NEMA team selected as part of NASA proposal

Rosslyn, Va., July 28, 2009 – The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has been selected as a team member of the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, Calif., for a Public Interest Energy Research (PIER) grant by the California Energy Commission (CEC).

Titled “Defining the Pathway to the California Smart Grid of 2020,” the grant funds research that focuses on understanding what roles PIER, CEC and other agencies should play in California smart grid efforts.

According to NEMA President and CEO Evan R. Gaddis, the purpose of the proposal, as identified by CEC, is to address the numerous challenges the California electric utility industry will face while implementing smart grid. These challenges include systems interoperability, communications and common information model standards, implementation schedules, well-defined interfaces and adapters to legacy systems – all aspects of NEMA’s own smart grid initiative.

“We are looking forward to working with JPL,” he said. “This represents a significant opportunity for us to sharpen our contribution to smart grid and help guide the future of energy in California. The problem defined by the CEC is tailor-made for NEMA.”

NEMA is the association of electrical and medical imaging equipment manufacturers. Founded in 1926 and headquartered near Washington, D.C., its approximately 450 member companies manufacture products used in the generation, transmission and distribution, control, and end use of electricity. These products are used in utility, industrial, commercial, institutional and residential applications.

The association’s Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance (MITA) Division represents manufacturers of cutting-edge medical diagnostic imaging equipment including MRI, CT, x-ray and ultrasound products. Worldwide sales of NEMA-scope products exceed $120 billion. In addition to its headquarters in Rosslyn, Virginia, NEMA also has offices in Beijing and Mexico City.

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