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

April 2015
The Affordable Care Act (ACA) has seen its share of battles since President Barack Obama signed it into law five years ago, and many of the sticking points have been about the cost of the program. Since becoming a law, however, the projected costs have diminished significantly.
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April 2015
For years, the industry has foretold of the inevitable shortage of skilled construction workers. According to a new survey, the projected labor shortage may be complex and due to a confluence of factors.
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March 2015
Few political conflicts are more emblematic of congressional dysfunction than the Keystone XL pipeline project. Its long-embattled and weary proposal pages have been batted around, and it’s become a figurative partisan line in the sand.
 In January, the Senate passed Keystone legislation in a vote of 62–36. The bill carries with it amendments for energy efficiency.
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March 2015
Telecommunications regulations have a long and storied history in politics and government, and it was recently declared that net neutrality falls under these previously established rules. READ MORE
March 2015
When it comes to electricity and electrical devices, organizations such as the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and Underwriters Laboratories, Inc. (UL) try to make living and working with modern conveniences safer for installers and end-users.
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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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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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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

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