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North American Energy Standards Board - The North American Energy Standards Board (NAESB) serves as an industry forum for the development and promotion of standards which will lead to a seamless marketplace for wholesale and retail natural gas and electricity, as recognized by its customers, business community, participants, and regulatory entities. Source: NAESB
National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners - NARUC is an association representing the State public service commissioners who regulate essential utility services, such as electricity, gas, telecommunications, water, and transportation, throughout the country. As regulators, our members are charged with protecting the public and ensuring that rates charged by regulated utilities are fair, just, and reasonable. Source: NARUC
Sodium-Sulfur - A NAS battery consists of liquid (molten) sulfur at the positive electrode and liquid (molten) sodium at the negative electrode as active materials separated by a solid beta alumina ceramic electrolyte. The electrolyte allows only the positive sodium ions to go through it and combine with the sulfur to form sodium polysulfides. 2Na + 4S = Na2S4 During discharge, as positive Na+ ions flow through the electrolyte and electrons flow in the external circuit of the battery producing about 2 volts. This process is reversible as charging causes sodium polysulfides to release the positive sodium ions back through the electrolyte to recombine as elemental sodium. The battery is kept at about 300 degrees C to allow this process. NAS battery cells are efficient ( about 89%). Source: ESA
National Association of State Energy Officials - The National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO) is the only national non-profit organization whose membership includes the governor-designated energy officials from each state and territory. NASEO was formed by the states and through an agreement with the National Governors Association in 1986. The organization was created to improve the effectiveness and quality of state energy programs and policies, provide policy input and analysis, share successes among the states, and to be a repository of information on issues of particular concern to the states and their citizens. NASEO is an instrumentality of the states and derives basic funding from the states and the federal government. Source: NASEO
North American SynchroPhasor Initiative - NASPI is a collaborative effort between the U.S. Department of Energy, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, and North American electric utilities, vendors, consultants, federal and private researchers and academics. NASPI activities are funded by DOE and NERC, and by the voluntary efforts of many industry members and experts. Source: NASPI
New Brunswick System Operator - NBSO is a not-for-profit independent corporation whose primary responsibilities are to ensure the reliability of the electrical system and to facilitate the development and operation of a competitive electricity market in New Brunswick. Source: NBSO
National Council on Electricity Policy - The National Council on Electricity Policy (National Council) is a unique venture between the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC), the National Association of State Energy Officials (NASEO), the National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL), National Association of Clean Air Agencies (NACAA) and the National Governors Association – Center for Best Practices (NGA). The National Council also includes several federal members including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), and the U.S. Environment Protection Agency (EPA). Source: NCEP
National Energy Board - The National Energy Board (NEB or Board) is an independent federal agency established in 1959 by the Parliament of Canada to regulate international and interprovincial aspects of the oil, gas and electric utility industries. The purpose of the NEB is to regulate pipelines, energy development and trade in the Canadian public interest. These principles guide NEB staff to carry out and interpret the organization's regulatory responsibilities. The NEB is accountable to Parliament through the Minister of Natural Resources Canada. Source: NEB
National Electrical Code® - A standard that governs the use of electrical wire, cable, and fixtures, and electrical and optical communications cable installed in buildings. Note: The NEC was developed by the NEC Committee of the American National Standards Institute ( ANSI ), was sponsored by the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), and is identified by the description ANSI/NFPA 70-XXXX, the last four digits representing the year of the NEC revision. Source: Faxswtich
Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance - The Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA) is a non-profit organization funded by Northwest utilities, the Bonneville Power Administration and the Energy Trust of Oregon. We work in collaboration with our stakeholders and strategic market partners to accelerate the market adoption of energy-efficient products, technologies and practices within homes, business and industry. Source: NEEA
National Energy Education Development Project - In 1980, the NEED Project began as a one-day celebration of energy education. A Joint Congressional Resolution established National Energy Education Day. A Presidential Proclamation from President Jimmy Carter proclaimed the need for comprehensive energy education in our nation’s schools, a reduction of our dependence on fossil fuels, and increasing use of renewable energy technologies and energy efficiency. Source: NEED
Northeast Energy Efficiency Partners - NEEP is a non-profit organization that facilitates regional partnerships to advance the efficient use of energy in homes, buildings and industry in the Northeast U.S. NEEP works to leverage knowledge, capability, learning and funding through regionally coordinated policies, programs and practices. Source: NEEP
National Electric Energy Testing & Research Applications Center - The National Electric Energy Testing, Research and Applications Center (NEETRAC) is a nonprofit, member supported electric energy research, development and testing center, housed in the Georgia Institute of Technology's School of Electrical and Computer Engineering. Widely recognized as one of the world's foremost electric energy research, testing and evaluation centers, NEETRAC is engaged in a wide spectrum of innovative activities. Source: NEETRAC
National Electrical Manufacturers Association - NEMA is the trade association of choice for the electrical manufacturing industry. 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. Source: NEMA
The National Energy Modeling System - The National Energy Modeling System (NEMS) is a computer-based, energy-economy modeling system of U.S. through 2030. NEMS projects the production, imports, conversion, consumption, and prices of energy, subject to assumptions on macroeconomic and financial factors, world energy markets, resource availability and costs, behavioral and technological choice criteria, cost and performance characteristics of energy technologies, and demographics. NEMS was designed and implemented by the Energy Information Administration (EIA) of the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). Source: DOE
National Environmental Policy Act - The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires federal agencies to integrate environmental values into their decision making processes by considering the environmental impacts of their proposed actions and reasonable alternatives to those actions. To meet NEPA requirements federal agencies prepare a detailed statement known as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). EPA reviews and comments on EISs prepared by other federal agencies, maintains a national filing system for all EISs, and assures that its own actions comply with NEPA. Source: EPA
North American Electric Reliability Corporation - The North American Electric Reliability Corporation’s (NERC) mission is to ensure the reliability of the North American bulk power system. NERC is the electric reliability organization (ERO) certified by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to establish and enforce reliability standards for the bulk-power system. NERC develops and enforces reliability standards; assesses adequacy annually via a 10-year forecast, and summer and winter forecasts; monitors the bulk power system; and educates, trains and certifies industry personnel. ERO activities in Canada related to the reliability of the bulk-power system are recognized and overseen by the appropriate governmental authorities in that country. Source: NERC
National Energy Technology Laboratory - The National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL), part of DOE’s national laboratory system, is owned and operated by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). NETL supports DOE’s mission to advance the national, economic, and energy security of the United States. Source: NETL
National Information Assurance Partnership - The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Security Agency (NSA) have established a program under the National Information Assurance Partnership (NIAP) to evaluate IT product conformance to international standards. The program, officially known as the NIAP Common Criteria Evaluation and Validation Scheme for IT Security (CCEVS) is a partnership between the public and private sectors. This program is being implemented to help consumers select commercial off-the-shelf information technology (IT) products that meet their security requirements and to help manufacturers of those products gain acceptance in the global marketplace. Source: NIAP
Nickel Cadmium - As with any other rechargeable battery systems, NiCd batteries operate on the principle that electrochemical reactions at each of the electrodes are reversible; this enables energy to be stored during charging and released during discharging. Source: GPBatteries
National Interest Electric Transmission Corridors - To address growing concern over the inadequacy of the nation's transmission infrastructure, the 2005 Energy Policy Act authorized, under certain conditions, that the FERC would be able to override state authority over transmission permitting. More specifically, Section 1221 of EPAct (adding Section 216 to the Federal Power Act of 1935) requires the Department of Energy (DOE) to conduct studies of electric transmission congestion every three years and grants the DOE the auhority to designate any area experiencing congestion adversely affecting consumers as a national interest electric transmission corridor (NIETC). Source: CPUC
Nickel Metal Hydride - Nickel-metal-hydride batteries are related to sealed nickel-cadmium batteries and only differ from them in that instead of cadmium, hydrogen is used as the active element at a hydrogen-absorbing negative electrode (anode). This electrode is made from a metal hydride usually alloys of Lanthanum and rare earths that serve as a solid source of reduced hydrogen that can be oxidized to form protons. The electrolyte is alkaline potassium hydroxide. Cell voltage is 1.2 Volts The NiMH battery was patented in 1986 by Stanford Ovshinsky, founder of Ovonics. Source: Electropaedia
National Infrastructure Protection Plan - The National Infrastructure Protection Plan provides the unifying structure for the integration of a wide range of efforts for the enhanced protection and resiliency of the nation's critical infrastructure and key resources (CIKR) into a single national program. The overarching goal of the NIPP is to build a safer, more secure, and more resilient America by preventing, deterring, neutralizing, or mitigating the effects of deliberate efforts by terrorists to destroy, incapacitate, or exploit elements of our nation's CIKR and to strengthen national preparedness, timely response, and rapid recovery of CIKR in the event of an attack, natural disaster, or other emergency. Source: DHS
National Institute of Standards and Technology - Founded in 1901, NIST is a non-regulatory federal agency within the U.S. Department of Commerce. NIST's mission is to promote U.S. innovation and industrial competitiveness by advancing measurement science, standards, and technology in ways that enhance economic security and improve our quality of life. Source: NIST
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration - From daily weather forecasts, severe storm warnings and climate monitoring to fisheries management, coastal restoration and supporting marine commerce, NOAA’s products and services support economic vitality and affect more than one-third of America’s gross domestic product. NOAA’s dedicated scientists use cutting-edge research and high-tech instrumentation to provide citizens, planners, emergency managers and other decision makers with reliable information they need when they need it. Source: NOAA
Northwest Power and Conservation Council - The Council develops and maintains a regional power plan and a fish and wildlife program to balance the Northwest's environment and energy needs. Its three tasks: (1) develop a 20-year electric power plan that will guarantee adequate and reliable energy at the lowest economic and environmental cost to the Northwest; (2) develop a program to protect and rebuild fish and wildlife populations affected by hydropower development in the Columbia River Basin, and (3) educate and involve the public in the Council’s decision-making processes. Source: NPCC
National Rural Electric Cooperative Association - The National Rural Electric Cooperative Association (NRECA) is the national service organization dedicated to representing the national interests of cooperative electric utilities and the consumers they serve.Founded in 1942, NRECA was organized specifically to overcome World War II shortages of electric construction materials, to obtain insurance coverage for newly constructed rural electric cooperatives, and to mitigate wholesale power problems. Source: NRECA
National Renewable Energy Laboratory - The National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL) is the nation's primary laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development (R&D).
NREL's mission and strategy are focused on advancing the U.S. Department of Energy's and our nation's energy goals. The laboratory's scientists and researchers support critical market objectives to accelerate research from scientific innovations to market-viable alternative energy solutions. At the core of this strategic direction are NREL's research and technology development competencies. These areas span from understanding renewable resources for energy, to the conversion of these resources to renewable electricity and fuels, and ultimately to the use of renewable electricity and fuels in homes, commercial buildings, and vehicles. The laboratory thereby directly contributes to our nation's goal for finding new renewable ways to power our homes, businesses, and cars. Source: NREL
National Regulatory Research Institute - Founded in 1976 by the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and housed at The Ohio State University through 2007, NRRI's original design reflected dual demands: supporting commission policymaking while satisfying university standards. Source: NRRI
National Security Agency - The National Security Agency/Central Security Service (NSA/CSS) is home to America's codemakers and codebreakers. The National Security Agency has provided timely information to U.S. decision makers and military leaders for more than half a century. The Central Security Service was established in 1972 to promote a full partnership between NSA and the cryptologic elements of the armed forces. Source: NSA
National SCADA Test Bed - To ensure the secure, reliable and efficient distribution of power, the Department of Energy jointly established the National Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) Test Bed program at Idaho National Laboratory and Sandia National Laboratory. The program works to support industry and government efforts to enhance the cyber security of control systems used throughout the electricity, oil, and gas industries. Source: INL
National Transmission Technology Research Center - The NTTRC — a collaborative effort among government and industry partners — is a unique facility for testing and evaluating critical transmission systems and technologies. The NTTRC currently includes the Outdoor Powerline Conductor Accelerated Testing (PCAT) facility and is planned to include an indoor PCAT facility, a powerline conductor operational testing facility, and a transmission power electronics test bed. Source: ORNL
Northwest Power Pool - NORTHWEST POWER POOL (NWPP) serves as a forum in the electrical industry for reliability and operational adequacy issues in the Northwest, through both the transition period of restructuring and the future. NWPP promotes cooperation among its members in order to achieve reliable operation of the electrical power system, coordinate power system planning, and assist in transmission planning in the Northwest Interconnected Area. Source: NWPP
New York Independent System Operator - The New York Independent System Operator (NYISO) is at the heart of New York State’s electric system, operating the high-voltage transmission network, administering and monitoring the wholesale electricity markets, and planning for the state’s energy future. The NYISO is responsible for the reliable operation of New York’s nearly 11,000 miles of high-voltage transmission and the dispatch of over 500 electric power generators. In addition, the NYISO administers bulk power markets that trade over $11 billion in electricity and related products annually. Source: NYISO
New York State Energy Research and Development Authority - New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is a public benefit corporation created in 1975 under Article 8, Title 9 of the State Public Authorities Law through the reconstitution of the New York State Atomic and Space Development Authority. NYSERDA’s earliest efforts focused solely on research and development with the goal of reducing the State’s petroleum consumption. NYSERDA’s aim is to help New York meet its energy goals: reducing energy consumption, promoting the use of renewable energy sources, and protecting the environment. Source: NYSERDA
New York State Reliability Council - The New York State Reliability Council, L.L.C. ("NYSRC") is a not-for-profit entity, organized as a Delaware limited liability company, whose mission is to promote and preserve the reliability of electric service on the New York State Power System by developing, maintaining, and, from time-to-time, updating the Reliability Rules which shall be complied with by the New York Independent System Operator ("NYISO") and all entities engaging in electric transmission, ancillary services, energy and power transactions on the New York State Power System. The NYSRC shall carry out its mission with no intent to advantage or disadvantage any Market Participant's commercial interests. Source: NYSRC
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