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Electrical Submeter

‚ÄčElectrical Submeter Section includes submeters and associated data acquisition and communications equipment.

Scope (Excerpt)

Submeters are electrical metering devices and associated data acquisition and communication equipment that are connected downstream from the utility meter and provide details of energy use for one or more electrical loads and/or one or more portions of the facility.  Such equipment is rated at not more than 600V AC.

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Technical Activities

Standards play a vital part in the design, production, and distribution of products destined for both national and international commerce.  

Sound technical standards benefit the user, as well as the manufacturer, by improving safety, bringing about economies in product, eliminating misunderstandings between manufacturer and purchaser, and assisting the pur-chaser in selecting and obtaining the proper product for his particular need.

NEMA devotes much of its time, effort, and resources to voluntary standardization activities. NEMA standards are offered and recommended to become American National Standards under the procedures of the American National Standards Institute, usually under the canvass method. This decision rests with the particular subdivision or subdivisions concerned. 

NEMA standards are also often submitted for consideration as IEC standards components or references. It is the intent of the association to continue its support of these, and many more, activities as the best method to continue providing sound and safe electrical products for the use of all.

Government Relations

Through NEMA, the section develops industry positions on legislative and regulatory initiatives that may affect member products, markets, and customers. NEMA's work has resulted in contributions to public policy development and in promoting competitiveness, technological progress, and public safety.

NEMA supports public policies that promote the adoption of submeters for energy management and tenant billing. Policymakers at the federal, state, and local levels should:

  • Require large buildings to measure, monitor, record, and display energy consumption data for each energy source and end use category in a facility to enable effective energy management; and
  • Properly regulate submeters in instances where they are being used to allocate utility bills to tenants.

Market Economics

Through NEMA, member companies are able to develop and implement tailored, industry-specific market and statistical programs that benefit participating companies. Reports may include:

  • Product orders and sales
  • Market forecasting
  • Shipments by trading areas
  • Channels of distribution
  • Financial and operating ratios
  • Wages and benefits
  • Foreign trade

The association also conducts economic analyses on the impact of legislation and regulations on member products, and monitors and reports on key industry market indicators. All programs comply with NEMA statistical confidentiality policies. For more information, please see NEMA/BIS.


Membership in NEMA is open to any firm actively engaged in the manufacture in North America of a product within the NEMA scope and for sale in the open market. Membership of foreign firms is subject to product section policies and NEMA Board of Governors approval.

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