December 3, 2012 | Vol. 23
Utility Regulators Adopt Policy Resolution Supporting Electric Vehicles
by Deana Dennis of NEMA
As part of NEMA’s state affairs outreach, we’re pleased to report a win for the electric vehicle (EV) industry. On November 14, during its 124th annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) adopted a policy resolution focused on expanding the electric and alternative-fuel vehicle (AFV) market.
Prior to the meeting, NEMA state government relations staff worked closely with state commissioners and NARUC leadership to include suggestions and language that were favorable to the electroindustry. These suggestions were based on the state policy piece developed by the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Section’s government relations committee and approved by the full section during NEMA’s Illuminations Weekend on November 8.
The resolution recognizes the role that electricity can play as a transportation fuel by removing regulatory barriers.
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Holiday Safety Tips from ESFI
Keep decorations and all combustible materials at least three feet away from heat sources, including space heaters and fireplaces.
More than half of all home heating fire deaths result from heating equipment being too close to things that can burn.
Medical Device Tax
On January 1, 2013, the IRS will impose a new $29 billion excise tax on companies producing innovative medical devices that are crucial to effective and efficient health care.
Grid-Interop to Drive Strategic Plan for SG Interoperability
In partnership with the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Grid-Interop will tackle key issues related to utilities’ Smart Grid deployments.
3M Completes Acquisition of Ceradyne
The combination of Ceradyne and 3M will enable new technologies and innovation
for uniquely tailored materials requiring advanced ceramics.
Agfa HealthCare launches new IMPAX REM1, for Radiation Exposure Monitoring
IMPAX REM provides an automated way to collect, organize and analyze a patient's radiation exposure data.
EBCI for Current North American Business Conditions Climbs to Highest in Seven Months in November
The survey’s measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions also reversed course in November. At +0.4, up from -0.1 in October, it reached
positive territory for the first time in six months.
Market Comments by Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson, Ph.D., President Oppenheimer Asset Management, shares his take on the economy in a weekly column Market Comments, which is republished here each Monday. His column provides a quick summary of key economic data releases from the previous week as well as insight about likely developments in financial markets. read more...
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GAO Sees Changes in Coal-Fired Electricity Generation
Retirements of older units, retrofits of existing units with pollution controls, and the construction of some new coal-fueled units are expected to significantly change the coal-fueled electricity generating fleet, making it capable of emitting lower levels of pollutants than the current fleet but reducing its future electricity generating capacity.
Smart Grid Execs Zero in on Energy Storage, DG and Microgrids
According to results of a just-released survey commissioned by IEEE, executives believe energy storage, distributed generation and microgrids are both fueling and feeding off of the smart grid engine.
White House moves on Cybersecurity
The Obama administration is crafting an executive order designed to keep the country’s most important digital systems safe from hackers and spies—a new regulatory burden sure to make many in industry recoil.
PNM Seeking Renewable Energy Projects For 2015
Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM), New Mexico's largest electric utility, has issued a request for proposals (RFP) for renewable energy projects that will decrease its dependence on fossil fuels and help the company meet state renewable energy mandates.
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