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

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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August 2016
Each year, ELECTRI International makes Early Career Research Awards available to individuals in universities and research institutions. The findings of the research projects that are selected are eventually published, and the information that has been learned is disseminated to the entire electrical contracting industry. READ MORE
August 2016
A new report, "US Wind Industry Annual Market Report, Year Ending 2015," published in April 2016 by the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), reported a record total of 88,000 jobs across the industry in early 2016 (including wind project development/construction, equipment manufacturing, field technicians, etc.), a 20-percent jump from the previous year. READ MORE
July 2016
Four out of five clean-energy workers in New York state focus on energy efficiency, according to a new report published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national nonpartisan business group), the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the New York State Sustainable Business Council and New Yorkers for Clean Power.
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July 2016
On May 6, six energy companies launched Grid Assurance, an independent company with the purpose of providing spares for critical electric transmission equipment. READ MORE
July 2016
As customers look to improve energy efficiency in their homes and businesses try to reduce energy costs, more utilities are recrafting their websites to provide relevant information to their customers and to the electrical contractors that may perform energy-efficiency work for them.
 One example is Clark Public Utilities in Clark County, Wash., which introduced a new website in April.
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July 2016
Energy consumer demand for distributed-energy resources (DER) is growing for a number of reasons—unexpected utility power outages, planned rolling blackouts, power quality problems, increases in power costs, etc.
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