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Standards Organization EMerge Alliance and DC-NEXUS Join in Formal Industry Partnership

Partnership aimed at providing industry research and increased media coverage of DC & Hybrid AC/DC Microgrids designed to provide resilient and sustainable electric power.  

ALEXANDRIA, VA, USA, November 17, 2020 – EMerge Alliance, the world’s largest professional organization dedicated to advancing technology for DC and hybrid AC/DC microgrids, today announced the formation of a partnership with Skokie, Illinois based DC-NEXUS, to collaborate on technical market research and media reporting on the rapidly increasing inclusion of direct current in advanced microgrid platforms. The intention of both partners is to better equip current and future OEMs and system practitioners with information critical to serious consideration of incorporating non-synchronous direct current into their product and service offerings and deployments.

The EMerge Alliance, an industry group formed in 2008, has accumulated wealth of information and experience with low voltage DC (LVDC) used in both pure DC and hybrid AC/DC electric systems and has begun creating a family of vanguard technical standards to enable their use.  “Our partnership with DC-NEXUS has the dual goal of expanding that base of knowledge through formal market research, and of accelerating greater use of DC in systems to better integrate use of distributed, clean energy sources, storage and loads in our increasing electrified world,” said Brian Patterson, Chairman and co-founder of Emerge.  “The time is right for the entire industry to have easy access to information about how an expanded and standardized incorporation of DC can advance the use of predictable, cost-efficient and scalable implementations of resilient, sustainable microgrids,” commented Anil Cherian – CEO and Editor in Chief of DC-NEXUS.

“LVDC is a key technology for the future of resilient, safe, reliable and affordable electricity distribution and usage around the globe, and, as such, it stands to play an important role in transforming millions of lives,” said Rob Bennet President-CEO of Emera Technologies, a subsidiary of the North American utility, Emera. “As a Governing Board member of EMerge, our engagement in this space grows out of our corporate strategic focus to safely deliver cleaner, affordable and reliable energy to our customers. Our environmental priorities are fundamental to our strategy as they drive us to use less coal and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and to empower other utilities to do likewise, so we look forward to EMerge’s engagement with DC-NEXUS to help educate and inform the market about our efforts.”

“Since its founding in 2015, DC-NEXUS has experienced a growing interest in DC technology and its synergy with AC in power systems,” reports their Vice President and Senior Editor, Joe Suppers.   “I believe the partnership with EMerge will help further promote that interest to catalyze an increased effort to create next-generation, two-way power flows that will more efficiently meet heightened demand for electricity, by supporting new technologies and business models that can reduce the industry’s carbon footprint.

To learn more about EMerge Alliance, DC-NEXUS or Emera visit these websites:

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Emera Technologies:  Emerge Technologies – Bock Energy

About the EMerge Alliance
The EMerge Alliance is a non-profit open industry association containing commercial, government and academic member organizations developing standards leading to the rapid adoption of hybrid AC/DC microgrids in commercial/industrial and residential buildings, neighborhoods, and communities. EMerge standards integrate building and campus infrastructures, power, controls, and devices in microgrid platforms to facilitate the hybrid use of AC and DC power.  The standards facilitate greater energy resiliency and sustainability while maximizing the potential to use of distributed clean and renewable local energy.
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DC-NEXUS was founded in 2015 by individuals determined and focused on enlightening the public about the interdependencies of direct and alternating current technologies in the modern world.  Based in Skokie, Illinois with an office in Princeton, New Jersey, DC-NEXUS works closely with leaders in industry, academia, government agencies and standards organizations to offer daily news and articles on the benefits of direct current (DC) technology, with a particular focus on microgrid deployments. DC-NEXUS issues a regular newsletter and advertises DC related products and services on its web site under the heading “1 Electric Avenue”. Through education of the public and promotion of DC technologies, DC-NEXUS is fostering an environment for the adoption of DC technologies in all facets of life, thereby increasing reliability while reducing energy costs and carbon emissions. For direct contact:

About Emera Technologies LLC
Emera Technologies LLC, (ETL) is a subsidiary of Emera Inc., a utility with $34B in assets and operations in Canada, the U.S. and the Caribbean. Leading the way forward to deliver cleaner, affordable energy that’s safe and reliable. Launched with utility, technology and renewable energy experts at the helm, ETL is developing new ways to deliver renewable energy to utility customers and capitalizing on the disruptive challenges and innovation opportunities in today’s energy industry. Makers of BlockEnergy, the first utility-focused business model delivering a distributed energy solution using smart controls, able to provide renewable power to new residential communities. Emera Technologies is engaged in new community builds across North America with residential builders and local utilities utilizing BlockEnergy to provide the world’s most advanced, reliable power available. Visit and sign-up to get the latest news on Emera Technologies products, projects and technical innovations.

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