Congress Briefed on Smart Grid Technologies
Jul 23, 2009
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National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) member companies updated the Congress today on Smart Grid technologies.

Mike Stoessl, group president of Cooper Power Systems, a NEMA member, testified before the House Science and Technology Committee. The House hearing examined the challenges to transforming the electric delivery system, with an emphasis on NEMA’s history in developing standards for power equipment and the grid, how the association is fulfilling its congressionally-directed role to work with federal agencies and accelerate the deployment of innovative smart grid technologies, technical challenges of integrating Smart Grid technologies into the current grid, and examples of successful deployment.

Following the testimony, the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, the High Performance Building Congressional Caucus Coalition (HPBCCC) and NEMA hosted a luncheon for congressional staff. NEMA is a founding member of HPBCCC.

The HPBCCC briefing covered how buildings can connect to the Smart Grid, the technologies and equipment necessary for its success, and expectations of it. Representatives from GE described high performance buildings and Smart Grid on behalf of the NEMA High Performance Building Council. The discussion included how smart appliances, home-scale renewable generators, and end-user storage devices will transform household energy consumption.

At a separate press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington, DC, James Campbell, head of the GE’s appliance division, also provided details about the GE initiative to develop smart appliances that are Smart Grid-enabled or have demand response capabilities.

NEMA has provided input on topics from demand response and energy efficiency to transmission modernization to entities such as the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and the California Public Utilities Commission. Congress has also asked the association to collaborate with NIST in the creation of a Smart Grid interoperability framework.

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