|Upcoming NEM Events|
Please reserve the dates September 29-31, for NEM's Fall Industry Leadership Roundtable to be held in Boston. Many thanks to Nate Owen and Bon Potter of Energy Services Group for hostinbg the meeting. Many Thanks also to Mike Foley of First Data Corporation for offering to sponsor other parts of the meeting.
NEM's Winter Executive Committee Meeting will be held in Newport Beach, California during the third week of January. Many thanks to Peter Weigand and Ian Carter of Commonwealth Energy for offering to host this event.
Lastly, please also reserve April 20-22 for the NEM Spring industry event in Washington, DC
|IEEE Working Group Formed to Develop Broadband over Power Line Standard|
IEEE has formed a working group to develop IEEE 1675, a Standard for Broadband over Power Line Hardware. The standard will, "give electric utilities a comprehensive standard for installing the required hardware on distribution lines, both underground and overhead, which provide the infrastructure for broadband-over-power-line (BPL) systems." The target date for standard completion is mid 2006. IEEE requests anyone from the BPL equipment, Internet Service Provider, or utility sectors interested in developing the standard to join the working group. Additional information is available at: http://grouper.ieee.org/groups/bop.
|Restructuring Today Articles on NEM Member Broadband over Power Line Invention|
Restructuring Today featured two articles on the patent granted to NEM member, Luke Stewart of Media Fusion, on his Broadband over Power Line (BPL) technology. The articles explain that Stewart's patent is for a "magnetic field-based power transmission line commuication method and system" to permit the electric grid to also function as a communications/data network. The article notes that Stewart's technology uses the magnetic component of the electromagnetic field, rather than the electrical component, thereby eliminating associated problems such as line noise and signal attenuation. The technology has important implications for grid reliability, clearly of importance to FERC. Also of importance, "if electricity restructuring and all of the new technologies it enables make our lives smarter, our work faster and our cost-of-living cheaper - it will clearly be worthwhile." The full texts of the Restructuring Today Articles are available on the NEM Website.