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More U.S. Electricity Coming From Natural Gas

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.


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An Unforeseen Problem With LED Traffic Lights

During a snowstorm last week, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to over 1,200 crashes and spinouts around the state. Fifty people were injured, and one woman was killed.


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City Leaders Sign 'Chicago Charter' in Paris Agreement Void

December 4-6, Chicago played host to the North American Climate Summit in concert with the Global Covenant of Mayors for Climate and Energy. There, city leaders signed the "Chicago Charter," an agreement that broadly echoes the Paris climate agreement in establishing carbon emissions reductions.


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11,000 Without Power Due to SoCal Fires

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.


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Survey Suggests Electricians Are Not Concerned About Technology Affecting Job Security

According to new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.


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Solar Power Will Become Chernobyl's Future

More than thirty years after the infamous disaster, the Chernobyl exclusion zone might be transforming from an abandoned nuclear wasteland to a green energy hub.


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'Passive House' Buildings Becoming More Common

A lot has been written in recent months about net-zero energy homes, especially in California, where legislation is beginning to mandate the practice.


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Survey Suggests Healthcare Power Systems Unprepared for Digital Age

Findings from a survey commissioned by Schneider Electric suggest that although many healthcare facilities want to take advantage of the Internet of Things (IoT), they’re ill-equipped to do so.


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Shell Partners With EV Conglomerate on European Charging Infrastructure

Major oil company Shell is getting into the electric vehicle (EV) charging game.


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Senate Version Of Tax Reform Spares Benefits For Renewables And Electric Vehicles

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.


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Building Cabling: How Far Have We Come?

With all the talk about advancements in so many categories of building cabling, wireless networks that support in-building communications, resilient mission critical infrastructure, and adding new intelligent amenities into next-generation real estate, how far have we really come in 30 years?


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Atlanta City Council Votes to Boost EV Infrastructure

Despite the rise of electric vehicles (EVs), they can still be quite burdensome for owners. One of the biggest challenges is that, once EVs leave the home, it becomes difficult to find reliable charging infrastructure, if any at all.


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World's Most Powerful Battery Energized in Australia

Update: Today, December 1, Tesla's installation was powered on as scheduled. What is currently the world's largest lithium-ion battery farm, with 100 megawatts (MW) of power, is set to go online December 1 in South Australia.


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UPDATED: OSHA Injury Tracking Requirement in Effect, Deadline Delayed to Dec. 15

UPDATE: OSHA has delayed the deadline by an additional two weeks until Dec. 15. Click here for the official announcement from OSHA.


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FCC Chairman Ajit Pai
FCC Announces Vote to Repeal Net Neutrality Rules

On Tuesday, Nov. 21, Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Ajit Pai announced plans to hold a vote for the repeal of the FCC's net neutrality rules on Dec. 14. Despite popular support of the FCC's net neutrality rules, the repeal is widely expected to pass.


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New Partnership Gives A Boost To On-Bill Financing In Rural Areas

When it comes to the adoption of energy efficiency and renewable power, financing is always a challenge, especially in rural areas. A new partnership between a business group and an environmental advocacy organization takes aim at that challenge.


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VR And AR Trends Impacting Electrical Contracting In The Future

Electrical contracting—and the electrical construction industry as a whole—may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of innovation.


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Bill Gates to Build a 'Smart City' From Scratch

Bill Gates and his investment firm have just invested $80 million to build a "smart city" in Arizona.


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Legal Drama Heats Up Over Causes Of Northern California Wildfires

Less than a month after a series of unprecedented wildfires devastated several Northern California communities, controversy has ignited over who is at fault.


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Don't Go Into the Water

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 


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