The Ins and Outs of Ten-Year Battery Smoke Alarms

speaker-NESTThere are a wide range of smoke alarms on the market, and some come with sealed, non-removable batteries designed to power the device for ten years. In some cities and states, lawmakers have been proposing bills that would require these products to be the only smoke alarms that consumers can install in their homes. NEMA has taken a position against those mandates, and NEMA member Nest agrees that they’re overly restrictive. Joining us to discuss this topic is Nest Counsel, Product & Regulatory Scott Kohler.

Smoke Detecting Devices


Part 2: How does surge protection differ in residential, commercial, and industrial settings?

speaker-Jack-LyonsThis is the second of a podcast series focused on NEMA’s Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices Section. Today we’re chatting with NEMA Northeast Field Rep Jack Lyons about why surge protection is important in settings other than residential. We’ll also discuss what a surge is and how it damages equipment.

Field Representative Program | NEMA Surge Protection Ins​titu​te


Webinar Series Offered about New Motor Regulation

speakers-John-Malinowski-and-Rob-BotelerThe U.S. Department of Energy recently amended Section 431 of the federal energy code covering the efficiency of electric motors, and this new regulation takes effect on June 1, 2016. In response, the NEMA Motor & Generator Section developed an informative presentation, which they will offer via webinar beginning in April. Joining us to discuss the changes and the webinar series are the section’s Energy Management Committee Chairman Rob Boteler and Immediate Past Chairman John Malinowski.

Motor & Generators


NEMA Lighting Systems Division Develops White Paper to Assist Government in Energy-Efficient Procurements

speaker-Craig-UpdykeThe NEMA Lighting Systems Division developed a white paper to assist policy makers and government officials in evaluating the important considerations related to their goals to procure energy-efficient lighting systems for their agencies and for state or local communities. Craig Updyke, Manager for Trade and Commercial Affairs in NEMA’s Government Relations Department, clarifies the division’s goals and intentions related to this new white paper.


Electric Minute: Receives Makeover

speaker-Chrissy-SkuderaNEMA’s Low Voltage Surge Protective Devices Section launched an updated version of its website, The website, home to the NEMA Surge Protection Institute, provides information and resources to residential, commercial, and industrial consumers related to surge protection. The website not only looks more appealing, but information is now easier to find.

NEMA Surge Protection Institute