The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commends President Obama’s recent creation of a task force that will advise the administration on how communities can strengthen the resilience of their infrastructure.
NEMA has been promoting options for smart rebuilding since Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast last fall.
“Our industry was at the forefront of efforts urging Congress to authorize Sandy aid funds for installation of Smart Grid and other technologies that mitigate the impact of future power outages,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis.
“We look forward to working with the new task force and providing technical support on resilient electrical infrastructure. We urge this vital effort be strengthened through a productive collaboration of government and industry.”
According to Gaddis, resilient and reliable power is critical for first responders, communications, healthcare, transportation, financial systems, water and waste-water treatment, emergency food and shelter, and other vital services.
“When smart technologies are in place, power outages are avoided and lives, homes, and businesses are protected,” he said.
NEMA member companies responded in January 2013 by publishing
Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart, a user-friendly resource book and website. The guide describes key technologies and strategies for smart rebuilding including Smart Grid solutions; microgrids, energy storage, and decentralized generation; backup generation; wiring, cabling, and components that can withstand storm and water surge; and appropriate relocation of equipment.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Nearly 400 members strong, its companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical imaging and radiation therapy systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.