National Electrical Manufacturers Association urges Congress to modernize energy technology

Published on July 15, 2016 by Jessica Limardo

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) presented Congress with a concrete plan to modernize energy infrastructure on Tuesday, including recommendations on modernizing the entire electric system from transmission to end use.

“The products manufactured by NEMA Members and used by electric utilities and other end users make the U.S. electric system more efficient, reliable, and secure,” NEMA President and CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff said. “Speeding the adoption of modern electrical products and systems—including distribution automation equipment, energy storage systems, smart meters, large power transformers, and more—is a top priority of NEMA. Our QER comments provide specific actions that the federal government should take to evolve the U.S. electric system for the rest of the 21st century.”

NEMA submitted its recommendations in the Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), an initiative to support collaboration and discussion between industry leaders and the government for the development of comprehensive energy policy reform. In the most recent QER, NEMA urged Congress to focus on modernizing energy infrastructure to enhance the safety and efficiency of the energy sector.

NEMA also discussed planning and siting new infrastructure and existing tax provisions that impact electrical system modernization. The organization also addressed security concerns, both physical and cyber, and discussed how modernization differs between business and industry.