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

June 2010
According to Pike Research, marine renewable-energy resources are poised for major growth over the next five years and could collectively capture as much as 10 or even 15 percent of the global electricity market by 2030. READ MORE
May 2010
The North American market for ballasts is already recovering from the sluggish economic conditions of 2009, according to Randy Dollar, vice president, systems market development for Universal Lighting Technologies, Nashville, Tenn. Energy savings is the driving factor behind new sales and product innovations, he said. READ MORE
April 2010
In the beginning, there was the bulletin board system, an online meeting place (accessed over telephone lines using a modem) that enabled users to communicate with a central system where they could download files or games and post messages. READ MORE
March 2010
Until the economic collapse of 2008, the residential solar market was doubling every year, according to Don Sipes, director of solar product development for Sunovia Energy Technologies, Sarasota, Florida; however, according to Ted Campbell, senior vice president of renewable energies for Schneider Electric, Palatine, Ill., even today, residential solar is a dynamic market that is headed toward gr READ MORE
March 2010
Electrical contractors and independent wiring companies have been installing communication wiring in homes since the use of copper lines to distribute telephone signals became standard. According to Residential Technology Services, San Antonio, Texas, the industry standard in the early 1980s was running one physical line with either one or two pairs of lines inside. READ MORE
February 2010
Located on Temple Square, the Salt Lake Tabernacle of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) was built between 1864 and 1875. The aluminum-covered roof was constructed in an Ithiel Town lattice-truss arch system held together by dowels and wedges, as nails were scarce in Utah at the time. The building has a sandstone foundation, and 44 sandstone piers support the dome. READ MORE
January 2010
Planning for a secure financial future is not easy, particularly in an economy that is faltering and erratic. Traditionally, financial planning has relied on yearly budgets laid out with the use of a spreadsheet-type software program. READ MORE
January 2010
Broadly speaking, an energy audit is the inspection, survey and analysis of energy use in a building, process or system. The purpose is to find energy conservation measures that, once implemented, will reduce energy costs. READ MORE
December 2009
According to the Office Building Energy Use Profile report from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), space conditioning and lighting account for 70 percent of all energy consumed in a typical office building with an additional 20 percent of energy consumption used to power office equipment. READ MORE

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