What does Trade Agreement happen Between Advances Amidst Tariffs

In today’s United States government, the trump administration made success in the conclusion of negotiations happened last September 30. This is the United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement (USMCA). The agreement was hastened its notifications to Congress on October 16 because of its intention to enter into new trade talks together with the European Union, Japan, and United Kingdom.

Because of these agreements and happenings – there are four actions that were already set in motion. 60 days till USMCA will be signed and this also happened 90 days before there are new proposed negotiations that will take place. Whilst reviewing the terms included in the USMCA agreement, NEMA is now on the verge of consulting with its members their objectives for the EU, UK, and Japan talks. All of these are happening while there are navigating tariffs that helps in the importation of steel, Chinese-made products, equipment, & components as well as aluminum.

In line with this, there economic espionage happening. Last November 1, the then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray made an announcement that there has been new broad initiatives taking place to contradict the impact of the criminal economic activity started by China.

“The Chinese government is determined to acquire American technology, and they’re willing [to] use a variety of means to do that—from foreign investments, corporate acquisitions, and cyber intrusions to obtaining the services of current or former company employees to get inside information,” said the then FBI director.

“If China acquires an American company’s most important technology—the very technology that makes it the leader in a field—that company will suffer severe losses, and our national security could even be impacted. We are committed to continuing to work closely with our federal, state, local, and private sector partners to counter this threat from China,” Wray concluded.

In line with this, the senior of the Justice Department official told NEMA the main tool for the interagency integration initiative is no other than prosecution brought about by certain individuals and companies in case there is a trade-secret theft. One of the efforts given for the expansion of the prosecutions were under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act and the Foreign Agents Registration Act. As well as there is an existing implementation happening together with the Treasury Department. The said department is now under the new Foreign Investment Risk Review Modernization Act. This helps the government to expand and increase its authority on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the U.S.

The Partnership between NEMA & SASO regarding Collaboration on Certain Standards

The Partnership between NEMA & SASO regarding Collaboration on Certain Standards

The President of the NEMA organization and the Chief Executive Officer CEO Kevin J. Cosgriff, has recently traveled to Saudi Arabia, Riyadh last October to close and sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO) on a Technical Cooperation Program (TCP). This meeting’s agenda is to have a discussion about the TCP and the potential opportunities that can be created if the partnership takes place. Mr. Cosgriff met with Dr. Saad Othman Al-kasabi, the governor of SASO discussed the role of the latter in making sure that the safety of Saudi Arabians when using end-products such as consumer products, transportation, as well as infrastructure. 

The TCP also outlines how the NEMA and SASO can effectively work together as a team to make this happen. The NEMA also granted SASO an open access to the former’s standards and publication journals so that SASO will be able to carefully study them and make them as their reference in their production and processes. SASO has been given the privilege to access to this wonderful opportunity but these comes with expansive set of responsibilities on Saudi Arabia’s government end. This also includes the safety of the final users of transportation servies as well as the electrical standards in making sure that these sectors perform well. The TCP however should foster the relationship happening between the two organizations that will also allow NEMA to be able to effectively assist SASO in terms of its Standards developing process. 

Ever since, SASO has MOUs with only a handful of other organizations who are also concerned about this matter. This TCP will greatly enhance the partnership between NEMA and SASO, and this will also make sure that the end users in the kingdom can be granted access to quality, genuine, and good products only applicable to its electrical infrastructure. 

In conclusion, NEMA made an agreement with Kingdom of Saudi Arabia Market Access Consortium (KSAMAC) that is geared in maintaining the fair market access to the kingdowm by efficiently working directly with other companies concerned in the country, SASO, the United States Trade Representative’s Office, and the U.S. Embassy in Saudi Arabia. 

The Integrations of Increased Growth in Renewable & Distributed Resources

The Integrations of Increased Growth in Renewable & Distributed Resources

In today’s news, there has been a recent conclusion from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) that we are on the right track in seeing the global temperatures currently rising by 1.5°C as early as 2030. With the recent United States government headed by President Trump, the latest National Climate Assessment also tells us that the absence of great reduction in the emission of greenhouse gases, the consequences of which (in terms of its annual economic consequences) is projected to reach by hundreds of billions of dollars at the end of this century. 

However, until recently, the sector of electricity was proven to be the largest source of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States alone. Though the combination of significant reductions and improved energy efficiency derived from the renewable and natural-gas generation has started to make the electricity sector emissions decline by a good 28% since last 2005. It is also cost-effective. However, this does not totally eliminate the problem. According to IPCC, the emissions in form of carbon dioxide gases should be reduced by 45% compared to the 2010 level for the next 12 years. This is to avoid the worst effect of climate changes happening around the globe. This will also likely requires the implementation of the electrification on other parts of the US economy. Specifically in the transportation sector which then now is United States’ main source of greenhouse gas emissions. 

In line with this and regardless of the big challenges ahead, the existing technology helps in the overall reduction of the greenhouse gas emissions. We now find that the solar generation has been continuously growing at good exponential rates. And it now produces as much as 60& to 70% of total electricity consumption in different & diverse markets such as California and the Southwest Power Pool. 

By repeating the mindless mantra that says “the sun doesn’t shine and the wind doesn’t blow all the time” it helps in the ignoring of the technologies we currently have today that addresses the different variability of the renewable energy resources. For example, some of the operational protocols and the coordination happening between greater regionals produces smoothened ebbs and flows of different variability in generation technologies. This also helps in the accommodation in different fluctuations happening in various demands. Also, the energy storage technologies existing today (such as batteries, pumped hydro, and compressed air) have the potential to increase the flexibility of the grid and it greatly reduces the electricity cost being produced during peak periods. 

In contrast to this, there is no possibility to achieve a decarbonized electric generation sector without the presence of a robust grid. Even if the United States possesses some of the best renewable energy resources there is, these are often placed on remote locations. The accessibility of these will require a significant investment that should happen in the long-haul transmission facilities. The development of these interregional transmission in the infrastructure has posted great potential in delivering billions of dollars worth in savings brought to consumers. Because of the reduction in congestion and releasing recent renewable projects trapped in synergy queues across United States. 

Different Ways on how to Leverage and Use the Power of Grid in Transitions

Different Ways on how to Leverage and Use the Power of Grid in Transitions

With the recent developments in the technology today, there is a transition that is happening from the perspective of a predictable grid – these comes with one of the few sources of energy that is happening when we monitor some of the control points to come up with a new dynamic monitoring system and control points. With this in mind, there are three categories in which we can effectively change the motivation for this transition: 

  1. the consumers’ low and decreased acceptance for power outages 
  1. the onset of increase in importance of cybersecurity 
  1. And the community’s genuine desire to have the employment of more renewable energy resources that can be used for electricity and consumption. 

With this in mind, these changes will definitely require greater effort from the grid and its other supporting systems. One of the most successful models in the resilience of yet flexible system is the existence of the internet. The architects are designed to withstand the definite losses of some of the network segments while continuing the main functionalities. 

As the community works for the global utility of the customers, we are now seeing many utilities that are starting to rethink and reshape the modern smart grid requirements. The emergence of this from the architectural construct is to meet the new divergent requirements while maintaining the most fundamental principles such as safety and reliability. 

However, in similarity of the internet, some of the modular federation of the existing microgrids from the architectural models increases its resilience to come up with broad possibilities in any given situation. Even if there are segments of the electrical and information networks that are now being non-operational. With this in mind, some of the microgrids are determined to have interconnection sections included in the grid even if there are intended to act within the central coordination. But this enables the said function to function locally especially when there are reconfigurations happening even if there are isolations caused by certain events. 

In some of the urban and suburban locations, reconfigurations are most common. However, while in rural, island or some developing areas. The existing sub systems may be isolated (electrically or from the central data communications) 

One of the main elements included in this transition is both of the electrical network and its other supporting information of network are now started to become more modular than ever. Each component should be able to stand the reconfiguration or the potential loss that may occur between the central connections. The effort should be continued even the functionality in the safest manner or way. 

As for the electrical grids that are becoming more diverse and dynamic, the support information and networks has now started to become even more mission-critical. During the isolation, some of the microgrids can now leverage the peer-to-peer communications and some of the distributed energy resources can now respond very quickly to ever-changing local conditions.