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February 4, 2013 | Vol. 3

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New York State Smart Grid Coalition Unveils White Paper Outlining Roadmap for New York’s Grid Modernization

Consortium of utilities, regulators, policy makers, academics and technology providers share priorities for energy infrastructure initiatives post-Hurricane Sandy

The New York State Smart Grid Consortium (NYSSGC), a public-private partnership devoted to statewide implementation of the smart grid, today released a white paper that articulates long-range objectives for grid modernization in New York State that support the bold initiatives Governor Andrew Cuomo recently outlined in his annual State of the State speech. In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the paper also urges for a coordinated approach to harden the state’s infrastructure and modernize the power system, which in turn will support the recommendations offered by the New York State 2100 Commission.

“As Hurricane Sandy has shown us, there has never been a stronger incentive to invest in hardening our energy infrastructure and deploy innovative Smart Grid technologies that will make New York’s energy system more robust, resilient and adaptable,” said Robert B. Catell, Chairman of the New York State Smart Grid Consortium. “Our findings both reflect and support Governor Cuomo’s priorities for an innovative electric vehicle infrastructure, the expanded integration of renewable energy into the state’s energy system, and a coordinated effort to modernize the state’s aging infrastructure to meet evolving consumer demands for increased reliability.”

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Standardizations Trends

NEMA Publishes ANSI C136.23-2012 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Enclosed Architectural Luminaires
ANSI C136.23-2012 covers physical, operating, maintenance, and light distribution features that permit use of architectural luminaires in roadway applications when so specified.

NEMA Publishes ANSI C136.32 American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting—Enclosed Setback Luminaires and Directional Floodlights
ANSI C136.32 covers dimensional, maintenance, and electrical features that permit the interchange of similar enclosed luminaires that have the same light distribution classification or type used in roadway or area lighting equipment.

Industry News

License will lead to faster-charging batteries for phones, electric vehicles
An enhanced battery technology that can potentially reduce the time it takes to charge cell phones, electric vehicles and other battery-powered devices from hours to minutes is the subject of a commercial license agreement between Battelle and Vorbeck Materials Corp. of Jessup, Maryland. Battelle operates the Department of Energy's Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Washington.

Emerson to Deliver Control Technologies for Nevada Solar Project to Power 75,000 Homes
Emerson Process Management, a global business of Emerson, has been
awarded a contract to apply its Ovation™ expert control system at the Crescent
Dunes Solar Energy Project near Tonopah, Nevada.

Global Intelligence

North American EBCIs Pick Up in 2013 Where They Left Off in 2012
The nearly 10 point gain relative to December brought the index to its highest
level since the Great Recession. Moreover, the survey’s measure of the degree of change in current North American conditions was in positive territory for a third
straight month.

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