March 4, 2013 | Vol. 5
NEMA Releases Comprehensive Publication on Rebuilding Smart Following Storms
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published Storm Reconstruction: Rebuild Smart to assist federal, state, and local policymakers with solutions to harden the nation’s electric grid, improve its resilience to withstand and recover from severe weather, and improve energy efficiency.
“Severe weather, most recently Superstorm Sandy, coupled with an aging and overstressed electrical infrastructure is having a dramatic impact on the U.S. population. Sixteen states experienced outages during Sandy,” said NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis. “The core principal of any major reconstruction effort should be to rebuild smart—ensuring that reconstruction funds maximize the deployment of technologies to mitigate future power outages, protect lives and property, and improve energy efficiency.”
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.
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DOE Plans to Alter Lighting Facts Program to Simplify Manufacturer's Listing of Product Families
In the LED and Lighting Technology Track at the Strategies in Light (SIL) conference, a session entitled "Testing and Speed of Innovation" started with a presentation from Finelite founder Terry Clark describing the burden that lighting manufacturers face with solid-state lighting (SSL) products.
FERC Adopts NAESB Demand Response and Energy Efficiency Standards
On February 21, 2013, FERC issued a final rule incorporating updated business practice standards of the North American Energy Standards Board (“NAESB”) regarding the measurement and verification of demand response and energy efficiency. The final rule revises FERC’s regulations (18 C.F.R. § 38.2) by referencing NAESB’s Phase II Demand Response Measurement and Verification, and its Wholesale Energy Efficiency Measurement and Verification standards.
China Takes the Initiative as World Smart Grid Sales Climbed 30% in 2012
World smart grid sales at installed prices climbed to $36.5 billion in 2012, a growth of 30% on 2011 as China took the lead, according to Memoori's latest report. However, the market is rather unbalanced because the share taken by AMI was around 40%; whilst its potential market value over the full 20 year program to deliver a complete smart grid, will be no more than 9%.
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