Timothy Johnson

Senior Associate Editor

Timothy Johnson is editor—digital for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine. Reach him at timothy.johnson@necanet.org

Articles by Timothy Johnson

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
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
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

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