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March 18, 2013 | Vol. 6

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Ecotality, ChargePoint to Link Electric Car Charging Networks

Electric vehicle charging station outside CenturyLink Field in Seattle.Ecotality Inc. (ECTY) and ChargePoint Inc., providers of electric car charging stations, will form a venture to share customers and allow billing across their networks.

The venture will give drivers access to about 15,000 locations, or about 90 percent of public chargers in the U.S., according to Ecotality Chief Executive Officer Ravi Brar.

“It increases the number of chargers available to someone without them having to go around joining multiple networks,” Brar said by telephone. Ecotality has about 4,000 charging ports, while ChargePoint has about 11,000, he said.

Collaboratev LLC, the venture that Ecotality and ChargePoint are investing in, will interconnect the monitoring and billing systems of both companies through a new platform that other car-charging providers will also be able to join, according to an emailed statement.

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NEMA Releases Statement Concerning Meter Socket Lifespan and Inspections
As the result of the rapid expansion of Smart Grid and advanced meter infrastructure, many utilities around the country are replacing existing electricity meters with new solid-state smart meters and two-way communication devices.

Standardizations Trends

NEMA Reactivates ANSI/NEMA C50.41 American National Standard Polyphase Induction Motors for Power Generating Stations
Reactivated with ANSI approval, ANSI/NEMA C50.41-2012 applies requirements to polyphase induction motors intended for use in power generating stations.

NEMA Publishes NEMA ICS 15.1-2012 Instructions for the Handling, Installation, Operation, and Maintenance of Medium Voltage Electric Fire Pump Controllers Rated Not More Than 7200V
This installation guide provides practical information concerning the general technical considerations in the installation of electric medium-voltage fire pump controllers.

Industry News

Acuity Brands Acquires eldoLED, a World Leading Designer and Manufacturer of Intelligent Drive Solutions for LED-based Lighting
eldoLED intelligent drive solutions are accelerating the LED transformation by delivering the promise of smarter, sleeker and more efficient lighting solutions.

Global Intelligence

Motors Shipments Improved in Fourth Quarter of 2012
Demand for motors increased in the fourth quarter of 2012 as NEMA’s Motors Shipments Index grew 6.5 percent from the previous quarter.

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