Matt Kraus

Matt Kraus is Electrical Contractor magazine's associate editor. Contact him at

Articles by Matt Kraus

January 2017
Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design. The award, which recognizes “innovative thinking and problem solving in fire/life safety system design,” is part of an effort to shine a light on consulting specifying engineers who usually do not get the credit they deserve. READ MORE
  • Deepwater Wind's Block Island Wind Farm. Photo credit: Deepwater Wind
December 2016
Deepwater Wind’s Block Island Wind Farm officially began generating electricity on Dec. 12. The wind farm off the coast of Block Island, R.I., is the first of its kind in the United States and already generates enough electricity to supply 17,000 average homes, according to the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA). READ MORE
November 2016
The United States celebrated the second annual National Apprenticeship Week from Nov. 14–20, 2016. The week consisted of hundreds of events across the country, all of which focused on the role apprentices play in the modern workforce, and how they help businesses grow. READ MORE
November 2016
On October 8, 2016, the Birmingham Electrical JATC and IBEW Local No. 136 assisted in the setup and takedown at Oktoberfest Trussville, an annual event in Trussville, Ala., that raises money for local charities. READ MORE
October 2016
In October, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) released an updated set of Recommended Practices for Safety and Health programs, bringing the original guidelines from 1989 into the 21st century. READ MORE
October 2016
As drones, also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), continue to see increased use in commercial applications, more industries—including electrical construction—are looking to see what all the fuss is about. Now, it’s becoming easier to get in on the action. READ MORE
September 2016
After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Aug. 11, 2016, in the battle for municipal broadband networks.
September 2016
In the United States Capitol, just south of the rotunda, sits the National Statuary Hall, a collection of 100 sculptures of prominent Americans. On Wednesday, the collection got a little bit brighter, thanks to the dedication of a new statue of Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, the phonograph, the motion picture camera and more. READ MORE
September 2016
As with any trade show, everything at NECA 2016 Boston revolves around the show floor. For several hours every day, hundreds of industry figures have taken to the Boston Convention and Exposition Center to explore the latest products and services that the largest brands have to offer. However, sometimes it pays to go off the beaten path and explore what is going on around the edges. READ MORE