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Renewables Generation Growth Continues to Skyrocket

According to the latest "Electric Power Monthly" report, released late August 2016 by the US Energy Information Administration, renewable electricity generation has surpassed levels of previous years in every month so far this year, with both hydroelectric and non-hydroelectric (wind, solar, geother


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Wind Turbine Technician: Nation's Fastest Growing Occupation

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 t


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Rooftop Solar Gets a Reprieve in Arizona

In a state blessed by an abundance of sun, one might expect the solar industry to bask in unmitigated regulatory support. But Arizona is not California, and the state’s homegrown controversy over rooftop solar has cast a dark cloud over the future of the market there.


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Schneider Electric Introduces New Online Platform

On July 26, 2016, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (Neo) Network, an online networking tool designed to help companies find the best renewable energy solutions for their business.    According to a video released by Schneider, NeoNetwork has three main functions.


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Coal Could Be a Thing of the Past

The future role of coal has always been a central question in the larger discussion about climate change and renewable power. Some envision a future without coal entirely, but that scenario has not always seemed practical.


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ELECTRI International Research Awards

Each year, ELECTRI International makes Early Career Research Awards available to individuals in universities and research institutions.


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Plays Well With Others

Over the last decade or so, we’ve seen you grow into a social being, a mature individual with your own strengths who is willing to contribute to a team in a collaborative environment where the sum is greater than its parts.


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North American Climate Change Pledge Makes History

The United States, Canada and Mexico share more than common borders. Their economies are intertwined through industry, trade and consumption patterns.


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DOE Sees Expanding Role For Nuclear Power


The nuclear power industry has experienced a number of setbacks in recent years, as more plants close due to safety concerns and renewable-energy industries expand at a record pace. On the other hand, many people still consider nuclear power to be an essential energy source for the future.



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Columbus Wins Smart City Challenge


Government plays a leading role in the growth of smart technologies. Columbus, Ohio, recently showed off some of its smarts by winning a national competition of cities that focused on the use of smart technology in the transportation sector.



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Introducing The New Code

Every three years, the National Electrical Code (NEC) is revised and often expanded. As the 2017 NEC development cycle comes to a close, the final stages of the process unfold.


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Drones for Critical Infrastructure Surveillance and Expansion

In today’s 21st-century global economy, in both corporate and government enterprises, mission-critical applications must have a higher caliber of resiliency and reliability.


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Challenging LED

As performance increases and costs decline, light-emitting diode (LED) lighting is poised to become the predominant light source in the United States. Meanwhile, adoption of integrated advanced lighting controls continues to grow.



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The Sky Isn't Falling: Avoiding Accidents Involving Falling Objects

Falling objects such as tools, people and other materials are major work site hazards throughout the United States. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates this hazard causes more than 50,000 injuries and 200 deaths each year.


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Ideas That Work: Magnet, Duct Seal and Outdoor Solutions

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.


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Ford full-size Transit Van and Transit Connect compact van
Cool Tools: Service Trucks

Whether a one-man shop or multidivision contracting company with hundreds of employees, electrical contracting companies and electricians need trucks.



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Southwire Tools T200K tone and probe
Cool Tools: Tone And Probe Kits

Structured wiring specialists test to confirm cabling is properly connected and operating to specifications. It is often necessary to trace a cable’s route, as well. A tone and probe kit is the tool for that job. It can trace wires inside walls, under floors and above ceilings.


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Inside The Details: California’s Title 24, Part 2


Last month, I went over a brief history of California’s Title 24, Part 6, the current rules and what’s coming up. This month, let’s get more detailed about some of the current rules.


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Federal Court Blocks FCC's Municipal Broadband Push

After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Wednesday in the battle for municipal broadband networks.


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In Memoriam: Richard Thompson, 'Cul de Sac' Creator and Artist

Richard Thompson, a critically acclaimed cartoonist and multiple-time cover art contributor for ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, died Wednesday, July 27, 2016, after an eight-year battle with Parkinson's disease. He was 58.


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