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Something Old, Something New

Route 66, has connected Santa Monica, Calif. and Chicago, Ill., since 1926 and, for a long time, was a major pathway for those travelling across the United States. With the creation of the interstate highway system, the road's popularity plummeted, and today, it is largely used as a scenic route.


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IBEW/NECA Retrofit in Los Angeles Raises the Bar for Building Energy Efficiency

No profession is impacted more by the changes taking place in the energy sector than electrical contractors and electrical workers.


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By Felix König (Eigenes Werk (own work) - Samsung S750) [GFDL (http://www.gnu.org/copyleft/fdl.html) or CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
PG&E to Close Diablo Canyon Nuclear Power Plant

The nuclear power industry suffered another setback in California on Tuesday when PG&E announced that it will close the Diablo Canyon power plant in San Luis Obispo County. It is the second such closure in California in the last three years.


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Prefabricated Construction Growing in Popularity

According to a recent report published by Technavio (www.technavio.com), a global technology research and advisory firm, the global prefabricated construction market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of between 6 and 7 percent until 2020.


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Appeals Court Upholds FCC Net Neutrality Regulations

The Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) fight for net neutrality got another big boost on Tuesday, as the Washington, D.C., federal appeals court upheld the FCC’s Open Internet rules in a 2–1 decision.


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The Situation Is Under Control

While the magazine’s headquarters are in Bethesda, md., ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR can’t cover a national industry without getting out to various locales for trade shows and conventions. They are some of our best resources for learning what’s going on, so we can pass that knowledge on to you.


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Feed-In Tariff Projects Sizzling In Los Angeles

In places such as Arizona, where utilities and the solar industry bicker over pricing and metering policies, everyone suffers. In Los Angeles, where the same policies are embraced, everyone wins as increasingly larger projects come online.



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Photo credit: Leroy Koetz
Wrigley Field Project Showcases Wireless Lighting Control


Only time will tell if 2016 will be the year that the Chicago Cubs' 104-year title drought ends. For now, fans are reveling in new improvements to the stadium and the surrounding area.
 The improvements began several years ago and are expected to continue into 2018 or 2019.



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SCOTUS Rules On Power-Generation Incentives


In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8–0 that a controversial Maryland program designed to incentivize new in-state power generation should be thrown out because it intrudes on federal authorities’ jurisdiction over wholesale energy markets.



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Two Projects Help Midwest Ride The Wind


Whether it is the sun, wind or waves, every region is blessed with renewable resources waiting to be harnessed for power. Recognizing the renewable resources of their landscape, two Midwest utilities recently announced wind-power plans.



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Southwire Maxis XD10 cable puller has up to 10,000 pounds peak-pulling force.
Cool Tools: Cable Pullers

Large projects require power cable pullers to get the job done quickly, efficiently and with minimal physical labor. The equipment’s basic components are the frame, power source, capstan, pulling rope and mechanism that rotates the capstan.


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What's Cooking? GFCI Protection for Kitchens, Nondwelling Applications

A caller recently asked if all 125-volt (V), 15- and 20-ampere (A) receptacles in a commercial kitchen were required to be ground-fault circuit interrupter (GFCI) protected, even where part of a listed assembly.


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Disadvantages And Regulations: Code Rules for Ungrounded Systems

The decision to install and operate an ungrounded system is typically a combined effort that includes a design or engineering team, the owner, the operators and sometimes the authority having jurisdiction.


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More Secrets To Share: Achieving (Splice) Closure


For several recent columns, I have been writing about splicing optical fibers. Last month, I covered managing fibers inside the splice trays and closures. But there is even more to know about splice closures.



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Ideas That Work: Mess-Free Mixing, Step-Bit Fixing and Hex-Head Cleaning

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


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Well Wired: Growing Demand for Wiring and Cabling Installation

Demand for wiring and cabling is expected to grow in the months and years ahead. Low-voltage applications for light-emitting diode (LED) technology and fiber optic cabling within the power-generation and telecommunications industries will help drive this market.


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Light Of Many Colors

Color-tunable light-emitting diode (LED) lighting has unlocked enormous potential in lighting design, creating new applications.


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Staying Upright: Slips, Trips and Falls

Slips, trips and falls are leading causes of death in the workplace. In addition, they account for more than 1 million hospital visits nationwide each year, resulting in thousands of disabling injuries. Many of these incidents can be prevented by adhering to some basic safety protocols.


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Service-Oriented From Day One

It was just another beautiful Thursday afternoon in San Francisco when someone on an upper floor of a gleaming downtown office tower, taking time out for a quick game of bean bag toss, put a little too much arm in his delivery, hit a sprinkler head on the ceiling, and set off the building’s emergenc


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Playing with the big boys

Not What It Used To Be: Material Pricing


My first exposure to material pricing was in the mid-1970s when I was promoted to pricing clerk/assistant-purchasing agent at a wholesale house. My new desk was dominated by a 4-foot wide, metal-framed collection of pages called the Biddle Book, which was furnished by Trade Service Publications.


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