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March 4, 2013 | Vol. 5

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NEMA Releases Comprehensive Publication on Rebuilding Smart Following Storms

Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart - Reduce Outages, Save Lives, Protect PropertyThe National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart to assist federal, state, and local policymakers with solutions to harden the nation’s electric grid, improve its resilience to withstand and recover from severe weather, and improve energy efficiency.

“Severe weather, most recently Superstorm Sandy, coupled with an aging and overstressed electrical infrastructure is having a dramatic impact on the U.S. population. Sixteen states experienced outages during Sandy,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “The core principal of any major reconstruction effort should be to rebuild smart—ensuring that reconstruction funds maximize the deployment of technologies to mitigate future power outages, protect lives and property, and improve energy efficiency.”

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.

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NEMA/IEEC Testify on Benefits of Industrial Energy-Efficient Technologies
The House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Energy and Power heard
about industry’s successes and challenges in making the industrial sector more energy efficient.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes ANSI-Approved AB 3-2013 Molded Case Circuit Breakers and
Their Application

ANSI/NEMA AB 3-2013 covers molded case circuit breakers and molded case switches, single-pole and multi-pole, fused and unfused, and their accessories.

Industry News

MIT Technology Review names ABB on its list of Top 50 global innovators
MIT Technology Review, the official science and technology journal of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), named ABB to its 2013 list of top 50 global innovators.

Global Intelligence

North American EBCIs Continue to Flash Strongly Positive Signals in February
NEMA’s February Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current
North American business conditions again pointed toward widespread
improvement in the business environment facing electrical equipment
manufacturers, with the overall index steady in February at 73.8, matching its
highest post-recession mark.

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China Takes the Initiative as World Smart Grid Sales Climbed 30% in 2012
World smart grid sales at installed prices climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012, a growth of 30% on 2011 as China took the lead, according to Memoori's latest report. However, the market is rather unbalanced because the share taken by AMI was around 40%; whilst its potential market value over the full 20 year program to deliver a complete smart grid, will be no more than 9%.
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