Marlena Chertock

Freelance Writer

Marlena Chertock is a former editorial intern at Electrical Contractor magazine who now writes for the magazine as a freelance journalist. Her articles have appeared in The Washington Post, Marketplace, NBC News, News21, WTOP and The Gazette. Contact her at marlenalynne@gmail.com or @mchertock.

Articles by Marlena Chertock

August 2016
Sprig Electric, a specialty electrical and low-voltage systems contractor in San Jose, Calif., completed wiring and other upgrades at the recently opened 18,000-seat Avaya Stadium in March. The stadium—home to the San Jose Earthquakes—is the first “cloud-enabled” stadium in Major League Soccer, according to an April press release from Sprig Electric.
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July 2016
Arcadia Electrical Company, Ridgewood, N.Y., installed 341 new lighting fixtures near walkways, playgrounds and parking lots at Polo Grounds Towers in Harlem as part of Mayor Bill de Blasio’s Action Plan (MAP), an initiative to reduce crime and increase neighborhood safety at 15 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) development sites with the highest crime rates.
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April 2016
Sprig Electric is one of the first electrical contractors (ECs) in the country to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery with a 350-kilowatt (kW) commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. In its first month, the paired system has cut energy costs at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters by 80–95 percent.
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April 2016
In February, the Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed one of American professional sports’ largest solar-power installations.
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March 2016
Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts led the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 top 10 states for LEED certification list. This includes states that exceed in sustainable building construction, design and transformation. READ MORE
March 2016
Nevada’s Public Utility Commission has made it increasingly difficult for the state’s solar-power market, pushing out at least three solar companies. In January, the commission voted unanimously against requests to delay the implementation of controversial changes to metering rates. It approved higher charges on all small commercial and residential owners of solar rooftop generation units. READ MORE
February 2016
Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen), Bethesda, Md., retrofitted assisted-living facilities over several years to be greener and more energy-efficient, according to a December article in Facility Executive. Since 2013, the pilot program turned several 24/7 senior living accomodations owned by a Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) into greener facilities.
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January 2016
Google has made public new agreements to buy renewable energy to power its operations, according to an article in The New York Times. This will almost double its current green-energy promises.
 The announcement was made amid debates and discussions to reduce carbon dioxide emissions at the U.N. conference on climate change in Paris in early December.
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January 2016
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.
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