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

May 2017
In a 33–0 vote, and in what some see as the beginning of a national trend to increase the appeal of commercial solar installations, the Florida Senate passed SB-90 ("Renewable Energy Source Devices"), a bill that would, beginning in 2018, make solar and renewable energy equipment installed on commercial buildings exempt from property taxes for 20 years, an exemption that Floridian homeowners alrea READ MORE
May 2017
According to "Power Forward 3.0," the latest in a series of reports on corporate involvement in green initiatives, published by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF), the largest companies in the United States are steadily increasing their clean energy and energy efficiency efforts, and improving their bottom lines at the same time. READ MORE
May 2017
On May 10, the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) released its latest City Energy Efficiency Scorecard. In announcing the report, the ACEEE noted, "As the federal government weighs budget cuts to energy efficient programs, cities are stepping up efforts to reduce energy waste. READ MORE
April 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 recently integrated into the SGCC’s “2017 State of the Consumer Report.” READ MORE
April 2017
Two new reports confirm the trend that homeowners are becoming more aware of energy saving opportunities and needs and are taking steps to benefit from these savings. READ MORE
April 2017
While low-voltage cable often refers to what is used to wire audiovisual and fire alarm equipment, it also describes lower voltage electric grid distribution cable, as contrasted with the high-voltage cable used on transmission lines. READ MORE
April 2017
As the solar-energy industry gears up to add more generating capacity than any other source this year, a Pew Research Center survey, “Public Opinion on Renewables and Other Energy Sources,” finds that almost nine out of 10 U.S. adults (89 percent) favor expanding use of solar power, while only 9 percent oppose it. READ MORE
April 2017
According to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy. In fact, storing solar energy for nighttime use actually increases both energy consumption and emissions, compared with sending excess solar energy directly to the utility grid. READ MORE
April 2017
Based in San Jose, Calif., Integrated Communication Systems (ICS) has been building its success as a low-voltage integrator for 15 years. The 80-employee firm, founded in 2002 by Aaron Colton, president and CEO, serves low-voltage integration needs in San Francisco and the Bay Area.
 “I started out doing low-voltage contracting work in 1986 and started ICS in 2002,” Colton said.
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