William Atkinson

Freelance Writer

William Atkinson has been a full-time business magazine writer since 1976. Contact him at w.atkinson@mchsi.com.

Articles by William Atkinson

  • ISU: (From left) Beth Hartmann, Jack Finn, Shay Hudachek, Dylan Busby, Caleb Bonderer, Tristen Giralomo, Noah Reddig, Scott Miller, Regan Smiley and Rick Smith. Photo provided by Kate Tindall, ISU CCEE Department.
September 2016
Each year, ELECTRI International hosts the Green Energy Challenge for NECA Student Chapters. The 2016 competition challenged teams to design an energy upgrade for a K–12 facility in their community. Each proposal included a small-scale photovoltaic (PV) system design that would serve as an educational tool and emphasize detailed technical solutions for proposed systems.
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September 2016
In July, the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) convened a town hall meeting for interested parties to begin to provide input on its draft “Manual on Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Compensation.”
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  • This tunnel lighting is part of Birmingham’s total lighting upgrade.
September 2016
The City of Birmingham, Ala., announced a new project designed to upgrade its current public parking garage lighting to energy-efficient, connected light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The retrofits are expected to save about $375,000 per year.
 The city plans to install about 4,500 LED luminaires in seven downtown parking garages.
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September 2016
Boston Public Market is a 28,000-square-foot, indoor marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty products, complete with a 3,200-square-foot demonstration kitchen. Working with construction manager Lee Kennedy Co. and Vanderwell Engineers as the electrical engineer, Bennett Electrical Inc., Quincy, Mass., installed the new electrical system.
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September 2016
Harvard Business School’s Tata Hall is a 177,000-square-foot executive education facility, consisting of 179 bedrooms for visiting executives, 22 living group areas, and two state-of-the-art classrooms. Boston-based Sullivan & McLaughlin Cos. Inc. provided services including design/assist, value engineering, BIM/CAD coordination and multiple system coordination.
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August 2016
In May, Baker Electric Inc. in Escondido, Calif., partnered with U.S. CAD, a building information modeling (BIM) solutions consultant and an Autodesk Platinum Partner, to provide a uniform on-boarding experience for Baker Electric’s new staff members and increase the technical expertise of its existing staff.
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August 2016
According to Richard Kim, energy sector leader of Korn Ferry Futurestep (a division of Korn Ferry executive search firm), the biggest challenges for electric utilities these days are aging infrastructure and an aging workforce.
 “By most estimates, 50 percent of the workforce will be or are retirement-eligible within the next five years,” he said.
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August 2016
Prefabricated construction has always been a convenient time-saver for contractors. In addition, more contractors have begun to focus on building energy-efficient homes and other structures.
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August 2016
All electrical contracting companies—especially those involved in low-voltage work—rely on technology. Sprig Electric considers technology to be one of its most important competitive advantages, along with efficiency and personal service.
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