Darlene Bremer

Freelance Writer

Darlene Bremer, a freelance writer based in Solomons, Md., contributed frequently to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR until the end of 2015.

Articles by Darlene Bremer

January 2012
Now that another year has come around, it’s time to ask what’s ahead for electrical contractors that work in the security marketplace. READ MORE
December 2011
The implementation of security systems in manufacturing and industrial facilities represents a growing market. Opportunities continually emerge as technologies advance and customer demands for security evolve. Before discussing best security practices, however, contractors must understand the risks at industrial facilities. READ MORE
December 2011
Lighting currently represents about 17.5 percent of all global electricity consumption, according to the EnergyWatch newsletter from Attardi Marketing. The United States alone accounts for approximately 20 percent of this amount at an annual cost of more than $40 billion. READ MORE
November 2011
Smart phones and tablet computers enable on-the-go access to information and key applications, especially considering 98 percent of Americans have an available 3G network (and 4G increasingly in certain markets). But what good is this technology to electrical contractors, their customers and the electricians in the field? READ MORE
November 2011
When founded in 1987 by Wayne Tyrell, Prime Electric Inc. (Bellevue, Wash.) concentrated on small electrical service projects and in-plant installations. Now, the company’s portfolio encompasses aerospace, commercial and high-rise office, municipal, educational and institutional, hospitality, high-rise residential, medical, biotech, retail, and industrial industries. READ MORE
November 2011
The healthcare market has changed quickly with the introduction of healthcare reform, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), and the high-tech focus in healthcare facilities. READ MORE
November 2011
Videos of Asian carp in rivers near the Great Lakes have gone viral. The fish literally jump out of the water and into passing boats and occasionally even smack people in the head. Jumping fish, however, is not what worries the federal government, politicians, local jurisdictions, residents, businesses and environmentalists. READ MORE
October 2011
The security industry may have turned a corner on the road to recovery, and that is good news for electrical contractors (ECs) looking to broaden their offerings into residential security. READ MORE
September 2011
No specific market numbers apply to the cable and wire used to install and integrate security and life safety products, according to Maricha Ellis, business manager, security solutions for Belden Inc., St. Louis. “The total global market for cable, however, is estimated to be around $41.2 billion annually,” she said. READ MORE