January 22, 2013 | Vol. 2
John Caskey Appointed to Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee
NEMA has announced the appointment of one of its vice presidents to a new Department of Energy (DOE) advisory committee on appliance standards and rulemaking.
John Caskey, Assistant Vice President of Industry Operations and Director of the Power Equipment Division, was named by Secretary of Energy Steven Chu on January 16 to the Appliance Standards and Rulemaking Federal Advisory Committee (ASRAC).
ASRAC represents energy efficiency/environmental advocacy groups, developers of appliance and commercial equipment standards, manufacturers and trade associations, utilities, and consumers. It provides advice and recommendations related to:
Mr. Caskey developed and managed the first phase of NEMA’s Smart Grid program and currently serves as vice chair of SGIP 2.0 Board of Directors and chair of SGIP 2.0 Technical Committee. He has supported various Smart Grid activities at DOE, National Institute of Standards and Technology, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Edison Electric Institute, Electric Power Research Institute, the Institute for Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and Power and Energy Society. He also served as chairman of the Smart Grid Task Force for IEEE Surge Protective Devices Committee. He holds a BS in physics and a master’s in energy technology and engineering.
- development of minimum efficiency standards for residential appliances and commercial equipment
- development of product test procedures
- certification and enforcement of standards
- labeling for various residential products and commercial equipment
- other specific issues of concern to DOE, as requested
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DOE Publishes Interim Energy Storage Standard
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NREL Teams Up on Three ARPA-E Projects to Optimize Electric Vehicle Battery Management and Controls
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Market Comments by Tom Robinson
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Offshore Wind Transmission Project Selects Bechtel, Alstom to Build Historic Project
The Atlantic Wind Connection, developer of the New Jersey Energy Link, the first offshore backbone electricity transmission system proposed in the United States, announced January 17 that it has selected major construction and design firm Bechtel as its Engineering, Procurement, and Construction Contractor and international power equipment supplier Alstom as its HVDC technical advisor for this first phase of the historic Atlantic Wind Connection project.
Energy policy: Getting rid of the party lines
In his election night speech, President Obama called for a new era of bipartisanship to work through some of the immediate issues facing our nation–the fiscal cliff, unemployment rates, the economy, our energy dilemma.
U.S.-Turkey Smart Grid Smart Grid Workshop in Istanbul
The U.S. Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) is sponsoring a two-day workshop on February 12-13, 2013 at the Conrad Istanbul in Istanbul, Turkey to foster U.S. – Turkish partnerships for state-of-the-art electricity transmission and distribution projects throughout Turkey.
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