Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

Claire Swedberg is a freelance writer based in western Washington. She can be reached at

Articles by Claire Swedberg

June 2012
Facility automation systems are becoming more reliant on open protocols, enabling one infrastructure to send and receive information from previously separate and disparate systems, such as security; metering; asset tracking; heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC); and others. READ MORE
April 2012
Data center owners and managers are driven by one primary goal as they expand, construct or renovate the storage areas for their computer systems and associated components. Their goal is energy reduction. Growing ever larger, data centers are major power consumers in the commercial market; however, improving technological efficiency is reining in some of that consumption. READ MORE
March 2012
As a result of growing demand for alternative energy in Illinois and Missouri, Pyramid Electrical Contractors Inc. in Fairview Heights, Ill., and St. Louis, Mo., specializes in solar work by installing photovoltaic panels to power schools, residences and commercial buildings. READ MORE
March 2012
Luxury homes are often a launching point for technology, such as home automation, security, lighting management, and entertainment systems, that could become commonplace throughout the residential market. READ MORE
February 2012
As the electrical industry is poised for some big changes—with the continued development of smart grids, alternative energy and the rapid expansion of data centers—codes- and standards-making bodies are crafting new standards and clarifying old ones. READ MORE
January 2012
Energy projects currently underway across the United states reflect several trends—new construction in the alternative-energy sector and renovation at traditional power plants to update aging infrastructure. READ MORE
January 2012
The new president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Dennis F. Quebe, takes the organization’s helm with an eye toward ushering members beyond market recovery and into a new phase of growth. To make this movement possible, Quebe is focusing on encouraging change at the local level, in ways his own companies—Chapel Electric Co. READ MORE
December 2011
Both wired and wireless energy management systems—such as those powered by ZigBee or Wi-Fi—are making inroads in the hospitality industry, controlling equipment that contributes to the high energy use in a hotel operation. Automation adoption has been fueling business competitive advantage, and reportedly, the return on investment is coming within reach for many resorts and hotels. READ MORE
October 2011
Once only a luxury item for the wealthy, home automation technology that integrates a house’s electrical and low-voltage devices is becoming more commonplace in U.S. residences. Previously, its adoption was sluggish because of the installation complexity and high cost. READ MORE