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NEMA Supports QER as congress undertakes energy legislation.
Press Release Summary:
Apr 29, 2015 - NEMA commended administration's release ofÂ its first Quadrennial Energy Review (QER), which focuses on improvingÂ U.S. energy infrastructure. Specifically, NEMA thanked Department of Energy and other contributors to QER for its inclusionÂ of NEMA's recommendation for strategic siting of spare transformers to enable rapid response to electrical outages. NEMA alsoÂ laid out several other considerations forÂ policymakers moving forward with energy legislation.
Original Press Release
NEMA Supports Quadrennial Energy Review as Congress Undertakes Energy Legislation
Press release date: Apr 23, 2015
NEMA thanks the Department of Energy and other administration contributors to the QER for including in the report NEMA’s recommendation for the strategic siting of spare transformers to enable rapid response to electrical outages.
As Congress and the administration move forward with energy legislation, we urge policymakers to also consider:
Five-year accelerated depreciation to incentivize investment in smart grid technologies that use information and communications to isolate and contain outages, and repair them remotely;
Incentivizing the construction of highly resilient microgrids—localized electrical generation coupled with energy storage systems that have the ability to isolate from the main grid and operate independently—either on conventional or renewable energy sources;
Allowing federal disaster aid to be used for smart rebuilding (e.g., replacing damaged grid equipment with resilient technologies and installing backup power);
Permitting federal regulators to facilitate new interstate transmission lines with “backstop” authority to act when states are at an impasse; and
Securing America’s electric grid from cyber and physical attacks through public-private cooperation, federal funding of R&D, promoting information sharing through liability protections, and deployment of advanced sensing equipment.
NEMA’s complete list of QER recommendations is available online.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) represents nearly 400 electrical, medical imaging, and radiation therapy manufacturers. Our combined industries account for more than 400,000 American jobs and more than 7,000 facilities across the U.S. Domestic production exceeds $117 billion per year. Our industry is at the forefront on electrical safety, reliability, resilience, efficiency, and energy security.
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