Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributes frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR. She can be reached at 410.394.6966 and darbremer@comcast.net.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

February 2014
For millennia, charlatans have claimed to see the future. Of course, the future is unknown, but is it as big a mystery as we think? Just because we can’t know precisely what’s going to happen tomorrow—or the day after, or the year after—doesn’t mean that we can’t be better prepared to conquer whatever the future holds. READ MORE
February 2014
Electrical contractors plunging deeper into the security market need to pay as close attention to the standards involved in security systems and attendant technologies as they do to the National Electrical Code (NEC).
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January 2014
While traditional security measures—such as firewalls, antivirus programs and vulnerability assessments—are important in the cloud, additional considerations must be taken to secure these dynamic and rapidly changing environments, according to Eric Chiu, president and cofounder of HyTrust, Mountain View, Calif.
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January 2014
The drive to use technology to improve productivity and efficiency is not limited to factories and offices, nor just to improving energy conservation and gas mileage. READ MORE
January 2014
As part of the growing trend to mitigate the environmental effects of energy consumption and production, sustainable energy planning is increasingly being implemented to develop long-range policies that will help guide the future of a local, regional or the national energy system.
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December 2013
Gone are the days when playground safety was the chief security concern in schools. In the wake of Columbine and Sandy Hook, educational institutions are increasingly adopting security systems that enable them to respond to various emergencies in real time. READ MORE
November 2013
As the economic recovery continues and the construction market picks up, electrical contractors will have to deal with work force shortages. The problem doesn’t lie just with the aging of the industry, but also the fact that many contractors went out of business and many workers left the construction market during the recession. READ MORE
November 2013
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards Council approved the 2014 National Electrical Code (NEC) in August 2013 and published it in September. 
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  • One of Mayfair Mall's two identical vintage 1957 Allis Chalmers 1,200A, 35-kV oil circuit breakers.
November 2013
The mall’s electrical service, located in the basement and installed in 1957, was graded as heavy industrial, with two 25-kilovolt (kV) utility services with two 35-kV, 1,200-ampere (A) oil circuit breakers, which served two 7,500-kilovolt-ampere (kVA) transformers that distributed 4,160 volts (V) to 23 unit substations, ranging in size from 150 to 750 kVA. READ MORE

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