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Wednesday, February 22, 2012
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Health Commissioner Says Smart Meters Are Safe
by Chrissy Skudera, NEMA

Smart MeterRecent comments from public officials note the safety of smart meters.

Commissioner Dr. Harry Chen of the Vermont Department of Health supported the claim that radio frequency (RF) emissions from smart meters are not a health concern. Dr. Chen’s opinion also coincides with those by the National Research Council of the National Academy of Science, the Maine Center for Disease Prevention, the California Council on Science and Technology, the Monterey County Health Department, and the Federal Communications Commission.

According to a CBS News report, Dr. Chen stated that “smart meters emit well less than one percent of the radiation emitted by cell phones, and they're not often held right next to the head.” He also added that “people are not likely to be exposed to measureable amounts of radio frequency radiation from smart meters.”

In addition, Health Canada published a report in December 2011 which stated that "exposure to RF energy from smart meters does not pose a public health risk."

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American National Standard to Improve Energy Efficiency
Thanks to the efforts of American National Standards Institute (ANSI) members and accredited standards developers ASHRAE, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) and the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), a newly revised American National Standard (ANS) is helping to improve energy efficiency and pave the way to a more sustainable energy future.
—Thomas Net News

Brookhaven National Laboratory Joins Smart Grid Comsumer Collaborative
Brookhaven Lab is extremely pleased to now be a part of this broad collaboration that will help develop strategies to improve reliability and reduce losses on our electric grid, said Brookhaven Associate Lab Director for Global and Regional Solutions Gerald Stokes.
—U.S. Department of Energy (DOE)

Brain Scans May One Day Be Used to Predict Dementia
Using brain scans, researchers were able to monitor mental decline over a two-year period in people without dementia and even predict the disorder before it happened, according to a new report.
—U.S. News/HealthDay

Thermal Storage Gets More Solar on the Grid
It's 4:45 on a sweltering August afternoon, and the rooftop solar panels are starting to lose juice. The sun's lower angles and that huge cottonwood tree are interfering with the efficient photon-to-electricity transfer.
—National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL)

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On the Hill/Around the Nation

Smart Energy Act: Section-by-Section Summary
The following is a summary of the Smart Energy Act (H.R. 4017), which was introduced on February 14, 2012  by Reps. Bass (R-N.H.), Matheson (D-Utah), Dold (R-Ill.), Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.), Welch (D-Vt.) and Barrow (D-Ga.), to promote efficient energy use in the federal and private sectors.
—The Alliance to Save Energy

NEMA Supports Smart Energy Act
NEMA, the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, welcomed the introduction of the Smart Energy Act (HR 4017) as a step toward reducing energy consumption in the U.S. and moving toward greater energy independence.
—National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)

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International News

WETEX 2012—Water, Energy & Environment Technologies Exhibition- Inclusion of Fossil Fuels (Oil, Gas & Coal) & Smartech
Dates: 13–15 March 2012
Location: Dubai International Convention & Exhibition Center, Dubai-UAE
Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA) annually organizes a very important B2B trade fair called WETEX in Dubai, which is traditionally known for its high reach among the decision makers of the entire spectrum of public utility companies in the UAE and GCC alike. The 14th edition of WETEX is being organized at the Dubai International Exhibition Center from 13th to 15th March, 2012.
—Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (DEWA)

Global Partnership Korea 2012
Date: June 13-15, 2012
Location: Korea
Description: The focus of GP Korea 2012 is to help overseas companies meet Korean companies to form Joint ventures, Joint R&D partnerships, Technology transfer and Outsourcing arrangements.

A few of the benefits of the event for your members include:

  • A cost effective way to meet decision makers of leading Korean companies on a 1-to-1 basis.
  • Over 30000 Korean companies are registered in the program, ranging from large multinationals to SMEs with cutting edge technology
  • Financial assistance for airfare and accommodation can be made available*
  • If R&D partnerships are agreed, a funding grant from the Korean government may be available*
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