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

June 2017
U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) building energy codes were put into effect in the 1970s. Between 1992 and 2012, they have saved homeowners an estimated $15.6 billion. READ MORE
June 2017
According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources, replacing T12 fluorescents with T8s or T5s and upgrading to LEDs reduces lighting energy consumption. However, it is important to consider adding another tool to the mix: task tuning, also known as institutional tuning or high-end trim. READ MORE
June 2017
Sturgeon Electric Co. Inc. in Henderson, Colo., has been in business since 1912. It expanded into low-voltage work in 1984, when private bank exchange companies asked if it would be interested in performing their installations.
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June 2017
In recent years, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (CETC), a think tank based at North Carolina State University, has been releasing a quarterly report titled, "50 States of Solar," which tracks solar policymaking at the state level around the nation. READ MORE
May 2017
The San Francisco Unified School District recently won a "2017 Best of Green Schools" award from the U.S. Green Building Council and the Green Schools National Network, partly for its "green" progress in recent years, but mostly for its goal to reach carbon neutrality by 2040. READ MORE
May 2017
The Smart Grid Consumer Collaborative (SGCC) releases reports based on customer surveys about involvement in the smart grid. In 2016, it released three reports: “The Empowered Consumer,” “Consumer Driven Technologies” and “Customer Experience and Expectations.” The reports were integrated into the SGCC’s “2017 State of the Consumer Report.” READ MORE
May 2017
The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a division at Argonne National Laboratory that works closely with the U.S. Department of Energy, is involved in a number of research projects designed to create and ultimately commercialize batteries that are more efficient, safer and longer-lasting than what is available today. READ MORE
May 2017
According to Wes Wheeler, director of safety for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), a number of issues are currently up in the air under the Trump administration, specifically some federal safety regulations that can affect electrical contractors. However, there are some certainties. READ MORE
May 2017
An arc fault circuit interrupter (AFCI) is an advanced circuit breaker that, as a way to reduce electrical fire threats, breaks the circuit when it detects a dangerous electric arc in the circuit that it protects. READ MORE

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