Matt Kraus

Matt Kraus is Electrical Contractor magazine's associate editor. Contact him at matt.kraus@necanet.org.

Articles by Matt Kraus

August 2017
According to the latest monthly report by the U.S. Census Bureau, construction spending in the United States fell 1.3 percent in June to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of more than $1.2 trillion. In the big picture, news is still quite good; spending in the first half of 2017 was 4.8 percent higher than the same period in 2016. READ MORE
August 2017
According to the latest data from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the Commerce Department, U.S. housing starts fell back 4.8 percent in July to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 1.16 million units. This is a contrast to the numbers seen in June, which saw an 8.3 percent rise. READ MORE
July 2017
Most of the national headlines these days revolve around controversial, polarizing pieces of legislation. However, in the world of energy, a significant, bipartisan bill has just been introduced in the U.S. Senate that aims to bolster the country’s energy infrastructure. READ MORE
July 2017
The first quarter of 2017 saw a record for the energy-storage-installation market, with 234 megawatt-hours (MWh) installed in the United States. While Q1 was the biggest ever for such installations, this quarter may represent a peak the industry doesn’t reach again for a little while. READ MORE
July 2017
On Monday, nominations opened for the 2017 Klein Tools Electrician of the Year Award, an annual contest to find the best electricians in the United States. Electricians may nominate either themselves or another electrician they feel is deserving of the honor. The nomination period lasts through Aug. 6. READ MORE
July 2017
When it comes to building valuable homes, a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) indicates that green may be the way to go. READ MORE
July 2017
As energy technology continues to evolve, residential customers are becoming more content with the service they receive from electric utilities. The 2017 Electric Utility Residential Customer Satisfaction Study, released by J.D. Power on July 12, saw an overall increase in customer satisfaction with residential electric utility companies for the sixth straight year. READ MORE
July 2017
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has released three recent reports that illustrate a generally positive environment for the housing market, starts and remodeling, though two of the three showed some signs of stagnation. READ MORE
June 2017
As the weather starts to heat up across the United States, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has launched a campaign to help workers prevent heat-related illnesses when working outdoors. READ MORE

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