conductor”

Conductor Softness Testing Methods covers industrial products and systems industries that use magnet wire. It presents wire testing methodologies used by magnet wire manufacturers and users to characterize the “softness of the conductor” in order to predict how well the magnet wire will wind and be formed into its final, desired shape and position.
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PODCAST
Field Testing of High Voltage MOV Surge Arresters

Steve Brewer of the NEMA Surge Arresters Section discusses why testing surge arresters is essential for keeping the electrical grid operating efficiently.
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BOOK-A-SPEAKER
Need a Speaker?

Kirk Anderson, NEMA Industry Director of Industrial Systems, can address motor energy efficiency. NEMA Field Representative Bryan Holland will participate in a panel discussion about 2020 NEC changes on October 7 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Donald R. Leavens, NEMA Vice President and Chief Economist, can discuss forecasts and analyses of key macroeconomic variables. Jonathan Stewart, Industry Director, Utility Products and Systems, NEMA, can discuss grid modernization, workforce development, Standards and conformity assessment. Karen Willis, Industry Director, NEMA Lighting Systems Division, will participate in a panel discussion on the changes and challenges in the lighting industry on October 3 at the CEE 2019 Industry Partners Meeting in Fort Worth, Texas. Contact book-a-speaker@nema.org or visit www.nema.org/book-a-speaker.

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2019-09-23
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Energy-Efficiency Regulations to Be Harmonized Under USMCA

As part of the new trade agreement between the United States, Mexico, and Canada, federal agencies will seek to harmonize their energy conservation Standards and test procedures for regulated products. With the goals of increasing energy efficiency and facilitating market access, the three national regulators are to endeavor to harmonize mandatory regulations over the first nine years of the new agreement and promote open and transparent voluntary initiatives.The United States–Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), signed November 30, 2018, builds on, modernizes, and is meant to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Annex 12-D of Chapter 12 of USMCA commits the governments to seek to harmonize mandatory energy-efficiency Standards and test procedures and to ensure voluntary initiatives, such as the U.S. government’s ENERGY STAR® program, do not create trade barriers.Specifically, for products that all three countries already regulate for energy conservation, the governments will try to harmonize the test procedures for those products during the first eight years of the USMCA. Similarly, the regulators will seek to harmonize the applicable energy performance Standards within nine years. In addition, when developing or modifying energy performance Standards or test procedures for a product, each regulator must give consideration to Standards and test procedures already in place in the partner countries, including industry Standards. While encouraging the use of voluntary programs and mechanisms, the agreement specifies such arrangements should be “open, transparent, and designed in a manner that maximizes benefits to consumers and environmental benefits, and avoids the creation of unnecessary barriers to trade.”Finally, the annex also commits the three countries to facilitate and promote trade and investment in “clean technologies.”USMCA also contains a separate chapter on environmental issues, including but not limited to cooperation on air quality, litter, and wildlife protection, as well as enforcement of national laws. The original NAFTA does not contain any commitments on environmental issues, but in conjunction with the trade agreement the three countries created in 1994 a separate North American Agreement on Environmental Cooperation. In contrast, USMCA commitments on environmental protection, contained in Chapter 24, are fully part of the trade agreement and enforceable. Mexico’s Congress ratified USMCA on June 19. The U.S. Congress and the Canadian Parliament are expected to act on USMCA legislation as early as September. When USMCA enters into force, Mexico’s Economy Secretary will be responsible for implementation, in coordination with partner federal agencies including the National Commission for the Efficient Use of Energy (CONUEE). In the meantime, NEMA Mexico is participating in the development of mandatory energy-efficiency regulations under development in several CONUEE technical working groups, including for electric motors and lighting products, in order to promote harmonization with U.S. and NEMA specifications.

https://www.nema.org/news/EI%20PDF/EI_SeptOct19.pdf

 

2019-09-19
Location: Newsletter
2019-08-29
Location: Newsletter
Description:

August 29, 2019 | Volume No 8                                                                                     

An IoT Twist on an Established Protocol

Even though it’s not published yet, it’s possible you’ve heard something about BACnet Secure Connect (BACnet/SC), which has sparked a significant amount of buzz in the building systems industry.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current and Future Conditions Components Contract in August

The nearly 12 point decline in the current conditions component, which now stands at 41.2 for August, was largely driven by a drop in the share of respondents that reported better conditions, coupled with an increase of similar magnitude in the proportion that noted unchanged conditions.
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ELECTROINDUSTRY
NEMA, ISA Announce New Building Systems Cybersecurity Program

During a recent Industrial Control Systems Joint Working Group meeting, representatives from the Department of Defense, International Society of Automation, and National Electrical Manufacturers Association outlined a new program to address the growing risk of unprotected and underprotected building control systems in the U.S. and abroad.
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Endnotes from the President | Kevin J. Cosgriff

Chances are you are reading this indoors. We spend almost our entire lives in buildings. Whether at home at work, learning in school, or recuperating at a hospital, buildings are integral to our lives.
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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Regional Energy Initiatives Multiply

For the Western Hemisphere, the Administration launched the America Crece energy initiative in 2018 (“crece” is Spanish for “it grows”). Led by the Treasury Department but involving six additional agencies, the initiative promotes economic prosperity through energy growth, integration, and security.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Revised Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Now Available

American National Standard for Solid-State Light Sources Used in Roadway and Area Lighting defines the interchangeability of and some requirements for solid-state lighting (SSL) source fixtures, also referred to as luminaires or LED (light-emitting diode) fixtures.
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[LIVE] WEBINAR
DC Microgrids in Buildings

Join us on September 17 at 1:00 pm EST during the next IotNOW webinar on opportunities and challenges when implementing DC microgrids in buildings.
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Last Chance for Early Bird Price for NEMA Annual Meeting
The early bird rate for the NEMA Annual Meeting ends on August 31. This is your last chance to save $100 off your registration, secure your seat today.
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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Spotlight | Carolyn Hull

Carolyn Hull, Manager, MITA’s Global Regulatory Standards, has been selected as one of three winners of the USNC's 2019 IEC Young Professionals program. She will be a representative of the United States at the IEC 2019 General Meeting in October, in Shanghai, China.
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2019-08-01
Location: Newsletter
Description:

Try the 3-30-300 Rule as a Workplace Strategy

 

For building systems, the rule — $3 for utilities, $30 for rent, and $300 for employee costs (salaries, benefits, etc.) — puts into perspective how an organization typically distributes its occupancy costs.


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ADVOCACY
NEMA Seeks Expanded Carbon Monoxide Protection in Oregon

Minimizing the risk of CO exposure in private and public areas is a priority for the NEMA Fire, Life Safety, Security, and Emergency Communication Section.


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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current Conditions Component Rebounds in July, Future Measure Still Underwater

As one commenter noted, with "no real explanation" readily available for the better than expected business conditions reported by the EBCI panel, the current conditions component leapt by more than 18 points from last month's level to move back into expansion territory at 52.8 points in July.


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From the Chairman | Mark J. Gliebe

Buildings are like small cities. They are the infrastructure of our economy and include multiple and varied subsystems that serve to support the people who live, work, and visit them.


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NEWS
Thermostats Know When and How to Keep You Comfortable

A thermostat that is smart and connected can monitor and learn from your daily routine and help reduce energy consumption.


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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Wire and Cable Standard Covers Uninsulated Conductors Used in Electrical Applications

American National Standard for Uninsulated Conductors—Used in Electrical and Electronic Applications covers single-end (solid) and stranded, coated and uncoated copper, coated copper alloy, coated copper-clad steel, aluminum, and thermocouple extension uninsulated conductors used primarily in insulated wires for aerospace, electrical, electronic and other high-performance applications.


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The new IDEA Connector is coming soon!

Visit the IDEA web site to find out about all the new features that will be incorporated into the platform.


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November 6-7, 2019
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BOOK-A-SPEAKER
Need a speaker?

Steve Griffith, Industry Director, NEMA Transportation Systems, can discuss transportation systems, cybersecurity, and emerging technologies. Patrick Hope, Executive Director of MITA, gave the keynote address, "Ensuring the Cybersecurity of Medical Imaging Equipment," at the Association for Medical Imaging Management Annual Meeting July 24 in Denver. NEMA Field Representative Bryan Holland delivered the keynote address at the International Association of Electrical Inspectors Suncoast Division Seminar on July 27 in Tampa. Contact book-a-speaker@nema.org or visit www.nema.org/book-a-speaker.


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2019-07-17
Location: Magazine
2019-07-02
Location: Newsletter
Description:

A Lifesaving Application for Drones

One day soon, unmanned aircraft systems (UAS, commonly called drones) may be able to deliver pizzas and packages to our doorsteps. But some in the UAS industry are using UAS to deliver even more essential cargo—lifesaving medical devices.


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ADVOCACY
Infrastructure & Resilience

NEMA recently issued a White Paper titled, "Electrifying Our Future: Building America’s 21st Century Infrastructure," which lays out the industry's infrastructure recommendations.


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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current Conditions Component Pulls Back in June

The nearly 16 point drop from the prior month reflected a complex mix of responses ranging from concern over the negative effects of ongoing tariff-related actions, to the salutary impact of those same trade moves, to continued or even increased strength in the market.


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ENDNOTES FROM THE PRESIDENT |
NEMA Helps Drive Transportation Innovation

Advancements in electric vehicles are taking off. Manufacturers are producing vehicles in larger numbers, and the cost of their batteries is quickly going down. Meanwhile, population growth, traffic congestion, and the need for infrastructure fixes will motivate the manufacturing of smarter infrastructure systems and devices.


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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Case Study | Port of Long Beach at Epicenter of Seaport Electrification

The Port of Long Beach is the second-busiest container port in the United States and often at the epicenter of electrification discussions in the U.S.


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ELECTROINDUSTRY
The AMLO Approach to Infrastructure

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador, known as AMLO, is moving ahead with a $6.5 billion, 900-mile railroad project in the Yucatan peninsula to link towns, cities, and tourist attractions.


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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Connected Transportation Sparks EV Adoption

On today's roads, good things are moving fast and multi-directionally. A spark anywhere triggers others in expected and unexpected places. Tesla ignited the current electric vehicle (EV) spark in 2008 with its Roadster, which in turn enabled subsequent models.


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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard for Traffic Messaging Now Available

Hardware Standards for Dynamic Message Signs (DMS) with NTCIP Requirements provides the user with safe, dependable, functional, and easily maintained dynamic message sign equipment.


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NEMA President Kevin Cosgriff gave the keynote address recently at the Testing, Inspection, and Certification (TIC) General Assembly, “Climate Impact – Preparing for Change.” The summit was held in Brussels, Belgium, in June. The TIC Council brings together a total of about 90 member companies and organizations active in more than 160 countries, spanning every continent. The TIC industry represents one million employees across the world with annual sales of approximately $200 billion.

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2019-06-17
Location: Magazine
2019-03-29
Location: Newsletter
Description:

What’s Next for LED Lighting?

Today we are undergoing another major lighting revolution, similar in scale, thanks to LED technology. LED lighting not only saves energy but also expands the frontiers of lighting in new directions to create whole new value propositions.
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From the Chairman | Mark Gliebe - Quality of Light

The notion of quality can be elusive. In the manufacturing world, quality typically connotes a degree of excellence or a measurable standard by which we compare like items.
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BUSINESS ANALYTICS
Current Conditions Continued to Improve in March, According to Electroindustry Panel

Despite a slight drop, from 55.9 last month to 53.3 in March, the current conditions component remained in expansionary territory.
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ELECTROINDUSTRY
Lighting Control for Lighting Quality

According to a study by the DesignLights Consortium, networked lighting controls can reduce energy consumption by an average of 47 percent.
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NEWS
EMC Standards Advance Under USNC TAG

Work continues to move forward in international electromagnetic compatibility lighting Standards after numerous updates were added last year.
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STANDARDS SPOTLIGHT
Standard for Interchange of Enclosed Pendant-Mounted Luminaires

American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Enclosed Pendant Mounted Luminaires covers dimensional, maintenance, and light distribution features that permit the interchange of enclosed pendant-mounted luminaires whose center mass is directly below the mounting bracket.
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PODCAST
Washington Watch: Outlook for 116th Congress

How is a two-party federal legislature affecting NEMA Members? New Vice President of Government Relations Phil Squair discusses areas of concern to NEMA including climate change and infrastructure.
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Muhammad Ali, NEMA Program Manager, can explain Standards and conformity assessment. Lisa Spellman, DICOM General Secretary, MITA, can explain Benefits of standards adoption, Standards development processes; Standards training, education planning and delivery; Digital Imaging Communications in Medicine. Kirk Anderson, NEMA industry director of industrial systems, can address motor energy efficiency. Brian Marchionini, PMP, Senior Program Manager, NEMA, can explain Grid modernization, microgrids, resilience, and cybersecurity. Contact book-a-speaker@nema.org or visit www.nema.org/book-a-speaker..
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2018-11-08
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2018-01-31
Description:

“External Power Supply Improvement Act” is New Law in U.S.A.

On Friday, January 12, 2018, President Trump signed into law the External Power Supply Improvement Act (EPS), H.R. 518/S. 226. Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) lighting division commended the authors and co-sponsors who led the effort to pass this bill.

“When Congress first directed the Department of Energy to set standards for external power supplies, certain lighting technologies had not been developed,” said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff. “The dynamic innovation within the lighting industry resulted in widespread adoption of light emitting diodes (LED) and organic light emitting diodes (OLED), which were originally categorized as external power supplies.

“With subsequent development of LED and OLED technology and its rising popularity for previously unanticipated uses, the standards now need to incorporate the latest lighting technology,” Cosgriff continued.

According to Cosgriff; “Having LED drivers available in the marketplace allows for the transition to more energy efficient lighting, decreasing energy use and cost for consumers. Additionally, investment in solid-state lighting technology is significant and growing.

“The legislation removes regulatory uncertainty regarding current federal regulations impacting solid state lighting drivers which could have dampened further investments and limit consumer choice,” concluded Cosgriff.

The legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Charlie Dent (R-PA); and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

The bill clarifies the statutory definition of “external power supplies” set forth in the EPS Act of 2005 and amends the conditions under which the Department of Energy could undertake rulemaking in the future.

 

2018-01-25
Location: Sadn Diego, Ca
Description:

2019 iNEMI Roadmap PEG Workshop & TWG Kick-off 
at APEX EXPO 2018 / February 25 & 26 
San Diego Convention Center / Room 5B
San Diego, California USA


This two-day workshop formally kicks off work on the Technology Working Group (TWG) chapters for the 2019 iNEMI Roadmap.

The first day (Sunday, February 25, 1:30-5:00 p.m.) will review information and input from the seven Product Emulator Groups (PEGs). The second day (Monday, February 26, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.) will include working sessions for the TWGs to begin outlining their respective chapters and defining topics to be covered.

If you’d like to get involved in the 2019 iNEMI Roadmap, plan to join us at APEX.

Additional Information
For additional information, including agenda and registration, click on the button below. If you have any questions, please contact Linda Wilson, Roadmap Manager.

2018-01-18
Location: Herndon, VA
Description:

FROM MY DESK

Happy New Year! I am glad to say that we have engaged all roadmap teams now for the 2019 Roadmap cycle, with a productive TWG organizing meeting January 8. All teams on the call gave perspectives on their 2019 Roadmap plans, the work ahead to develop their roadmaps, and how best to engage with each other and in networks throughout the industry. As we ramp up our teams and work, I plan to ensure that the iNEMI roadmap process is an integrated and interconnected effort among the various technologies and teams.

Linda Wilson, iNEMI Roadmap Manager

PEGs & TWGs

Team Ramp-Up Underway

All Product Emulator Group (PEG) and Technology Working Group (TWG) teams now have materials for starting their 2019 Roadmap work with their teams. As part of the January 8 TWG organizing WebEx, we reviewed the tasks at hand and, prior to the call, sent pre-formatted chapter templates for the 2019 TWG chapters, previous 2017 TWG chapters in Word, plus the 2017 iNEMI Roadmap Executive Summary to the TWG chairs and co-chairs. PEG teams received their materials in October 2017. iNEMI is providing other aspects of team support, such as file share areas and marketing for team recruitment, especially for PEG and TWG chairs to lead these teams:

1. Consumer & Office Systems PEG (Chair & Co-Chair)
2. Portable & Wireless PEG (Chair & Co-Chair)
3. Automotive PEG (Chair & Co-chair)
4. IoT & Wearables PEG (Chair)
5. RF Components & Subsystems TWG (Chair & Co-Chair)

If you’re interested in getting involved in a PEG or TWG — either as a chair/co-chair or as a contributor — please contact me, Linda Wilson.

A New Topic for 2019 Roadmap – Smart Manufacturing

We are also continuing to develop a new roadmap topic area—smart manufacturing. We are meeting with industry experts interested in leading a team and working with other iNEMI roadmap teams to best scope the topics to be addressed in the 2019 Roadmap. Aspects of “smart” manufacturing include, for example, IoT, data management, and digital plant lifecycle management (DPLM), as well as concepts of Industry 4.0 and smart factories.

Our task will be to identify the missing attributes for smart manufacturing for a variety of items not covered by existing roadmap teams to minimize overlaps yet satisfy gaps in content with other PEGs or TWGs. Whether we form a new PEG or a new TWG, or combine the topic of smart manufacturing with an existing team will be decided soon.

Coming Soon: Prismark Industry Analysis Report

The industry analysis report provided through Prismark Partners will be released as an early draft in February. This report will provide background information for the final PEG emulator spreadsheet updates and the resulting work by the TWGs. The PEG teams have reviewed their key attributes for this cycle and, to date, no major changes have been suggested for the emulator spreadsheet. We will continue to update as we receive new insight from this industry analysis.

Be a Part of the Effort

Interested in being a roadmap PEG or TWG team member (or chair)? You do not need to be an iNEMI member to participate in the roadmap. Participation is open to all subject matter experts that have the expertise and are willing to commit a couple of hours a month to develop content with other team members, attend our roadmap webinars, and volunteer to write or review the team reports.

The 2019 Roadmap is currently organized into 28 groups, representing the individual roadmap chapters: seven PEGs, which cover product sectors, and 21 TWGs, which cover technology and business/infrastructure areas. See a list of current PEGs and TWGs, as well as the roles and requirements for roadmap team participants.

Upcoming Events

Join Us — PEG Workshop/TWG Kick-Off at APEX (February 25 & 26; San Diego, California)

We will kick off TWG activities with a meeting held in conjunction with APEX EXPO 2018 on Sunday, February 25 (1:30-5:00 p.m. PST) and Monday, February 26 (8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. PST). Meetings will be held in room 5B of the San Diego Convention Center.

This meeting formally starts the work of TWG chapter planning. Day 1 will include a set of PEG presentations to provide information about existing and new product sector needs over the next 10 years. Day 2 will focus on TWG activities and include working break-out sessions. See agenda.

All PEG and TWG team members are strongly encouraged to attend and represent their teams. If a chair or co-chair cannot attend in person, please plan to send a delegate on your team’s behalf, or to call in through WebEx. Presentation templates, additional meeting details and materials to be reviewed in advance will be distributed soon. Registration is now open for this event.

WebEx access will be provided for those unable to attend in person. Please contact Linda Wilson for details.

Mark Your Calendar

TWG Kick-Off & PEG Workshop at APEX (February 25 & 26; San Diego, California)

Roadmap workshop/US at ECTC (May 28; San Diego, California)

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2018-01-12
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Electroindustry Welcomes Enactment of the External Power Supply Improvement Act

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​​​New law incorporates latest lighting technologies

ROSSLYN, Va., January 12, 2018 —Today, President Trump signed into law the External Power Supply Improvement Act (EPS), H.R. 518/S. 226. Members of the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) lighting division commend the authors and co-sponsors who led the effort to pass this bill.

The legislation was introduced in the House by Reps. Diana DeGette (D-CO), Brett Guthrie (R-KY), Doris Matsui (D-CA), and Charlie Dent (R-PA); and in the Senate by Sens. Rob Portman (R-OH), Maria Cantwell (D-WA) and Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

"When Congress first directed the Department of Energy to set standards for external power supplies, certain lighting technologies had not been developed," said NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff. "The dynamic innovation within the lighting industry resulted in widespread adoption of light emitting diodes (LED) and organic light emitting diodes (OLED), which were originally categorized as external power supplies. With subsequent development of LED and OLED technology and its rising popularity for previously unanticipated uses, the standards now need to incorporate the latest lighting technology."

According to Cosgriff, having LED drivers available in the marketplace allows for the transition to more energy efficient lighting, decreasing energy use and cost for consumers. Additionally, investment in solid-state lighting technology is significant and growing.  The legislation removes regulatory uncertainty regarding current federal regulations impacting solid state lighting drivers which could have dampened further investments and limit consumer choice.  

The bill clarifies the statutory definition of "external power supplies" set forth in the EPS Act of 2005 and amends the conditions under which the Department of Energy could undertake rulemaking in the future. 

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2016-10-03
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Driven by Uncertain Monetary Policy and Political Climate, Current Conditions Index Drops below 50
That NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) scoring has dropped below 50 suggests that current conditions are no longer conducive for expansion in the electrical manufacturing sector. [ read more ]

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2016-05-02
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eiXtra | The Newsletter of Electrical Equipment and Medical Imaging Manufacturers

May 2, 2016

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NEMA Reaffirms Continuity of Coating Testing for Electrical Conductors Standard

NEMA Reaffirms Continuity of Coating Testing for Electrical Conductors Standard
This standard reviews problems that have occurred when polysulfide testing has been improperly imposed on tin-, silver-, and nickel-coated copper and copper-alloy stranded conductors or on tin-, silver-, or nickel-coated copper and copper-alloy single or stranded conductors after insulating. [ read more ]

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Current Business Conditions Downshift to Neutral in April

Current Business Conditions Downshift to Neutral in April
NEMA's Electroindustry Business Conditions Index continued its recent volatile behavior, dropping to a neutral 50 points in April after surging to 64.7 in March from 44.4 in February. [ read more ]

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2015-11-02
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New information paradigm: The renewable energy age

 
 

Technology solutions to support renewable energy integration are already available, but challenges to widespread global deployment remain.

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To develop a successful national strategy on power sector transformation, policymakers must anticipate the effects this transformation will have on economic development, energy security and the environment -- ensuring data collection and energy planning tools are in place, examine existing flexibility options, and secure human capacity to develop and adapt technologies to local conditions. That is according to "The Age of Renewable Power," a report from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA).

"There is enormous growth potential for solar photovoltaics and wind power in almost all countries, but we are still at a relatively early stage in global deployment" said IRENA Director-General Adnan Z. Amin. "The development of national roadmaps for power sector transformation can ensure that measures are adapted to local conditions, stakeholders are aligned at an early stage, and ambitious renewable energy targets are realized."

Stakeholder engagement, like that of utilities, is critical in the development of national roadmaps. Utilities are a central stakeholder in the power sector with vast experience in managing generation assets and power flows, and dealing with sudden events. However, the power sector transformation will attract new stakeholders, and the role of existing stakeholders will change.

The need for more distributed control systems will also introduce a new information paradigm, according to the report, with impacts on data processing capabilities, data sharing, privacy laws, communication protocols, and data security measures.

The report is part of IRENA's support to the G20 commitment to renewable energy, and supports the Ministers of the Clean Energy Ministerial, who announced their intent to establish national roadmaps to achieve a power system transformation last week at the G20 Energy Ministers Meeting in Istanbul. Participants endorsed an 11-point Communiqué, including the adoption of a renewable energy toolkit, which provides options for G20 countries to take a long-term, integrated and sustainable approach to enhanced deployment of renewable energy. This is the first time renewable energy is on the G20 agenda.

"The G20 countries hold 75 percent of total global deployment potential and 70 percent of total global investment potential for renewable energy between now and 2030," said Amin. "With this tremendous market opportunity before them, concerted and coordinated action undertaken by G20 countries to advance renewable energy can really move the needle on global deployment as we transition to a clean energy future."

In addition to the focus given to renewable energy in the Communiqué, ministers also placed high importance on energy access, international cooperation, market transparency, energy security, energy efficiency, clean energy innovation and climate change.

Emphasizing that there is no one-size-fits-all solution for embracing renewables, and that policy frameworks should be customized to align with domestic context and national sustainable development priorities, the toolkit adopted by the G20 has five focus areas:  driving down technology costs; exchanging good practices on enabling policy frameworks and power system integration; mobilizing finance through risk mitigation; technology potentials and roadmaps; and accelerating the deployment of modern bioenergy.

"Renewable energy has made incredible progress in recent years and there is no doubt of its potential for long-term growth and ability to contribute to a path of sustainable development," said H.E. Ali Rıza Alaboyun, Minister of Energy and Natural Resources of Turkey. "We welcome the adoption of the renewable energy toolkit as it is in line with the Turkish G20 Presidency's 'three I' priorities of inclusiveness, investment for growth and implementation."

Already hosting 80 percent of existing renewable power generation capacity around the world, G20 countries will be the main drivers for the power sector in the next decade. In this respect, G20 countries are well-placed to develop and deploy good planning practices to accommodate higher shares of variable renewables and develop possible options for power-sector planning. This requires incorporating the full suite of flexibility options -- including demand side management, smart grid technologies, electricity storage and the use of other fuels -- in order to seamlessly, and at least cost, integrate higher shares of variable renewable electricity into the system and fill the gaps caused by output variability.

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2015-07-07
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Energy Department Invests $600,000 in University-Industry Partnerships to Enhance Building Efficiency

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07/1/2015 2:00PM


​ The Energy Department today announced $600,000 in funding to help American universities to establish stronger partnerships with industry and business in the area of building efficiency, supporting the Obama Administration’s goal of doubling energy productivity by 2030 and developing the nation’s clean energy workforce.

A recent study by the National Research Council found that increasing the competitiveness of American universities in building energy efficiency research and development is of great importance, and that universities need to develop stronger partnerships with business and industry in this area. In addition, the Society of Manufacturing Engineers has emphasized the need for expanding manufacturing education at all levels, including undergraduate and graduate students.

The selections for the Building University Innovators and Leaders Development (BUILD) awards support efforts by American universities to more effectively compete for building energy efficiency research and development funding, develop partnerships with industry, and improve manufacturing education. Each selected project will receive $200,000 in funding; more than 50% of expenditures in each project will be used to support undergraduate students.

The projects selected for award negotiations are:
  • Drexel University (Philadelphia, Pennsylvania): The Drexel University project will develop an innovative and cost-effective automated fault detection and diagnostics tool that integrates statistical process control, machine learning, and rule-based methods to reduce building energy consumption. To enhance the tool’s plug-and-play capability and potential market penetration, it will be compatible with VOLTTRON, an open-source software platform that is highly interoperable.
  • Georgia Institute of Technology (Atlanta, Georgia): Georgia Tech will support 20 student project teams in developing building energy efficiency technologies through a capstone design project. Students will gain hands-on product design experience, including the manufacturing and testing of a prototype solution, as well as publically demonstrating the solution at the Capstone Design Expo. Student teams partner with company sponsors, which will foster student employment in the building energy efficiency sector.
  • University of California, Davis (Davis, California): University of California, Davis will have undergraduate students work with industry partners to develop and validate a new EnergyPlus solution to model hybrid rooftop air conditioners. This model will integrate the function of multiple cooling elements to gain climate-specific advantages in comfort and efficiency.
The Energy Department's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) accelerates development and facilitates deployment of energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies and market-based solutions that strengthen U.S. energy security, environmental quality, and economic vitality. EERE supports innovative technologies that reduce both risk and costs of bringing energy efficient building technologies online. Learn more about the Department's efforts to help homes and buildings save energy.

 

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NEMA Publishes MW 1000-2015 Magnet Wire Standard

NEMA Publishes MW 1000-2015 Magnet Wire Standard
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National Electric Safety Code® Summit: Past, Present and Future

National Electric Safety
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This inaugural event will set the stage for users to convene and examine the issues that impact the National Electrical Safety Code®. [ read more ]

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Complimentary Economic Outlook Webcast for 2015 Construction Data

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IBM Launches Major Internet Of Things Offensive

IBM Launches Major Internet
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Instead of an Internet of connected computers, it's an Internet of connected devices (or things) broadcasting loads of data about the devices.
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2015-03-17
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NEMA Motor & Generator Section Announces Motor Efficiency Regulation Webinars

03/12/2015 9:00AM


​The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) Motor & Generator Section will host a series of webinars in April related to the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) motor regulation, which takes effect on June 1, 2016.

DOE recently amended Section 431 of the federal energy code covering the efficiency of electric motors. The NEMA Motor & Generator Section created a presentation detailing how coverage of electric motors will change in the new regulation. The section’s Energy Management Committee Chairman Rob Boteler and Immediate Past Chairman John Malinowski have teamed up—with input from other section members and NEMA staff—to explain the impact of this amendment to end users and OEMs in the U.S.

The amendment will affect most motors from one to 500 horsepower sold in the U.S. The regulation has passed all necessary process points within DOE and will go into effect with no additional modification or change. The amendment offers clearer product descriptions and definitions, which make it easier to enforce DOE regulation.

Individuals and organizations may register at no cost. If you would like to schedule a specific webinar date, contact William Hoyt, NEMA industry director, at 703-841-3211 or bill.hoyt@nema.org.

Currently scheduled webinars:
April 16, 2 p.m. EST
April 20, 10 a.m. EST

Registration information is forthcoming.
 

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2014-12-02
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Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP)

Today's political climates demand significant physical and intelligence shifts across the electrical grid, especially as the grid is less predictable and more dispersed than ever before. Reliability is increasingly difficult to maintain through traditional operations. Interoperability, the driving force for integrating new components and technology into the smart grid, is in high demand. From generation to consumption, interconnected objects must be able to work together to enable a resilient and reliable source of electricity. 

Generation

Interoperability is critical in planning for and building grid architecture. There must be a common model to create a resilient and reliable grid, starting with generation. This is especially true as utilities integrate variable energy sources. Further, centralized generation is giving way to a distributed model as systems like rooftop solar are introduced. These unpredictable conditions can pose significant issues for electricity companies. Interoperability, enabled by standards, allows utilities to "plug and play" distributed and variable generation sources, while also helping them monitor and manage power demand and supply in real-time.

Transmission

Interoperability plays a major role ensuring the resilience, reliability, and power management of the smart grid. Interoperability allows for the integration of new technology, such as synchrophasors, which provide utilities with timely, actionable visibility into grid operations that has never before been available.

Distribution

The distribution system is now operated in ways that it was never designed for. Interoperability is critical in integrating new systems like microgrids, renewable energy, energy storage, electric vehicles, and demand response. Why? It expedites integration, lowers cost, and reduces maintenance, which makes the blending of new components simpler and quicker.

Consumption

There are thousands of devices—with more to come—that connect the home to the grid. Interoperability ensures that these connections are secure and reliable, and that consumers experience the most affordable electricity. Interoperability has also enabled consumers the opportunity to effectively manage their energy and control their energy costs. For example, the Green Button initiative currently allows 60 million households to access and interact with their energy usage information.

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2014-09-09
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The Department of Energy recently revised its October 2013 report titled, Dimming LEDs with Phase-Cut Dimmers: The Specifier’s Process for Maximizing Success, to include a recommendation of a NEMA lighting standard, SSL 7A-2013 Phase Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting: Basic Compatibility. This is big news for the lighting industry, and here to provide more details is Lutron’s Rob Nachtrieb. He is chair of the NEMA Lighting Controls Section and former chair of the committee that created SSL 7A.

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2014-08-05
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The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced its 2014 Leadership and Service Award winners. Among them are former National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis and John Goodsell, vice president of engineering and product development (retired) for Hubbell Inc., a NEMA member company.

According to Christopher B. Curtis, chairman of the NEMA Board of Governors, the ANSI awards reflect NEMA’s commitment to excellence.

“These recipients have been recognized for significant contributions to national and international standardization activities. On behalf of the NEMA Board of Governors, I am proud of their work and thank them for their ongoing dedication to the industry and for enhancing global voluntary consensus standards.”

Gaddis will receive the 2014 ANSI Chairman Award for outstanding accomplishments on behalf of ANSI or the ANSI Federation.

Goodsell will receive the 2014 Elihu Thomson Electrotechnology Medal, which honors an individual who has contributed in an exceptional, dedicated way to the field of electrotechnology standardization, conformity assessment, and related activities at national and international levels.

Lutron Electronics Design and Development Leader Ethan Biery will receive a Next Generation Award, which recognizes individuals who have demonstrated vision, leadership, dedication, and significant contributions in standardization or conformity assessment activities for less than eight years.

Michael Babiak Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc. Director of Technology, and John Young, technical consultant at Siemens Industry Inc., will receive Meritorious Service Awards in recognition of outstanding contributions to the U.S. voluntary standardization system.

ANSI will honor all award recipients during an October 22 ceremony held in conjunction with World Standards Week 2014 in Washington, D.C.

​ NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its 400-plus member companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.

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Office Spaces

  • Decreased the annual energy usage from 1.9 million. Submitted by Acuity Brands Lighting

Retail Spaces

  • Total energy cost savings: $11,083.43/year
  • annual energy savings: 77,083kWh
  • Environmental savings/year: 97,349lbs COSubmitted by  OSRAM SYLVA

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  • Payback in five years
  • Light energy savings:25%
  • HVAC energy-usage reduction: 5%  Submitted by Lutron Electronics Co., Inc.

Street Lighting

  • 30 to 70 % energy savings over HID luminaires. Submitted by Eaton Cooper Lighting

Warehouse

  • Annual energy savings:70%
  • Demand reduction: 358kW
  • Payback: <13 months
  • Maintenace cost avoidance: $100,000 plus (4,000 less lamps than other systems).  Submitted by LumenOpix

Parking Garage

  • Operating impact: $170,000 in annual energy savings; 1.6 million kWh reduction in electricity use
  • Environmental impact: more than 965 metric tons per year of CO2 emissions eliminated, which equals 261 acres of trees saved and 186 cars off the road. Submitted by GE Lighting

Retail Spaces

  • LED lighting in produce and other product cases
  • 4-lamp luminaires with each ballast set to 90% power during the day
  • At 11:00p.m., the power level reduced to 50%
  • Ballasts that communicat with the control system over the power circuit--no additional wiring. Submitted by Universal Lighting Technologies

Heavy Manufacturing

  • Readings reached 55 to 62 foot-candles2
  • Approximately 10 foot-candles are needed in inactive storage areas and as much as 40 foot-candles in move active spaces such as loading docks and recieving areas.  Submitted my Acuity Brands

Education campus

  • The university estimates a total energy savings of more than $220,000 annually, with more than $130,000 coming from the lighting controls.
  • A color shift from 3,500-3,800K lamps to 4,100-5,100K lamps meant better quality lighting at lower foot-candle levels with reduced glare.  Submitted by WattStopper

Car Dealership

  • 25 to 50% of the fixtures are turned off after midnight, saving approximately $350 per month
  • The controls system alternates lamps that burn, which boosts lamp and ballast life at least 25%.  Submitted by Acuity Brands Lighting

Health Care Facility

  • Personal control
  • Task tuning
  • Daylight harvasting
  • Smart time scheduling
  • Occupancy sensing
  • Variable load shedding
  • Energy consumption reduction:74%
  • Annual energy cost reduction: $47,000
  • Payback in 4 years
  • 177 tons of CO2 eliminated   Submitted by Encelium

Maintenance Garage

  • 55% annual energy savings
  • Demand reduction 56kW
  • Payback: 40months  Submitted by LumenOptix

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) welcome lighting stakeholders to a rescheduled initial road mapping discussion on January 30, 2014 from 1:00 – 5:00PM EST at NEMA headquarters in Rosslyn, VA. This meeting is expected to be the first in a series intended to facilitate engagement on ENERGY STAR lighting topics. Please find a draft agenda attached, and RSVP via email by December 30th to Alex Boesenberg at Alex.Boesenberg@nema.org. Due to space limitations we ask that organizations limit participation to a single representative.

Meeting Objectives

This meeting offers participants a unique and meaningful opportunity to identify, prioritize, and begin to work together on lighting topics that will help shape the future of lighting efficiency efforts. To make the most of this opportunity, EPA and NEMA ask that you prepare in two important ways:

1) Attend the ENERGY STAR lighting webinars on December 5th 2013 to get the latest in program developments. ENERGY STAR program documents that describe current lighting requirements and the specification development process are available on the ENERGY STAR website for your review (titles and links noted below).

2) Identify several topics to discuss and share with EPA and NEMA via email at Jantz-Sell.Taylor@epa.gov and Alex.Boesenberg@nema.org. Your thoughts on topics that this unique group of lighting stakeholders can work on together both at this meeting and afterwards to contribute to future lighting efficiency efforts. Two examples of discussion topics previously identified include:

a. Communicating lamps (delivering consumer convenience with lowest power possible)

b. Faster methods for certification of next generation LED lamps while maintaining quality

At this meeting, participants will prioritize topics and break into groups to begin their joint work. Please find the draft meeting agenda attached and provide your feedback to EPA and NEMA by January 10th 2014.

ENERGY STAR Program Documents

ENERGY STAR Guiding Principles

How a Product Earns the ENERGY STAR Label

ENERGY STAR Lamps: V1.0 Specification and Cover Letter and specification development materials

ENERGY STAR Luminaires: V1.2 Cover letter and specification development materials

To learn more about ENERGY STAR product certification, including directives given to EPA-recognized certification bodies (CB), visit www.energystar.gov/3rdpartycert. For a complete searchable list of answered questions about certification and verification for ENERGY STAR lighting products, visit www.energystar.gov/lightingfaqs. For information on ENERGY STAR verification testing, visit www.energystar.gov/integrity.

 

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NEMA to Honor Kite & Key Award Winners at Illuminations Weekend

Michael Babiak Director of Technology, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc.Michael Babiak, Director of Technology
Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc.

Michael Babiak, who began his employment with Energizer in 1974, currently serves as chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ASC C18 on Portable Cells and Batteries and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC35 on Primary Cells and Batteries. He is recognized as a certified quality engineer by the American Society for Quality Control. Mr. Babiak will retire at the end of this year having been involved with standardization activities and NEMA for more than 40 years. During that time he participated in more than two dozen NEMA product sections and other technical activities, most recently as the chair of the NEMA Dry Battery Section.

Alexander McMillan Director, Global Standards & Trade, Rockwell AutomationAlexander McMillan, Director
Global Standards & Trade, Rockwell Automation

Alec McMillan leads Rockwell Automation’s standards and trade programs in support of the company’s global interests. Mr. MacMillan has represented the U.S. as a member and leader of delegations to the IEC, Pacific Area Standards Congress, Pan-American Standards Commission, and Transatlantic Business Dialogue. He served as vice president of finance for the U.S. National Committee of the IEC, and sits on several ANSI and IEC committees. He is a long-standing member of the NEMA Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Committee. Additionally, he actively participates in standards education, primarily through Northwestern University Center for Technology Innovation Management and ANSI.

The Kite and Key Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have advanced the interest of the electroindustry through active and sustained involvement in NEMA activities. The 2013 awards will be presented November 9, 2013 during NEMA’s 87th annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend.

Learn more at www.nema.org/KandK-2013.

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Defense Energy Summit
The Defense Energy Summit, which will be held November 11-13, 2013, in Austin, Texas, is an exciting gathering of the nation’s energy, business, and defense leadership focusing on how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD. NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis will host a panel of NEMA member experts in energy-efficient and high-performance building systems, microgrids, on-site generation integration, and energy storage systems in order to detail how existing technologies can help the military meet its energy needs in an efficient, reliable, and flexible manner.

Please use our 10% off registration discount code: 13NEMA10
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Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA LSD 67-2013 Low Mercury Controllable Fluorescent Systems
NEMA LSD 67 discusses technical tradeoffs associated with reduced mercury dosing in fluorescent lighting systems and their environmental impacts. NEMA members are committed to providing fluorescent lighting systems that allow lamps to be controlled to save energy, while reducing the mercury content in the lamps to the extent that it is technically possible without sacrificing functionality.

Industry News

Siemens Partners with Bechtel and AECOM to Win Four Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contracts for U.S. Army’s $7 Billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production Program
The $7 billion contract capacity will be expended for PPAs to procure energy during a period of up to 30 years from renewable energy generation systems that are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by contractors using private sector financing.

Global Intelligence

Sustained Growth in T5 Fluorescent Lamp Shipments
The index grew by 2.6 percent compared to the previous quarter and 13.3 percent on a year-over-year (y/y) basis. Shipments of T8 lamps during 2013Q2 retreated from a near record high posted in 2013Q1, decreasing by 5.3 percent. Still, the T8 index increased 15.7 percent y/y.

 


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  International News

Standards that will take the WEEE Management Business to the Next Level
In 2008, the European Commission awarded funding under its LIFE programme to the WEEE Forum for "WEEELABEX" (WEEE LABel of Excellence), a four-year project (2009-12) the chief aspiration of which was to protect the environment through the development, on the one hand, of a set of European standards covering the collection, sorting, handling, storage, transportation, treatment and disposal of all kinds of waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE), and, on the other hand, rules to decide whether an undertaking's processes deserve to be WEEELABEX approved and procedures that will guarantee that trained auditors conduct the same type of audits of undertakings involved in those activities.
Euractiv


 


2013-10-07
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eiXtra

October 7, 2013/Vol. 19

feature story
Host Sites Needed for N.C. Electric Vehicle Fast Charge Stations

Electric Vehicle Fast Charge StationsAdvanced Energy (advancedenergy.org), a nationally-recognized nonprofit based in Raleigh, N.C., committed to working with stakeholders to help them understand, plan for and implement successful emerging transportation programs, is seeking qualified sites in the Charlotte and Research Triangle Park metropolitan areas of North Carolina to host quick charge electric-vehicle fueling equipment for public access.

Host sites are locations at existing commercial or retail enterprises that are interested in partnering with Advanced Energy for the installation and operation of electric vehicle charging equipment at their location. Chosen sites will receive, free of charge, a direct current (dc) fast charger valued over $25,000. The dc fast chargers are ideal for high traffic areas at shopping centers, gas stations and convenience locations along major transportation corridors and can charge a typical plug-in electric vehicle in 30 minutes or less. Host sites will benefit from increased visibility and foot traffic as well as a heightened sustainability profile for their business.

As the number of electric vehicles continues to grow, dc fast chargers are coming to the market. In an effort to build the market for EVs, fast chargers will help address range anxiety.

For more information on EVSEs, contact Harry Massey.

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Electrical Standards & Products Guide (ESPG)NEMA Publishes Annual Standards and Products Guide
ESPG is used by military, government, and private buyers who work in lighting, motors and industrial controls, transmission and distribution, transportation, medical imaging, architecture and construction, and other industries that specify and use electrical equipment.

Defense Energy Summit
The Defense Energy Summit, which will be held November 11-13, 2013, in Austin, Texas, is an exciting gathering of the nation’s energy, business, and defense leadership focusing on how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD. NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis will host a panel of NEMA member experts in energy-efficient and high-performance building systems, microgrids, on-site generation integration, and energy storage systems in order to detail how existing technologies can help the military meet its energy needs in an efficient, reliable, and flexible manner.

Please use our 10% off registration discount code: 13NEMA10
[ The code is not valid on the military registration fee ]

NEMA Announces Release of Spanish-translated Technical Documents, Website
In an effort to improve the understanding of safe and reliable electrical systems and components in Latin American countries, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has translated into Spanish several NEMA electrical standards and other technical documents, which are now available on the association’s Spanish standards webpage, Normas en Español.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA CG 1 Manufactured Graphite/Carbon Electrodes
CG 1 is a NEMA standard that adopts the requirements of two international standards—IEC 60529 and IEC/TR 62157—concerning dimensions and designations of graphite and carbon electrodes used in arc furnace applications.

Industry News

NFPA and Sparky the Fire Dog Ask Everyone to Read for Fire Safety During Fire Prevention Week
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and its beloved mascot Sparky the Fire Dog® are calling on fire departments, parents and teachers to Read for Fire Safety during Fire Prevention Week (October 6-12) and throughout the year to raise awareness among children about the importance of fire safety.

Global Intelligence

Lighting Systems Index Gains Continue During Second Quarter
On a year-over-year basis, lighting equipment shipments climbed 4.9 percent. Increased demand for fixtures, emergency lighting and miniature lamps buoyed the index by compensating for decreases in ballasts and large lamps.

 

Hot Topics

Filling the Gaps in the Flow of Renewable Energy
As renewable energy becomes increasingly commonplace, interest in energy storage technologies is growing around the world. Researchers in Germany, Japan, the United States, and elsewhere are finding governments increasingly willing to support their ideas.
The New York Times

 

On the Hill

DOE Publishes Updated SSL Manufacturing R&D Roadmap
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published the 2013 edition of the Solid-State Lighting Manufacturing R&D Roadmap.
EERE

 

International News

Japan, U.S. Agree to Beef Up Cybersecurity
Defense Minister Itsunori Onodera and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel confirmed Thursday in Tokyo their cooperation in fighting cyberattacks and handling tensions over the Senkaku Islands in the East China Sea.
Japan Times

 

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2013-09-23
Description:

September 23, 2013 | Vol. 18

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New App Includes NEMA Technical References

New App Includes NEMA Technical ReferencesReleased in mid-September, the Master Electrician Reference™ is an iPhone and iPad app for electricians and electrical professionals providing instant access to reference material, tables, diagrams, images, and graphics.

The app is divided into topics including Ampacity, Distribution Systems, NEMA® Standard Products, and Safety with each topic containing one or more pages of vital information for designers and electricians alike. Most pages have a built-in scientific calculator allowing the user to perform calculations without even leaving the page. Other pages have specialized calculators for common formulas like Ohm's Law.

The application is available from the iTunes App Store for $8.99 or go to www.mastersparky.com for more information.

 

 

 

 

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CWIEME | 8-10 Oct. 2013, DE Stephens Convention Center, Chicago - www.coilwindingexpo.com/chicagoNEMA Welcomes Senate Approval of Helium Bill and Urges Prompt House Passage
The Senate's approval of HR 527, the High Tech Jobs Preservation Act, by a vote of 97-2 represents a major step toward providing greater assuranceof access to domestic supplies of refined helium to many NEMA member companies.

NEMA Mourns the Passing of Bernard H. Falk
"Bernie was an innovator and a pioneer who laid much of the groundwork for what NEMA is able to accomplish today," said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

Two Big Wins for Life Safety Legislation in California and North Carolina
The California case originated with SB 1394, which was enacted in 2012 and contained a requirement for all battery-operated smoke alarms sold in the state as of July 1, 2014, to have a 10-year, sealed (non-removable) battery.

Seminars Highlight Manufacturing Opportunities in Vietnam
BECAMEX IDC, a development company specializing in Vietnam, will host a series of seminars showcasing a new industrial park in Binh Duong province, the My Phuoc Industrial City.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA FU 1-2012 Low Voltage Cartridge Fuses
Covering eight classes of low voltage cartridge fuses, NEMA FU 1 examines fuses of a current-responsive element inside a fuse body with contacts on both ends.

NEMA Publishes NEMA TC 2-2013 Electrical Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) Tubing and Conduit
View the contents and scope of NEMA TC 2-2013. A hard or electronic copy may be purchased for $71 by visiting the NEMA website.

Industry News

Illuminating Engineering Society Selects 14 Acuity Brands Lighting Products for Annual Progress Report
Acuity Brands, Inc. is pleased to announce that 14 of the company's products have been selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) to be included in its 2013 Progress Report.

Manufacturing Day Welcomes Kelly Services and IHS GlobalSpec as Sponsors
Manufacturing Day sponsors provide the resources to support manufacturers participating in the program, a grassroots effort by U.S. manufacturers to improve public perception of manufacturing in America by coordinating awareness-raising activities at a variety of locations across the country on October 4, 2013.

 

 

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  Hot Topics

AEP Hopes to bring Smart Meters to Columbus, other cities in Ohio
American Electric Power wants to add "smart meters" to 900,000 houses and businesses in Ohio, up from 110,000 that were part of a test project.
The Columbus Dispatch

  On the Hill

Electric Vehicle Charging Station Access Bill Passed by California General Assembly
The NEMA-backed SB 454 proposes "open access" to public electric vehicle charging stations by any electric vehicle.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

  International News

In Post-Tsunami Japan, Homeowners Pull Away From Grid
​In a post-tsunami revolt against conventional electric utilities, tens of thousands of Japanese homeowners have started generating their own power from hydrogen fuel cells and solar panels, turning the country into the world's leading laboratory for overturning the traditional grid and the century-old business model behind it.
Wall Street Journal


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2013-09-09
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Booming U.S. Car Industry Boosting Demand for Components

[CWIEME] The recovering automotive industry has led to a significant increase in demand for components, according to the organizers of North America’s largest coil winding, insulation, and electrical manufacturing exhibition (CWIEME).

U.S. car sales jumped by over 13% in 2012 and in July 2013 sales reached their best level for seven years as low interest rates and  favourable exchange rates helped revitalise the sector and demand for motors and other electrical components.

CWIEME Chicago, being held at the DE Stephens Convention Centre from 8 to 10 October 2013, is expected to draw over 1400 visitors and 160 exhibitors, of which 50% will be senior design engineers and purchasing managers from the automotive industry.

According to the organizers, i2i Events Group, the recovering U.S. auto industry and a move towards ‘in-sourcing’ of manufacturing jobs away from lower cost pan-Asian countries are just two reasons why CWIEME 2013 is expected to draw its biggest ever attendance.

Read full article.

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NEMA Conference Call Regarding ISO 14001 for Environmental Management
Due to international and other pressures, the ISO 14001 standard is now under consideration for amendment to include new language that would mandate environmental requirements on adhering companies that are likely to be far more costly and burdensome than what are included in the current version.

NEMA Wins U.S. Department of Commerce Award to Promote Market Access in Brazil
The U.S. Department of Commerce announced that the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) was chosen to receive a Market Development Cooperation Program (MDCP) award to improve market access for electrical products in Brazil.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA WD 9-2013 Dimmers, Photoelectric Controls, Presence Sensors, and Multi-outlet Bars Energy Consumption Testing and Labeling
WD 9 provides a standardized testing method to measure and label the standby energy consumption of dimmers, photoelectric controls, presence/motion sensors, and multi-outlet bars.

Industry News

Fuji Electric DC Fast Charging Station in San Juan Capistrano Powers Through 1,000 Electric Vehicle Charging Sessions for ChargePoint Drivers
Fuji Electric Corp. of America announced that they have reached the 1000th charging session on their Electric Vehicle Charging Station at the Residence Inn by Marriott in Dana Point/San Juan Capistrano, CA, marking a major milestone for the electronics manufacturer and the EV industry in the U.S.

September and October Are Peak Months for Fires in College Housing
In a report released by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), September and October were identified as peak months for fires in college housing. According to the report “Structure Fires in Dormitories, Fraternities, Sororities, and Barracks,” in 2007-2011, U.S. fire departments responded to an estimated annual average of 3,810 structure fires in dormitories, fraternities, sororities, and barracks.

 

Hot Topics

Solar Cell Performance Improves with Ion-conducting Polymer
Researchers at KTH Royal Institute of Technology have found a way to make dye-sensitized solar cells more energy-efficient and longer-lasting.
KTH Royal Institute of Technology

Just Add Water: GE, Berkeley Lab Explore Possible Key to Energy Storage for Electric Vehicles
It's a little more complex than making instant oatmeal, but scientists from GE and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) may have just the recipe for next-generation electric vehicle batteries that achieve desired driving range and cost for consumers.
Business Wire

 

On the Hill

Smart Technology Keeps Infrastructure Operating Safely
U.S. Departments of Transportation are using smart technology to warn civil engineers when something is wrong with the infrastructure, says the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials. Sensors installed on bridges, in roadways, and on maintenance vehicles are communicating real-time performance and weather data, allowing engineers to solve problems before they occur.
ITS International

 

International News

Tomorrow's Smart Cities
Around the world, smart cities are already being built, from Masdar in Abu Dhabi to Songdo in South Korea. In the future, everything in a city, from the electricity grid, to the sewer pipes to roads, buildings and cars will be connected to the network.
Standard Digital


2013-08-19
Location: Newletter
Description:

eiXtra

The Newsletter of Electrical Equipment and Medical Imaging Manufacturers

August 19, 2013 Vol. 16

feature story
Helium Crisis

Helium (He)Without quick action by Congress to continue and amend the existing Helium Act (50 U.S.C. §167), the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has indicated it will be forced to stop selling helium from the U.S. reserve, a major domestic source of this gas. In order to cease trading by October 7, 2013, BLM will need to empty the pipeline, close compressors, and implement other “shutdown” procedures commencing September 15, 2013.  Although refiners may be able to extend that date to September 20 or 25, because of a coincidental interruption from a major commercial helium supplier, any September shutdown by BLM will have a dramatic and dire effect on the U.S. supply.

The consequences would be severe on the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) market, and by extension there will be consequences for healthcare providers. Maximum global manufacturing capacity of helium is estimated at 240 million liters per year (20 million liters/month). The manufacturers of MRIs are estimated to purchase approximately 36 million liters of helium per year (3 million liters/month).

Current production problems have restricted output to roughly 175 million liters per year (14.5 million per month), or approximately 70% of manufacturing capacity. Because some industries have been able to substitute other gases or have found better ways to use the gas (e.g., gas chromatography switches to hydrogen and welding to argon), industrial consumers have been able to cope with global production at 70% of capacity.

Healthcare providers, including hospitals, will likely be impacted by the further constriction in supply.  Of the estimated 36 million liters per year of helium purchased by MRI manufacturers under current conditions, it is estimated that at least 15–16 million liters per year of those purchases is used to service MRI scanners in hospitals. If BLM stops production in September and there is a major reduction of global capacity under the scenario outlined above, less helium will be available for all purposes, including MRI maintenance. In the worst case scenario, it is likely that hospitals would have to reduce or cease providing MRI scanning services temporarily.

 

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NEMA News

Decade Passes Since 2003 Blackout, NEMA Establishes Two Programs to Improve Electrical Grid
In the decade since the blackout, NEMA has established two major programs that are focused on the technical and policy aspects of improving the performance of the electrical grid: the Emerging Technology Panel (ETP) and NEMA Strategic Initiatives (SI) program.

Seminars Highlight Manufacturing Opportunities in Vietnam
BECAMEX IDC, a development company specializing in Vietnam, will host a series of seminars showcasing a new industrial park in Binh Duong province, the My Phuoc Industrial City.

Defense Energy Summit
The Defense Energy Summit, which will be held November 11-13, 2013, in Austin, Texas, is an exciting gathering of the nation’s energy, business, and defense leadership focusing on how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD. NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis will host a panel of NEMA member experts in energy-efficient and high-performance building systems, microgrids, on-site generation integration, and energy storage systems in order to detail how existing technologies can help the military meet its energy needs in an efficient, reliable, and flexible manner.

Please use our 10% off registration discount code: 13NEMA10
[ The code is not valid on the military registration fee ]

Industry News

Itron Selected by Duquesne Light for Smart Metering Technology and Services
As a part of Duquesne Light’s smart meter program, Itron will replace the utility’s existing 625,000 electricity meters with Itron smart meters, implement sophisticated back-office data collection software, supply critical network communications infrastructure, and provide comprehensive professional services.

Tampa General Medical Group Selects Acuity Brands LED Lighting & Controls for New Family Care Center
Tampa General Medical Group installed LED lighting and controls from Acuity Brands, Inc.in its newly constructed Family Care Center in Brandon ,Florida.

Hot Topics

Synchrophasor Technologies and their Deployment in the Recovery Act—Smart Grid Programs Report
Twelve of the SGIG and SGDP projects are deploying synchrophasor technologies and systems to strengthen the reliability and efficiency of transmission system operations.
www.SmartGrid.gov

 

On the Hill

White House Council of Economic Advisers and Energy Department Release New Report on Resiliency of Electric Grid During Natural Disasters
The White House Council of Economic Advisers and the U.S. Department of Energy released a new report that assesses how to best protect the nation’s electric grid from power outages that occur during natural disasters.
U.S. Department of Energy

 

International News

Mexico Proposes Opening Up Electric Sector to Competition
The Mexican government's plan to overhaul the energy sector has put a spotlight on oil and gas, but the proposal also aims to revamp another area with potential for big investment: electricity.
Wall Street Journal


 

2013-08-05
Location: Newsletter
Description:

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NEMA’s announces early savings for Illuminations Weekend registration

IW 2013 - Register Now!NEMA’s 87th annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend: Where Leaders and Ideas Meet, will be held on Friday, November 8, and Saturday, November 9. Sign up by August 30 to save $100 on Illuminations Weekend registration fee at www.nema.org/illuminations.

This year’s program features a dynamic lineup of keynote speakers and traditional presentations including:

  • Donald R. Leavens, PhD, NEMA’s chief economist and one of the Wall Street Journal’s top economic forecasters, presents the annual “Electroindustry Economic Outlook”
  • Panel discussions about trends and issues manufacturers should be aware of concerning high performance buildings and Smart Grid technology
  • An in-depth panel discussion on the Affordable Health Care Reform Act (“Obamacare”) and how it will affect your business

For its 2013 meeting, NEMA is returning to The Breakers Hotel in Palm Beach, Florida.

Guestroom Reservation Information for The Breakers Hotel

You can reserve a guestroom during Illuminations Weekend by visiting https://resweb.passkey.com/go/NEMA13 or by calling the hotel’s reservation desk at 855-251-9315. Ask for the NEMA 87th annual meeting rate of $299 (plus tax).

 

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NEMA Urges Senate Finance Committee to Adopt Energy-Efficiency Tax Incentives
NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis sent a letter to the Senate Finance Committee urging it to consider technology-neutral, energy-efficiency tax incentives developed by the association.

Energy Storage Conference PartnershipEnergy Storage Conference Partnership
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making.
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America.

Standardizations Trends

ANSI/NEMA SG-IC 1-2013 Available for Download at No Cost for Limited Time
This publication describes the roles and responsibilities for each of four main participants in a testing scheme for interoperability and security among Smart Grid products.

NEMA Publishes ANSI/NEMA WD 6-2012 Wiring Devices—Dimensional Specifications
This standard covers dimensional requirements for plugs and receptacles up to 60 Amperes and 600 Volts.

Industry News

General Cable Announces Board of Directors Appointment
Sallie B. Bailey will serve on the board’s audit, compensation, and corporate governance committees. The appointment of Ms. Bailey increases the company’s board to seven members.

 

 

Hot Topics

DOE Opens New EV-Smart Grid Center
The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has inaugurated a new center that will work to ensure that EVs, charging stations, communications, and networking systems work in unison with the electric grid. The Electric Vehicle-Smart Grid Interoperability Center, located at Argonne National Laboratory just outside of Chicago, was established to harmonize emerging EV and smart grid technologies.
Smart Meters

 

On the Hill

Wyden, Murkowski Introduce Legislation to Encourage Marine Hydropower
Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee Chairman Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Ranking Member Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, today introduced legislation to remove regulatory obstacles and encourage research and development for the next generation of hydropower – renewable energy from waves, currents, ocean tides and free-flowing water in lakes and rivers.
U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources

 

International News

CEN and CENELEC to coordinate European standards for smart cities
The European standards organizations CEN (European Committee for Standardization) and CENELEC (European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardization) have set up a joint body to coordinate standardization activities in Europe on smart cities and communities.
www.Metering.com

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2013-08-02
Location: Magazine
Description:

FEATURES:

  • Rexel Foundation Survey—Americans Believe that Energy Efficiency Saves Money
  • Strategic Energy Management Today Creates Brighter Energy Environment Tomorrow
  • Energy Efficiency Gets Turbo-Charged with Newly Upgraded ENERGY STAR Portfolio Manager® Tool for Commercial Buildings
  • Global Motor Labeling Program Provides Consistency in Successful Motors Initiative
  • Industrial Energy Efficiency—Today’s Greatest Challenge
  • Surefire Strategy Saves Data Center Energy
  • Smart Plug–Load Control Offers Safety, Convenience, Efficiency
  • Going Green Improves Energy Consumption, Air Quality
  • Quality of Light and Overcoming Barriers to LED Adoption

DEPARTMENTS:

  • Government Relations
  • Update
  • Electroindustry News
  • Code Actions/
  • Standardization
  • Trends
  • International Roundup
  • Economic Spotlight

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2013-07-22
Location: Newsletter
Description:

July 22, 2013 | Vol. 14

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NEMA Announces Carbon Footprint Report

Global Carbon FootprintRegulatory trends and market dynamics have steadily increased the need for manufacturers to measure and influence the environmental impacts of their products. A key element of environmental impact is a product’s energy use and links to greenhouse gas emissions, sometimes referred to as a product's “carbon footprint.”

Characterizing the carbon impacts of a product can require an evaluation of the product’s entire life cycle, including raw material extraction and transportation, manufacturing (or service provision), distribution, consumer use, and end-of-life disposition. But a more streamlined and cost-effective approach is to identify the principal “drivers” of carbon impact within a product and characterize the effect of changes in those factors.

A range of tools, created by public and private organizations, have emerged in this area of applied research. But there has been no standard approach or methodology for carbon footprint estimation developed specifically for the electrical product industry.

The final report, along with the 2012 interim report that resulted from the project's first phase is available on the NEMA website. Inquiries and requests for additional information should be directed to Mark Kohorst of NEMA Government Relations by email or phone at 703-841-3249.

 

 

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NEMA Welcomes Confirmation of EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy
Previously, McCarthy was head of EPA’s air and radiation office and contributed significantly in the Obama administration’s efforts to address global warming.

NEMA Commends Gardner-Welch Act of 2013
NEMA voiced its support for the Gardner-Welch Energy Savings through Public-Private Partnerships Act of 2013.

“Why the Wait?” Campaign to Encourage Action on Energy Bill
NEMA announced “Why the Wait?”—a campaign to encourage swift Senate action on S 761, the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act, introduced by Senators Jeanne Shaheen

(D-NH) and Rob Portman (R-OH).

Energy Storage Conference PartnershipEnergy Storage Conference Partnership
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making.
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America.

Industry News

Honeywell Chairman and CEO Dave Cote Selected “CEO of the Year” By Chief Executive Magazine
Honeywell announced that Chief Executive Magazine named Chairman and CEO Dave Cote “2013 CEO of the Year,” an honor that recognizes an outstanding corporate leader nominated and selected by peers.

 

Hot Topics

Forget Battery Swapping: Tesla Aims to Charge Electric Cars in Five Minutes
Tesla Motors is pushing the limits of charging technology to make electric vehicles as practical as gas-powered cars.
MIT Technology Review

 

On the Hill

Federal Tax Reform's Potential Impact on a Domestic Manufacturing Company
With the current focus on tax reform, companies need to be aware of the effects various proposals could have on their customers, products, and industry.
Bloomberg BNA Daily Tax Report

 

International News

Perspectives Alert: Energy Reform in Mexico
A reform push in Mexico that many have termed historic could get epic this fall. That's when President Enrique Peña Nieto will introduce plans to reform the oil and gas sector and overhaul the country's tax system.
www.TonyGarza.com

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2013-07-09
Location: newsletter
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July 9, 2013 | Vol. 13

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Reminder: Make Plans to Attend NEMA Recycling Summit

On behalf of its members, NEMA supports appropriate end-of-life management of electrical products. The preferred option in most cases is recycling, particularly if the product contains potentially hazardous materials or provides an economic benefit once recovered.

Recycling is economically and operationally complex, but can also be a contentious political issue. Several NEMA sections that supply consumer oriented-products (e.g., lamps, batteries) have wrestled with recycling challenges for years. Others have turned their attention to the issue more recently in response to regulatory, environmental, or financial considerations. Virtually all activity in NEMA devoted to recycling takes place in “silos,” but with little, if any, cross-sectional collaboration.

NEMA’s upcoming recycling summit aims to address this lack of communication by bringing the industry’s collective experts into the same room to discuss whether and how sections can work together to find solutions. This one-day event will take place from 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EDT on Tuesday, July 30, 2013, at NEMA’s new conference center located within its Rosslyn, Virginia headquarters. The agenda will include a review of existing NEMA recycling initiatives, a presentation by a leading waste management company, an outside guest who will discuss how another industry sector has addressed the issue, and ample time for open discussion.

Any NEMA member company with an interest in this topic is encouraged to send representatives to this summit, either individually or as part of a product section delegation. Those wishing to attend or to obtain additional information may contact
Mark Kohorst of NEMA Government Relations by email or phone at 703-841-3249.

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NEMA News

SGIP Concludes Its First Board of Directors Election
On July 7, 2013, Patrick Gannon, president and executive director of SGIP (formerly the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel), announced the results of the recent Board of Directors elections.

NEMA Announces the Release of Fire Alarm System, Emergency Communication, and Life Safety System Training Materials
NEMA's Signaling Protection and Communications Section—made up of fire and life safety industry experts—is excited to announce the release of a library of application guides and manuals on fire detection, emergency communication, and life safety.

Energy Storage Conference PartnershipEnergy Storage Conference Partnership
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making..
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America

Industry News

Mobility Innovation Work (EV Charging) Earns ABB a Pioneer Award
The Green Parking Council (GPC) announced that it has awarded the 2013 Pioneer Award for Sustainability to Cal Lankton, Director of ABB’s EV Charging Infrastructure for ABB’s North American operations.

Global Intelligence

North American EBCIs Indicate Improving Conditions for the Eighth Consecutive Month in June
NEMA’s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current conditions in North America rose in June, up from 55.9 in May to 56.7, and continued to show signs of improvement in the business environment by remaining above the 50-point mark for the eighth consecutive month.

Hot Topics

The Microgrid Primer Every Power Engineer Should Study
Many Smart Grid observers think we'll be living in a world of federated microgrids sometime in the next decade. Universities, hospitals, office parks, military bases, and "ecodistricts" will generate much of their own power and distribute it locally via a microgrid.
Smart Grid News

 

On the Hill

NEMA Seeks Sponsors of Tax Reform Package; Urge Member Engagement
The Senate Finance Committee has issued a request for senators to provide their tax reform priorities to the Committee by July 26. Senators are to operate based on the notion that the slate is wiped clean and that all provisions are out until a case is made for them to be included based on evidence they 1) help grow the economy, 2) make the tax code fairer, or 3) effectively promote other important policy objectives.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

 

International News

Smart Grid Roundup, From Underground and Down Under
Here’s a short list of interesting or noteworthy Smart Grid news items to start your week, starting with a reminder of how much of the world’s power grid lies underground.
Greentech Media

 

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2013-07-08
Location: Magazine
Description:

FEATURES:

  • Advanced Nanoadditives Provide Light Management Solutions
  • Making the Supercapacitor a Lot More Super
  • Cooking Up a Catalyst for Hydrogen Production
  • Support for Large Solar Power Systems Incorporates Cable Management
  • Mobile Applications in the Electrical Industry
  • Innovations Revolutionize Medical Imaging
  • Sometimes It Doesn’t Make Sense to Think like a Big Company
  • EV Drivers Go Wireless
  • New Outlet-Branch AFCIs Offer Consumers Choice in Mitigating Fire Prevention
  • Dual-Circuit Occupancy Sensing—Single Control Meets Bi-Level Code Requirements
  • As Arc-Flash Incidents Increase, More Effective Protection Systems Required
  • Outsmarting Arc Flash
  • Smoke Detection—The Future is Here
  • Aspiration Detection: When Early Isn’t Soon Enough
  • Active Open–Area Smoke Detection Uses Imaging Technology

DEPARTMENTS:

  • Government Relations Update
  • Electroindustry News
  • Code Actions/ Standardization Trends
  • International Roundup
  • Economic Spotlight

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2013-06-18
Location: newletter
Description:

June 18, 2013 | Vol. 12

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Z535 Standard Considered by OSHA

Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) - LogoThe Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published two items in the June 13, 2013, Federal Register pertaining to updating its regulations to incorporate references to the ANSI Z535 series of standards, which are published by NEMA:

Both rules effectively do the same thing—adding references to Z535.1-2006 (R2011), Z535.2-2011, and Z535.5-2011 to OSHA regulations while retaining existing references to earlier standards.

There are two main benefits to the OSHA rulemaking: (1) it alleviates the potential situation whereby an employer choosing to use signs that comply with the new standards technically would be violating OSHA regulations and could be assessed a de minimus citation; and (2) it lessens the likelihood that OSHA will receive adverse comments since the change allows, but does not mandate, employers to use ANSI Z535.

One of two things is bound to happen. If OSHA does not receive a significant volume of adverse comments on the Direct Final Rule by July 15, 2013 (the comment deadline), the rule will be finalized and become effective on September 11, 2013, and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking will be withdrawn. Conversely, if OSHA receives a significant volume of adverse comments they will withdraw the Direct Final Rule and proceed with the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking.

Public comments for both the Direct Final Rule and the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking are due by July 15, 2013.

NEMA publishes the ANSI Z535 series of standards for safety signs and colors. Composed of six documents and a color chart, these standards depict and explain the unique properties that can alert people to hazards in the workplace and at home. Each standard within this series has distinctive properties and collectively they prevent accidents and injuries.

 

Hot Topics

Renewable Energy Investments Shift to Developing Nations
Renewable energy investments are shifting to developing nations as countries from Morocco to Chile pursue power sources that wean them off fossil fuel imports, two studies promoted by the United Nations said.
RenewableEnergyWorld.com

 

 

On the Hill

NEMA Pressing for Senate Efficiency Bill Consideration
NEMA is supporting Senators Shaheen’s (D-NH) and Portman’s (R-OH) efforts to bring their Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act (S 761) to the Senate floor.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

 

International News

European Electric Vehicle Charging Infrastructure Market Becoming Increasingly Self Sustaining, says Frost & Sullivan
The electric vehicle (EV) charging industry in Europe is in the midst of transformation, with the focus on ramping up EV charging infrastructure for the rapidly expanding EV market.
U.S. Official News


2013-06-05
Location: Magazine
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electroindustry

The Association of Electrical Equipment and Medical Imaging Manufacturers

June 2013 Magazine Vol. 18 No. 6

www.nema.com

FEATURES:

Engaging the Consumer

Technology / SG Applications

Renewables and the Grid

Emerging Issues

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2013-06-03
Location: newletter
Description:

June 3, 2013 | Vol. 11

feature story

Peter King to Keynote NEMA Event
June 13: Rebuild Smart

Peter King will Keynote a NEMA Storm Reconstruction Event on June 13th. Details and RSVPs to RebuildSmart@nema.orgSevere weather events are happening more frequently in the United States. With historic floods, tornadoes, and hurricanes come record levels of devastation and rebuilding needs in community after community. And as we all become more reliant on electrical power for comfort, communication, and safety, a new approach to electrical preparedness and recovery is critical to minimizing the personal and economic damage caused by these events.

Never has this been so clear as in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy. When Sandy hit, millions of people were confronted not only with destruction of their property, but with loss of power and services as well. Families, businesses, and first responders struggled to put their lives back together. As the 2013 hurricane season begins, what have we learned about how we can prepare for, respond to, and rebuild after major weather events?

On June 13, NEMA will host an event to explore these critical questions: What have we learned from Sandy, and how can we be ready for the next big storm? The keynote speaker will be Rep. Peter King (R-NY), who will provide an update on rebuilding efforts in his home of New York. Additional speakers will include Evan Gaddis, NEMA President and CEO; Don Hendler, President and CEO Leviton Manufacturing; and Brett Brenner, President, Electric Safety Foundation International.

This event (8–9 a.m.) is open to the public at the Capitol Visitors Center HVC 201. RSVP to RebuildSmart@nema.org

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NEMA News

MITA's Digital Campaign
The Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA), a division of the NEMA, is pleased to announce the launch of its new digital campaign.

NEMA's Jim Pauley Inducted into University of Kentucky Engineering Hall of Distinction
JIm Pauley is senior vice president of external affairs and government relations at Schneider Electric USA, chair of the NEMA High Performance Building Council, and chair of the American National Standards Institute Board of Directors.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes ANSI/NEMA MW 1000-2012 Magnet Wire
This is the premier standards publication for general requirements, product specifications, and test procedures for the manufacture and packaging of magnet wire. It is continually developed and maintained by the NEMA Magnet Wire Section Technical Committee to ensure that specifications and test procedures reflect evolving magnet wire end user requirements and state-of-the-art magnet wire manufacturing technologies.

Industry News

Leviton Receives National Association of Electrical Distributors' Industry Award of Merit
As part of NAED's Annual Achievement Awards, which recognize individuals and companies that embody the industry's highest standards, Leviton was honored for the company's active role in promoting and supporting the wholesale electrical distribution industry.

Global Intelligence

T5 and T8 Linear Fluorescent Lamp Shipments Surge During First Quarter
NEMA’s T5 and T8 linear fluorescent lamp indexes surged upward 6.3 and 15.7 percent on a year-over-year basis (y/y), respectively, during 2013Q1.

Hot Topics

FERC Chairman Jon Wellinghoff Stepping Down
Federal Energy Regulatory Commission Chairman Jon Wellinghoff, who oversaw a broad expansion of the regulator’s oversight of the electric grid and several probes into improper trading tactics by Wall Street banks, will depart his post.
Politico

Market for volt/VAR Optimization Set to Transform
Global shipments of volt/VAR optimization (VVO) control electronics used in smart electricity grids are forecast to double during the next five years, according to a new report from IMS Research.
Metering.com

 

On the Hill

Harvard University Recognizes EPA Renewable Energy Program as a Top Government Innovation
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) RE-Powering America’s Land Initiative was recognized as one of the Top 25 Innovations in American Government by Harvard University. The initiative, started at EPA in 2008, encourages development of renewable energy on potentially contaminated lands, landfills and mining sites.
EPA

 

International News

Successful Smart Charging Pilot Shows Value to Utilities and Customers
Australian developer and system integrator DiUS has published a report documenting the results from a six-month pilot of smart charging—the process of letting the utility remotely control when and how fast electric vehicles (EVs) are charged.
Smart Grid News

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2013-05-20
Location: Newsletter
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May 20, 2013 | Vol. 10

NEMA Sponsors Reception for Congressional High Performance Buildings Week

NEMA kicked off Congressional High Performance Buildings Week on Tuesday with a reception to thank U.S. Representatives David McKinley (R-WV) and Peter Welch (D-VT) for assuming the co-chairmanship of the High Performance Buildings Congressional Caucus. The caucus was formed in 2008 to educate federal policymakers on the ways that buildings can help reduce energy waste while providing occupants with safe, sustainable, affordable, and aesthetically pleasing buildings to live and work in.

The reception featured remarks from Reps. McKinley and Welch, as well as the chairman of NEMA’s High Performance Buildings Council, Jim Pauley of Schneider Electric. Mr. Pauley thanked the Congressmen for setting an example for the rest of Congress on bipartisan cooperation, and underscored that increasing building performance is something on which both parties can agree. He noted that increasing the energy efficiency, sustainability, and safety of buildings should be a top priority of Congress.

Reps. McKinley and Welch recently introduced H.R. 1616, “The Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013,” the House counterpart to Sens. Shaheen (D-NH) and Portman (R-OH) bill, which NEMA has publicly endorsed.

NEMA is working closely with Congress and the Obama Administration to promote high performance buildings through the work of the NEMA High Performance Buildings Council, which was established to promote the adoption of high performance NEMA-scope products and systems that increase the energy efficiency, safety, resilience, sustainability, productivity, and security of federal, commercial, and multi-family residential buildings.

NEMA News

NEMA Welcomes Moniz as Secretary of Energy

“Secretary Moniz brings great insight and a rich history with the industry to this position,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.

Energy Storage Conference Partnership


Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making..
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America

Industry News

WattStopper launches first dual loop photosensor for reliable, energy-efficient control of spaces with skylights
The LMLS-600 is the first commercial product to combine open and closed loop daylighting control strategies to prevent unwanted lighting changes, and increase energy savings.

WESCO International and ESFI Bring National Electrical Safety Month to the Workplace
May is National Electrical Safety Month and WESCO International is doing its part to raise awareness about the workplace electrical safety hazards that claim the lives of more than 350 workers each year.

ANSI Electric Vehicles Standards Panel Publishes New Recommendations for EVs and Charging Infrastructure
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) announced the publication of the Standardization Roadmap for Electric Vehicles–Version 2.0, developed by the Institute's Electric Vehicles Standards Panel (EVSP).

Fighting Blackouts: Japan Residential PV and Energy Storage Market Flourishing
In the past, a PV system with battery storage was associated with the off-grid system—not connected to the utility grid. The battery stores the energy produced by the PV system and when the sun goes down, electricity is drawn from the battery. In Japan, the battery became attractive to store electricity from "the grid," to reduce electricity bills.

http://www.nema.org/news/EiExtra/20130520eiXtra.htm

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2013-05-06
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NEMA's eiXtra

May 6, 2013 | Vol. 9

NEMA to Participate in Israeli Smart
Energy Conference

The Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA) logoOn May 22–23, 2013, the Israeli Smart Energy Association (ISEA) will host the second Israeli
Smart Energy Conference at the Dan Panorama Hotel in Tel Aviv, Israel. Confirmed speakers
include executives from the Israel Electric Cooperation, PG&E, IBM, Oracle, NEDO (Japan), SmartGridUK, Lux Research, Silver Spring
Networks, and others.

Paul Molitor, NEMA head of communications, will take part in multiple sessions sharing information about the U.S. ecosystem for Smart Grid and the public-private partnership that has evolved through the NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP). Other session topics include Smart Grid case studies, microgrids, Smart Grid and smart cities, regulations and financing, Smart Grid security, Smart Grid communications, data management and more.

ISEA is a leading Israeli national organization which brings together local and global Smart Energy stakeholders to share knowledge, drive initiatives and build partnerships. Attendees will get a chance to meet with Israeli Energy and ICT companies, and interact with the growing Smart Grid and Energy Efficiency industry in Israel. The event is held in cooperation with the Israeli Export & International Cooperation Institute and Israel NewTech.

“This is a unique opportunity for exposure to innovative Israeli companies and to identify areas for potential cooperation and business development,” Molitor said. “I am honored to participate with such a diverse group of international Smart Grid interests.”

eiXtra subscribers can read more about ISEA, and view an up-to-date agenda for the Smart Energy Conference.

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NEMA News

Energy Storage Conference PartnershipEnergy Storage Conference Partnership
Energy Storage North America (ESNA), which
will be held September 10-12, 2013, in San Jose, California, is North America’s premier energy storage conference and expo. It will focus on applications, customers, and deal-making..
ESNA will connect utilities, developers, and energy users at all levels to strategize, learn about, and shape the market for energy storage
in North America.

UL Warns of Potentially Hazardous Receptacle
UL has issued a notification to consumers, electrical installers, and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJs) that a duplex receptacle referred to as a Universal X-Plug 120-240V Receptacle may pose a fire or shock hazard.

NEMA Welcomes House Approval of Helium Bill and Shifts Focus to Senate
The House’s approval of HR 527, the Responsible Helium Administration and Stewardship Act, by a vote of 394–1, represents a major step toward providing greater assurance to many members.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes ANSI/ANSLG C78.43 American National Standard for Electric Lamps—Single-Ended Metal Halide Lamps
This standard sets forth the physical and electrical requirements for single-ended metal halide lamps operated on 60 Hz ballasts to ensure interchangeability and safety. The standard also provides the basis for electrical requirements for ballasts and ignitors, as well as the lamp-related requirements for luminaires.

Industry News

Eaton Targets Counterfeiting
The effort will focus on the dangers of counterfeit electrical products as part of a broader outreach effort during National Electrical Safety Month this May.

MIT Technology Review recognizes ABB innovation among top 10 technologies
This is an annual list highlighting the top ten breakthrough technologies the editors believe will have the greatest impact on the shape of innovation in the years to come.

Global Intelligence

North American EBCIs Point to Continued Improvement in Business
Conditions in April

NEMA’s April Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American business conditions indicated continued improvement in the business environment, as the index edged up to 66.7 from the 65.9 recorded in March.

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Hot Topics

Smart Grid: A transformative vision
The U.S. economy is healthier today than it has been in recent years, and it is now time to position the country for prosperity. One of the most promising opportunities we have to further bolster the country's economic vitality is to push ahead with electric grid modernization investments that bring the smart grid to reality.
Fierce Smart Grid

Mitsubishi Electric Transformer Factory Opens in Memphis
Mitsubishi Electric Power Products, Inc., a U.S. affiliate of Mitsubishi Electric Corporation, headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, opened its North American transformer factory in Memphis, Tennessee.
Business Wire

 

On the Hill

President Declares May 2013 as Building Safety Month
President Barack Obama has signed a proclamation declaring May as Building Safety Month. “When natural disasters and other hazards put American lives at risk, robust codes and standards for our buildings play an important role in keeping us safe,” the President states in the proclamation.
PR Web

 

International News

CLEAN TECHNOLOGY: U.S.-designed no-emission power plant will debut off China's coast
​Forty years of research and development by Lockheed Martin into harnessing energy from steep differentials in ocean temperatures will see its first commercial deployment in China.
Climate Wire

2013-04-23
Description:

April 23, 2013 | Vol. 8

feature story
NEMA Issues Guidance on Spring Floods

Areas in North Dakota are beginning preparations
in anticipation of the Red River flooding as a result
of spring snowmelt and rain.

“Replacing water-damaged equipment is very important. It’s amazing to see the damage caused
by floodwater contamination and in such a short time,” said Lyle Wergeland, director of inspections, North Dakota State Electrical Board. “The electrical wiring, devices, and equipment in your home were not meant to ever come in contact with water. We would hate to see you work so hard to save your property only to lose it to an electrical fire in the weeks or months after the floodwaters have receded.”

Local electrical inspectors and residents are encouraged to refer to NEMA’s Evaluating Water-Damaged Electrical Equipment publication when assessing electrical equipment that has been submerged.

“It is paramount to those affected by floodwaters to understand the importance of electrical safety when determining whether to recondition, reuse, or replace electrical products that have been damaged,” said NEMA Midwest Field Representative Don Iverson.

Other areas bracing for seasonal flooding include northeastern Oklahoma, Missouri, northern and central Illinois, southern and central Wisconsin, and parts of Lower Michigan.

“NEMA members understand the dangers from flooded electrical equipment which is why we provide the water damage guide to contractors and electrical inspectors at no charge,” said Head of NEMA Communications Paul Molitor. “Safety for both consumers and contractors has to be our first concern when the grid is recharged after a natural disaster,” he added.

For a complimentary hardcopy, contact NEMA Communications.

 NEMA News

NEMA Supports Focus of Shaheen-Portman Energy Efficiency Bill


The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) joined a number of national businesses and labor and environmental organizations in welcoming the reintroduction of the Energy Savings and Industrial Competitiveness Act of 2013 at an event on Capitol Hill.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA SSL 7A-2013 Phase Cut Dimming for Solid State Lighting: Basic Compatibility
This standard provides compatibility requirements when a forward phase cut dimmer is combined with one or more dimmable LED Light Engines (LLEs).

Industry News

Industry Leaders to be Honored at NAED National Meeting
The awards, recognizing individuals and companies that embody the industry's highest standards, will be given during a closing ceremony at the 2013 NAED National Meeting in—Boston on Monday, May 6 from 6:30 to 10 p.m. at the Boston Marriott Copley Place.

Nearing the First Standard for Energy Storage Systems
Production of renewable energy from the sun and wind has grown dramatically. With it, interest has also risen sharply for grid-scale energy storage systems that could help store power when there’s less demand.

Global Intelligence

HID Lamp Shipment Indexes Remain on the Decline During 2012
NEMA’s high intensity discharge (HID) lamp shipment indexes declined for the second consecutive year during 2012.

 U.S. Electrical Grid Could Be Reliable With Much Higher Level Of Renewables
If the U.S. ceases to burn coal, shuts down a quarter of existing nuclear reactors, and trims its use of natural gas by 2050, the resulting increased reliance on wind, solar and other renewables will not result in a less reliable electricity grid, according to a major new report prepared by Synapse Energy Economics, Inc., for the nonprofit Civil Society Institute (CSI).
PR Newswire

NEMA Praises Introduction of Bill to Promote Energy Storage Technologies


National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) endorsed HR 1465, STORAGE 2013, legislation to promote adoption of state-of-the-art energy storage technologies, introduced by Rep. Chris Gibson (R-NY) and Rep. Mike Thompson (D-CA).
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

 International Standard for Solar LED Lanterns Released, Highlighted at CEM4


The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) has released a new technical specification for solar-powered light-emitting diode (LED) lighting devices, such as solar lanterns.
GlobeNewswire

 

2013-02-07
Description:

Motor & Drive Systems 2013 - NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) has proposed the US Department of Energy increase energy efficiency standards for electric motors used in commercial and industrial applications. The proposed standards would take effect January 1, 2015 and impact motor manufacturers and integrators by saving energy, money and increasing domestics exports. Attend Motor & Drive Systems 2013 to hear about the recent efforts in the US to expand the scope of motors and the timeline for implementation that addresses manufacturing and end user needs. The event will also address new motor technologies, discussions comparing and contrasting a wide range of competing technologies, as well as possible technologies that may be used in industrial and commercial applications.

http://www.e-driveonline.com/conferences/

Magnetics 2013 and Motor & Drive Systems 2013 have just released their preliminary programs for the co-located event taking place February 7-8 in Orlando, Fla. Both programs will provide insight into the most important challenges and technical developments emerging in each industry, while providing market forecasts to help your company prepare for what’s ahead.

New for 2013: You can register for either event for the lowest possible rates. You can even register to attend both events with a combo pass to maximize your travel budget.

Check out our newly discounted rates for Magnetics here and for Motor & Drive Systems here.

2013-02-07
Location: Orlando Florida
Description:

United States Expands Motor Efficiency Scope

Rob Boteler - NEMA
John Malinowski - NEMA

http://www.e-driveonline.com/conferences/

Motor & Drive Systems 2013

Will be held February 7-8 in Orlando, Fla., is an international, industry-leading conference focused on the latest growth trends and technical advancements impacting motor and drive systems. Join hundreds of peers and potential business partners and discover how new technologies are improving performance, energy efficiency and providing cost savings in a variety of applications.

This annual conference will feature more than 25 presentations on new motor and drive technologies and design considerations, motion control, power electronics/modules and components. Sessions will also cover market trends and growth areas as well as regulatory and safety issues.

 
What’s New This Year?

- New Motor Technologies & Applications
- OEM Design Engineer Panel
- Magnetic Manufacturer Panel
- Regulatory & Safety Issues
- New Subsystem & Component Development
- Design & Development of Motor & Drive Systems

Who Should Attend?

The event serves technical and management professionals involved in all sectors of motor, drive and motion control technologies including OEMs, end users, integrators and dealers including:

- Equipment OEMs that use AC motors, DC motors and other motion control components in their equipment
- Designers of AC motors, DC motors, drives, uninterruptable power supplies, power modules
- Manufacturers and suppliers of components and assemblies used in power electronics
- Manufacturing, quality and test engineers involved with motors and related power equipment
- Compliance engineers testing and qualifying motors and related equipment

This conference provides the best forum to learn from leading motor and drive system manufacturers on new technologies entering the market and what’s ahead.

 

2012-08-23
Description:

 

NEMA and Energy Efficiency Advocates Petition for Energy Efficiency Standards for Electric Motors

August 23, 2012

Power Channels: Energy Efficiency, Smart Grid Power

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), its members who manufacture electric motors, and several other groups filed a petition August 15 with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recommending both new and more robust energy efficiency standards for the types of electric motors used in commercial and industrial applications such as pumps, conveyors, and fans. It asks that the standards, if adopted by the end of this year, be effective January 1, 2015.

Petitioners include the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the Appliance Standards Awareness Project (ASAP), Earthjustice, Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), Alliance to Save Energy (ASE), Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance, Northeast Energy Efficiency Partnerships, and Northwest Power and Conservation Council.

The petition is the culmination of two years of discussions among the groups. DOE was mandated to review motor efficiency to make a determination on increased efficiency requirements by the end of this year.

NEMA motor manufacturers approached ACEEE to discuss a proactive approach that would save energy and eliminate exemptions for many motor types not previously covered by U.S. standards. In addition to increasing national energy savings, the petitioners’ recommendations to curtail current exemptions will simplify enforcement and severely limit opportunities to evade regulations.

The petition increases standards for some motors and significantly increases the scope of motors that will now be covered by efficiency standards. According to DOE’s own analysis, these new standards would save about 4.4 quadrillion Btus of energy by 2044---more energy than the entire state of Florida uses in a year. The standards recommended will also save motor purchasers more than $18 billion over that span.

NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis hailed this petition and the collaboration as a tremendous step between manufacturers and energy efficiency advocates to advance policy and regulation in a responsible and meaningful way.

"We expect this recommendation will enhance competition by establishing a level playing field for all manufacturers and enhance domestic export opportunities as motor efficiency standards become globally harmonized," Gaddis said.

According to Neal Elliott, ACEEE Associate Director for Research, the consensus process through which this recommendation was developed reflects how the standards process can benefit all stakeholders.

"Motors use about half of all U.S. electricity, so motor efficiency really matters. Working together with the motor manufacturers, we’ve developed a proposal that will deliver major energy and economic savings for motor purchasers and protect the environment."

2011-04-08
Location: Arlington, VA
Description:

The field of Low-Voltage Direct Current is becoming more and more significant. It is being produced already by photovoltaics (solar cells) and other distributed generation systems. It is being developed for lighting systems and considered for IT Server Farms. Many consumer, industrial and commercial devices are already powered by LVDC with the need for conversion power supplies to change the voltage from wall sockets. The IEC, a key international standards development body, has established projects to establish requirements and provide guidance to technical committees for addressing source, distribution and utilization equipment for LVDC. To address the state of the art, examine the driving forces and to prognosticate about the future of LVDC, a Workshop will be held at the Hilton Crystal City hotel in Arlington, Virginia. Experts from industry, utilities, government authorities and other fields will be speakers. Interested individuals from all of those areas are also invited to attend. We would very much appreciate your help in spreading the word by providing the attached updated flyer to your members or other contacts so that the date can be saved on their calendars for this important event. An on-line registration site is now available and provided in the flyer. Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. Best Regards, Al Scolnik Vice President NEMA Technical Services 703.841.3282 alv_scolnik@nema.org

Application: Motors
NEMA Premium Motors - Start year: : 2003
Description:

Energy efficiency motors program established by the member companies of the NEMA Motor and Genera

Notes:

NEMA Releases Specification on NEMA Premium Motors - 16 Jun 2003
NEMA issued the publication General Specification for Consultants -- Industrial and Municipal: NEMA Premium Efficiency Electric Motors (600 Volts or Less) which is intended to outline the minimum requirements for three-phase AC induction motors applied to municipal and industrial/commercial applications for operation on voltages 600 volts or less, rated 500 horsepower or less, operating more than 2000 hours per year at greater than 75 percent full-load. This is the first specification developed to assist users and system designers in specifying the use of NEMA Premium electric motors.

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NEMA has led the way to improved electric motor efficiency. The industry created the first motor energy efficiency standards in 1987, which were incorporated into national federal law in 1992. In 2003, NEMA established a NEMA Premium® energy efficiency motors program to provide highly energy efficient products that meet the needs and applications of users and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) based on a consensus definition of "premium efficiency" and use of the NEMA Premium® logo for premium products.

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