Timothy Johnson

Senior Associate Editor

Timothy Johnson is senior associate editor and web manager for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. Reach him at timothy.johnson@necanet.org

Articles by Timothy Johnson

February 2015
On Jan. 12, 2015, passengers on a Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail train were trapped for some 40 minutes in the tunnels between two downtown D.C. stations, while smoke filled the air, according to the Washington Post. One passenger died, and 86 others were taken to nearby hospitals to be treated for smoke inhalation.
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February 2015
The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not typically an event that draws electrical contractor interest, but this year’s show raised some eyebrows in the low-voltage market. An influx of products demonstrated that ECs could be pulled further into the high-end consumer market.
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January 2015
As clean energies go, comparatively unglamorous natural gas doesn’t get the attention of its flashier cohorts, but a new project in Leesburg, Va., may soon be one of the cleanest and most efficient sources of electricity generation in the country.
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January 2015
Along with many new trends that electrical contractors are finding themselves involved with these days, there are some surprises. While ECs have traditionally wired the power for elevators, much of the work has been left to mechanical contractors. Now, with the new wave of intelligent and integrated systems, buildings are adopting smart elevators, and they need ECs to integrate the controls. READ MORE
January 2015
Electri International, a foundation that supports electrical industry research, released “Customer Side Smart Grid Installations—Preparing for the Future,” a report that examines how implementation of the smart-grid technology is changing the nature of the electrical distribution system in the United States.
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January 2015
The Sistine Chapel has an interesting history with light. For hundreds of years, it was primarily illuminated by candles, but the smoke left a layer of soot on the artwork, which had to be restored. Preserving Michelangelo’s masterpiece has been of prime concern. In fact, flash photography is still prohibited within the Sistine Chapel for fear that it will harm the artwork.
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January 2015
A big change in federal construction project policy could affect electrical contractors doing that work.
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January 2015
The incandescent “ban” has returned to the Congress floor. This time, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until September 2015, but the bill carried various policy provisions that affect current and upcoming laws. READ MORE
December 2014
The political debate over net neutrality rages on with millions of people who have differing vested interests in the future of Internet connectivity in the United States. 
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