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

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
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
March 2017
A new piece of software developed by students will make streetlight outage detection a lot easier and faster for the City of Las Vegas. READ MORE
March 2017
The first-ever National Ladder Safety Month, sponsored by the American Ladder Institute (ALI), is taking place this month. According to the ALI, the event is "the only movement dedicated exclusively to the promotion of ladder safety, at home and at work. READ MORE
March 2017
Pena Station, once a rail station south of Denver International Airport, is on track to become one of the most futuristic smart cities in the nation, due to a recent decision by Japan-based Panasonic to move its Enterprise Solutions Division headquarters there. READ MORE
March 2017
Over the last seven years, the LED Streetlight Replacement Program in Los Angeles has swapped more than 80 percent of the city’s 215,000 streetlight fixtures with LED units. To date, energy usage has lowered by 63 percent, saving the city approximately $9 million per year in energy costs. The city estimates that carbon emissions have fallen by 47,583 metric tons per year. READ MORE
February 2017
Two recent reports analyze the outlook for building automation and control systems. One, published by Statistics MRC, reports that this market accounted for $46.37 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach $98.6 billion by 2022, growing at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 11.3 percent during that time period. READ MORE
February 2017
In November, as part of a larger plan to decarbonize the power supply and transportation in Columbus, Ohio, American Electric Power (AEP) announced plans to invest $52 million to build between eight and 10 microgrids in and around the city. READ MORE
February 2017
The Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union. READ MORE

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