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NEMA American National Standards Committee on Energy Storage Accredited


7/24/2014 9:15 AM

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) received notice from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) that the NEMA-sponsored Committee on Energy Storage Systems was approved by the ANSI Executive Standards Council and is now an Accredited Standards Committee (ACS).

This notice comes at the end of a multi-month review period by ANSI, including the consideration of public comment on the formation of this committee and follows NEMA’s organization of this group in December 2013.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, this development further establishes NEMA as the nexus of development of codes, standards, and regulations within the energy storage system industry. The committee, which must approve all standards for which a developer is seeking ANSI approval, functions within a defined scope:

“This committee will approve and write documents which detail the terminology, testing, measurement, and evaluation criteria with which to express the performance, planning and installation parameters, and safety and environmental requirements of energy storage systems. An energy storage system includes the storage device or medium and any power conversion systems and integral battery or energy management systems through the point of common coupling. The energy storage systems covered by the scope of this committee must be stationary and grid-connected. The tests, measurements, and evaluation criteria developed must be applicable to more than one type or category of system or energy storage medium.”

“Standardized methods to assess the safety and performance of energy storage systems are crucial to accelerating their adoption,” Gaddis said.

NEMA Technical Program Manager Ryan Franks added that developing American National Standards in this field will help mitigate the risks to investors and insurers, and ultimately drive down costs, simultaneously driving up energy storage procurement.

Contact Ryan Franks at ryan.franks@nema.org to learn more about or join this committee.

ANSI has served as administrator and coordinator of the U.S. private sector voluntary standardization system for more than 90 years. Founded in 1918 by five engineering societies and three government agencies, it remains a private, nonprofit membership organization supported by a diverse constituency of private and public sector organizations.

​NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Its nearly 400 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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Phallan K. Davis
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