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Strategic Initiatives


The NEMA Strategic Initiatives Program was established to seize emerging market opportunities, solve impending challenges, and address issues involving multiple NEMA product sections and divisions. Each year, the NEMA Board of Governors approves a new suite of Strategic Initiatives, each of which will have a lifespan of 1–4 years. Participation in NEMA Strategic Initiatives is open to all NEMA Members. Contact Patrick Hughes or the NEMA staff listed for each Strategic Initiative to find our more or to get involved.

Submit your ideas for 2017 Strategic Initiatives today​​​

2015 Strategic Initiatives

Advancing Safety and Innovation through Building Codes

An initiative to preserve the three-year energy and safety code adoption cycle in the face of a growing trend to extend code adoption cycles to five, six, or even nine years. Extending the code adoption cycle delays the dissemination of proven safety products and slows advancements in energy efficiency. Specific objectives of the strategic initiative are: (1) maintenance of three-year code adoption cycles through coalition building and advocacy; (2) adoption and enforcement of the most current electrical, life safety, building, and energy codes; and (3) communication of key developments to NEMA members and other stakeholders. Contact Michael Belitzky to get involved.

Grid Modernization

The Grid Modernization Strategic Initiative consists of four components:

  • Cybersecurity and Physical Security Threats: To secure the electroindustry supply chain from cyber and physical security threats—focusing on industry supply chain guidelines, an information portal for physical security, and liability protection when sharing cyber threat information. Contact Steve Griffith to get involved.
  • Energy Storage Systems: To launch a new energy storage systems section which aims to reduce testing and manufacturing costs through standards, and to remove market barriers through harmonization. Contact Ryan Franks to get involved.
  • International Harmonization: To protect NEMA Members' interests in international grid modernization, smart energy, and communications standards. Contact Gene Eckhart to get involved.
  • Microgrids: To resolve vague, conflicting, and unfavorable regulations in various jurisdictions, and to provide NEMA members with a voice in international standards development processes. Contact Ryan Franks to get involved.

High-Performance Buildings

An initiative to promote the adoption of high-performance technologies and systems that increase the energy efficiency, safety, sustainability, and security of government-owned, commercial, and multi-family buildings. Activities focus on adoption of municipal energy efficiency policies to incentivize the installation of energy-efficient products in buildings; providing building-owners with educational resources on how to achieve greater efficiencies and save money; and the adoption of favorable provisions in building codes and standards. Contact Paul Rodriguez to get involved.

Medicare Marketplace Policy Development

This initiative seeks to develop a policy that will recognize diagnostic imaging as integral to patient care, affirming the value of the "right scan at the right time for the right patient" as appropriate for medical imaging payments. Contact Peter Weems to get involved.

Smart Cities

An initiative to explore the market potential of the city as a "system of systems" connecting the energy, water, transportation, buildings, and communications sectors. This initiative seeks to ensure that NEMA Members' interests are protected as domestic and international bodies develop codes, standards, regulations, and rating systems for smart cities. Contact Ryan Franks to get involved.

Smart Cities: Energy and Water

An initiative to quantify the energy efficiency of water supply, delivery, and treatment systems; to analyze the market potential to improve efficiency by using member products; and to evaluate the viability of energy savings performance contracts and other finance vehicles for energy efficiency upgrades to water systems. Contact Alex Boesenberg to get involved.

2016 Strategic Initiatives

Exploration and Assessment of Building Materials

To explore how product and building materials impact NEMA Members. Contact Andrei Moldoveanu to get involved.

Internet of Things

An initiative to explore the market potential of the Internet of Things—growing network of physical objects embedded with electronics, software, sensors and/or connectivity to enable greater value/service by exchanging data with the manufacturer, operator and other connected devices— including a specific focus on connectivity standards, privacy issues, and cybersecurity challenges. Contact Steve Griffith and Ryan Franks to get involved.

Medicare Marketplace Policy Development: Intensity of Intervention

An initiative to identify the value of medical imaging with respect to early, accurate diagnosis to reduce the intensity of intervention. This will involve analysis of different disease states and how timing and accuracy of diagnosis affects the intensity of downstream clinical intervention. Contact Peter Weems to get involved.

Smart Cities

The Smart Cities Strategic Initiative contains four components:

  • Energy and Water: An initiative to quantify the energy efficiency of water supply, delivery, and treatment systems; to analyze the market potential to improve efficiency by using member products; and to evaluate the viability of energy savings performance contracts and other finance vehicles for energy efficiency upgrades to water systems. Contact Alex Boesenberg to get involved.
  • Smart Cities: An initiative to explore the market potential of the city as a "system of systems" connecting the energy, water, transportation, buildings, and communications sectors. This initiative seeks to ensure that NEMA Members' interests are protected as domestic and international bodies develop codes, standards, regulations, and rating systems for smart cities. Contact Ryan Franks to get involved.
  • High-Performance Buildings: An initiative to promote the adoption of high-performance technologies and systems that increase the energy efficiency, safety, sustainability, and security of government-owned, commercial, and multi-family buildings. Activities focus on adoption of municipal energy efficiency policies to incentivize the installation of energy-efficient products in buildings; providing building-owners with educational resources on how to achieve greater efficiencies and save money; and the adoption of favorable provisions in building codes and standards. Contact Paul Rodriguez, Program Manager, to get involved.
  • Urban Lighting Systems: To conduct an analysis of new market opportunities and new standards regimes for lighting systems, or other vertical components of smart cities. Contact Maria Northup to get involved.

2017 Strategic Initiatives

Submissions for 2017 Strategic Initiatives are requested by December 31, 2015, but will remain open through February 29, 2016. Submit your ideas instantly online through this form, or contact Patrick Hughes.

 

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