National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) commended the President’s Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force for setting the goal of reconstructing in a way that makes the region more resilient and better able to withstand future storms in its
Sandy Rebuilding Strategy report.
“NEMA has been promoting a ‘rebuild smart’ message since Superstorm Sandy hit the Northeast last fall,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “Our industry led the effort in urging Congress to authorize Sandy aid funds for installation of Smart Grid and other technologies that mitigate future power outages and protect lives, homes and businesses.”
According to Gaddis, 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,” he said.
NEMA member companies responded in January by publishing
Rebuild Smart, a resource book and website. The guide describes key technologies for smart rebuilding including Smart Grid solutions; microgrids, energy storage and decentralized generation; backup generation; wiring, cabling, and components that can stand-up to storm and water surge; and appropriate relocation of equipment.
Electroindustry groups who will be examining the task force’s 69 policy recommendation include NEMA’s Smart Grid, High Performance Buildings, and Energy Storage councils; power equipment, wiring devices, and building systems divisions; emerging technologies panel; and the policy and strategy committee of NEMA’s Board of Governors.
NEMA is the association of electrical equipment and medical imaging manufacturers, founded in 1926 and headquartered in Rosslyn, Virginia. Nearly 400 members strong, its companies manufacture a diverse set of products including power transmission and distribution equipment, lighting systems, factory automation and control systems, and medical diagnostic imaging systems. Total U.S. shipments for electroindustry products exceed $100 billion annually.
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