As in any industry, the landscape of utilities is always changing. Part of this dynamic is fueled by the need for big companies to strengthen their positions and maximize profits. Those same motives fueled a recent acquisition that produced a new giant among the nation’s electric utilities. READ MORE
At a time when almost everyone and everything seems to be connected, it may be hard to imagine that the benefits of the digital age have not touched every corner of society. As implausible as it may seem, the digital divide persists. Several states have taken steps to narrow the gap, and their efforts appear to be paying dividends. READ MORE
As technology and work practices continually evolve, standards can fall behind. This asynchrony doesn’t have to be disastrous all the time, but if left unchecked, it can eventually invite problems.
Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) took the necessary steps to rectify one such occurrence of a standard that was 40 years out of date. READ MORE
Safety gets the spotlight this month, but that doesn’t mean it will be forgotten the rest of the year. A topic as important as safety commands continuous attention.
The NECA Show, to be held Sept. 27–30, 2014, in Chicago, will offer programs and resources to help contractors remain equipped and informed about the latest safety concerns. READ MORE
In this age of sustainable energy, no stone is left unturned as every conceivable source of power is explored. Even the nuclear industry, a pariah of sorts to many clean-power proponents, has been exploring alternative fuels. READ MORE
While the intermittent nature of wind and solar has long been the bane of renewables, it has been the potential boon of many fledgling storage technologies. Fly wheels, fuel cells, batteries and even electric vehicles all offer the possibility of storing power generated from renewables and delivering it when it is needed. READ MORE
The electrical industry has experienced transformative change in recent years as society has entered an entirely new era of power, technology and communications. Practitioners have had to keep up with these changes to stay competitive. Training, education, tools and equipment are all different now than they were even a few years ago, reflecting the radical progression that is taking place. READ MORE
It is a well-established trend that demand for electricity continues to increase as consumers fall in love with their digital devices. Now, that dynamic is about to reverse.
In a seemingly counterintuitive development, one company is predicting that energy use will fall even as the number of contraptions that consume that power increases. All of this will be courtesy of changes in lighting. READ MORE