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December 3, 2012 | Vol. 23

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Utility Regulators Adopt Policy Resolution Supporting Electric Vehicles
by Deana Dennis of NEMA

EVSE PlugAs part of NEMA’s state affairs outreach, we’re pleased to report a win for the electric vehicle (EV) industry.  On November 14, during its 124th annual meeting in Baltimore, Maryland, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) adopted a policy resolution focused on expanding the electric and alternative-fuel vehicle (AFV) market.

Prior to the meeting, NEMA state government relations staff worked closely with state commissioners and NARUC leadership to include suggestions and language that were favorable to the electroindustry.  These suggestions were based on the state policy piece developed by the Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE) Section’s government relations committee and approved by the full section during NEMA’s Illuminations Weekend on November 8.

The resolution recognizes the role that electricity can play as a transportation fuel by removing regulatory barriers.

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Grid-Interop to Drive Strategic Plan for SG Interoperability
In partnership with the GridWise Architecture Council (GWAC), Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Grid-Interop will tackle key issues related to utilities’ Smart Grid deployments.

Industry News

3M Completes Acquisition of Ceradyne
The combination of Ceradyne and 3M will enable new technologies and innovation
for uniquely tailored materials requiring advanced ceramics.

Agfa HealthCare launches new IMPAX REM1, for Radiation Exposure Monitoring
IMPAX REM provides an automated way to collect, organize and analyze a patient's radiation exposure data.

Global Intelligence

EBCI for Current North American Business Conditions Climbs to Highest in Seven Months in November
The survey’s measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions also reversed course in November. At +0.4, up from -0.1 in October, it reached
positive territory for the first time in six months.

Market Comments

Market Comments by Tom Robinson
Tom Robinson, Ph.D., President Oppenheimer Asset Management, shares his take on the economy in a weekly column Market Comments, which is republished here each Monday. His column provides a quick summary of key economic data releases from the previous week as well as insight about likely developments in financial markets. read more...

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