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October 21, 2013 | Vol. 20

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NEMA to Honor Kite & Key Award Winners at Illuminations Weekend

Michael Babiak Director of Technology, Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc.Michael Babiak, Director of Technology
Energizer Battery Manufacturing, Inc.

Michael Babiak, who began his employment with Energizer in 1974, currently serves as chair of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) ASC C18 on Portable Cells and Batteries and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) TC35 on Primary Cells and Batteries. He is recognized as a certified quality engineer by the American Society for Quality Control. Mr. Babiak will retire at the end of this year having been involved with standardization activities and NEMA for more than 40 years. During that time he participated in more than two dozen NEMA product sections and other technical activities, most recently as the chair of the NEMA Dry Battery Section.

Alexander McMillan Director, Global Standards & Trade, Rockwell AutomationAlexander McMillan, Director
Global Standards & Trade, Rockwell Automation

Alec McMillan leads Rockwell Automation’s standards and trade programs in support of the company’s global interests. Mr. MacMillan has represented the U.S. as a member and leader of delegations to the IEC, Pacific Area Standards Congress, Pan-American Standards Commission, and Transatlantic Business Dialogue. He served as vice president of finance for the U.S. National Committee of the IEC, and sits on several ANSI and IEC committees. He is a long-standing member of the NEMA Standards and Conformity Assessment Policy Committee. Additionally, he actively participates in standards education, primarily through Northwestern University Center for Technology Innovation Management and ANSI.

The Kite and Key Award was established in 1987 to recognize individuals who have advanced the interest of the electroindustry through active and sustained involvement in NEMA activities. The 2013 awards will be presented November 9, 2013 during NEMA’s 87th annual meeting, Illuminations Weekend.

Learn more at www.nema.org/KandK-2013.

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The Defense Energy Summit, which will be held November 11-13, 2013, in Austin, Texas, is an exciting gathering of the nation’s energy, business, and defense leadership focusing on how to accelerate clean energy and infrastructure solutions for the DOD. NEMA President and CEO Evan Gaddis will host a panel of NEMA member experts in energy-efficient and high-performance building systems, microgrids, on-site generation integration, and energy storage systems in order to detail how existing technologies can help the military meet its energy needs in an efficient, reliable, and flexible manner. 

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Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes NEMA LSD 67-2013 Low Mercury Controllable Fluorescent Systems
NEMA LSD 67 discusses technical tradeoffs associated with reduced mercury dosing in fluorescent lighting systems and their environmental impacts. NEMA members are committed to providing fluorescent lighting systems that allow lamps to be controlled to save energy, while reducing the mercury content in the lamps to the extent that it is technically possible without sacrificing functionality.

Industry News

Siemens Partners with Bechtel and AECOM to Win Four Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity Contracts for U.S. Army’s $7 Billion Renewable and Alternative Energy Power Production Program
The $7 billion contract capacity will be expended for PPAs to procure energy during a period of up to 30 years from renewable energy generation systems that are designed, financed, constructed, operated and maintained by contractors using private sector financing.

Global Intelligence

Sustained Growth in T5 Fluorescent Lamp Shipments
The index grew by 2.6 percent compared to the previous quarter and 13.3 percent on a year-over-year (y/y) basis. Shipments of T8 lamps during 2013Q2 retreated from a near record high posted in 2013Q1, decreasing by 5.3 percent. Still, the T8 index increased 15.7 percent y/y.

SGIP Inaugural Meeting | November 5-7, 2013 | PGA National Resort and Spa, Palm Beach Gardens, FL | www.sgip.org/sgip-inaugural-conference-2 | Registration Code: NEMASG1 for SGIP members or NEMASG2 for non-SGIP members NEMA Illuminations Weekend | November 8-9, 2013 | The Breakers Hotel, Palm Beach, FL | www.nema.org/illuminations | Registration Code: SGNEMA
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