Claire Swedberg

Freelance Writer

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

Articles by Claire Swedberg

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
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
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
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
September 2011
Ten years have passed since the devastating terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and while we will never forget the events of that day, the scars are healing. Construction is underway on One World Trade Center, which towers 80 stories high, on the site known as Ground Zero. It is already the tallest building in Lower Manhattan and is rising at a rate of about one story per week. READ MORE
August 2011
  Once an electrical contruction project is complete, some contractors and customers start a maintenance relationship that continues for the life of the system. This relationship is not only potentially lucrative for the contractor but benefits the customer as well. READ MORE
July 2011
Five years after completing the 500-megawatt (MW) Astoria Energy natural gas combined-cycle power plant in Queens, N.Y., E-J Electric Installation Co. of Long Island City, N.Y., is at work on its twin—Astoria Energy Phase II—helping usher in New York’s cleanest, most efficient power plant. READ MORE
June 2011
Upgrading existing proprietary building systems to a single integrated Internet protocol (IP)-based management system will take place in nearly every commercial and industrial building in the coming years, and according to some in the industry, U.S. buildings lead the world in this trend. READ MORE