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Strategic Initiatives


The NEMA Strategic Initiatives Program was established in 2007 to seize emerging market opportunities and solve impending challenges facing multiple NEMA product sections and divisions. On an annual basis, the NEMA Board of Governors approves a new suite of Strategic Initiatives, each of which will have a lifespan of 1–4 years. Participation in NEMA Strategic Initiatives is open to all NEMA Members. Contact Patrick Hughes to find our more or to get involved.

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​2020 Strategic Initiatives

The proposal submission deadline for 2020 Strategic Initiatives is December 31, 2018. If you have an idea for something that NEMA should be working on, you can submit your ideas instantly online through this form, or contact Patrick Hughes.​

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2019 Strategic Initiatives

Digitalization and the Internet of Things

  • Augmented Reality in the Electroindustry
    To publish an electroindustry-tailored whitepaper of use cases, opportunities, and shortcomings of augmented reality, and to demonstrate how the unique functionality of augmented reality can be used to improve compliance with codes and standards.
  • Blockchain Technical Guidance for the Electroindustry
    To develop technical industry guidance detailing use cases (e.g., reliability, resilience, distributed energy resources, transportation) and best practices for the use of blockchain in electrical products and systems.
  • Digitalization of Construction Projects with Building Information Modeling (BIM)
    To develop technical industry guidance to promote the use of building information modeling (BIM) systems in building construction, which will increase efficiency throughout the entire lifecycle of a construction project.
  • Smart Manufacturing/Industrial IoT
    To include NEMA priorities on smart manufacturing and the Industrial Internet of Things in Standards and government policies.

Electrification

  • Electrified Agriculture
    To promote the safe and efficient use of electricity in modern agricultural practices.

Environment and Materials

  • Additive Manufacturing/3D Printing Material Certification
    To provide industry guidance on use cases, safety concerns, and standardization gaps, to advocate for the appropriate certification of additive manufacturing materials, and to advocate for increased federal research and development funding.
  • Materials in Products and Buildings/Circular Economy
    To assess the lifecycle impact of certain materials, identify future regulatory issues, and promote successful recycling programs..

Market Development

  • Future of Standards
    To modernize and accelerate the development process for NEMA Standards and other technical documents.
  • Seismic Activity Standards
    To create an industry-developed standard to define product-specific guidelines for seismic qualification of electrical equipment to commercial building codes, and to create and advocate for seismic building code provisions.

Medical Imaging

  • Cybersecurity
    To identify legislative and regulatory policies that would promote cybersecurity protection of medical imaging equipment, and to convene a stakeholder group (inclusive of larger hospital systems) to advocate for mutual policy objectives.

Smart Cities

  • Building Rating and Labeling Feasibility Study
    To determine the feasibility of establishing one or multiple commercial and/or residential building rating and labeling systems to promote the adoption of above-code energy-efficient, safe, reliable, and sustainable electric products.

Workforce Development

  • Industry Promotion Toolkit
    To promote the use of the NEMA digital workforce development toolkit (including video content and online distribution platform) that will help Members promote the benefits of a career in electromanufacturing to middle school and high school students. 
  • Pre-Apprenticeship Program
    To assist Members in establishing a pre-apprenticeship program in collaboration with their local high schools. NEMA will provide training on how to implement a program, as well as best practices for company apprenticeship programs.


Past NEMA Strategic Initiatives

​2018
  • ​Internet of Things
    • Cybersecurity
    • Data Privacy and Ownership
    • Smart Manufacturing/Industrial IoT
    • Webinar Series on IoT Trends
  • Smart Cities
    • Grid Modernization Analysis
    • Energy Efficiency Modeling of Industrial and Building Systems
  • Medical Imaging
    • Lung, Breast, and Colorectal Cancer Screening
  • Workforce Development
    • Educating the Electrical Workforce
​​​2017 ​
  • Internet of Things
  • Market Development
    • Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in States
    • Electrical Safety Information Analysis
    • Import Enforcement of Product Regulations
  • Smart Cities
    • Connected Transportation
    • Direct Current in Buildings
    • Microgrids
  • Value of Medical Imaging
  • Workforce Development

NEMA Members can download the 2017 Strategic Initiatives Annual Report

​​​2016 ​
  • ​Exploration and Assessment of Building Materials
  • Internet of Things
    • Architectures
    • Cybersecurity
    • Privacy
  • Medicare Marketplace Policy Development: In​tensity of Intervention
  • Smart Cities
    • Energy and Water
    • High-Performance Buildings
    • Connected Lighting Systems

NEMA Members can download the 2016 Strategic Initiatives Annual Report

​2015
  • Advancing Safety and Innovation through Building Codes
  • Grid Modernization
    • Cybersecurity and Physical Security Threa​ts
    • Energy Storage Systems
    • International Harmonization
    • Microgrids
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Medicare Marketplace Policy Development
  • Smart Cities
    • Energy and Water

NEMA Members can download the 2015 Strategic Initiatives Annual Report

2014
  • Advancing Safety and Innovation through Building Codes
  • Grid Modernization
    • Energy Storage Systems
    • International Harmonization
    • Smart Grid Interoperability Panel 2.0
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Public Relations
  • Smart Cities
    • Energy and Water
  • Tax Reform
2013
  • Advancing Safety and Innovation through Building Codes
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Tax Reform
2012
  • Carbon Footprint of Electrical Products
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Intelligence Portal
  • Low-Voltage Direct Current
2011
  • Carbon Footprint of Electrical Products
  • High-Performance Buildings
  • Port Electrification
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization
2010
  • Energy Storage Systems
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization
  • Transmission Corridors
2009
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization
2008
  • Anti-Counterfeiting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Global Initiative
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization
​2007​
  • Anti-Counterfeiting
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Smart Grid/Grid Modernization


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