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Hempstead, N.Y., Lights the Way With New Street Lighting

The Town of Hempstead, just east of New York City, has a population of almost 800,000, and the town's government is tasked with installing, maintaining, and replacing 50,000 street lights.


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Alabama Electricians Pitch In at Local Oktoberfest

On October 8, 2016, the Birmingham Electrical JATC and IBEW Local No. 136 assisted in the setup and takedown at Oktoberfest Trussville, an annual event in Trussville, Ala., that raises money for local charities.


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Items Related to Thomas Edison Fetch $64,000 Plus at Auction

Right now, a pack of six standard 60 watt incandescent light bulbs will cost you about $15 on Amazon. If you want something a bit more special (say bulbs connected to Thomas Edison) it’s going to cost you—a lot.


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DOE Report Shows Potential for Behind-the-Meter Distributed Wind

On November 21, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a report titled “Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects” which explores the potential of distributed wind energy in the U.S. through 2050.


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SpaceX Files FCC Application for Space Internet

One of the most popular points of contention in broadband internet delivery is that much of the United States is underserved or not served at all by internet speeds that meet the Federal Communications Commission's (FCC) definition of high-speed internet.


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EnergySage Introduces First Community Solar Marketplace

In a press release on November 21, Boston-based EnergySage announced its new project, Community Solar Marketplace, the first online community solar power marketplace in the U.S.


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ASHRAE, IES Open Revised Residential Energy Standard for Industry Input

In the energy industry, there is big business to be made in reclaiming wasted or unnecessary energy usage, and great strides have been taken in saving electricity. Now, ASHRAE and IES are tightening the belt on residential energy usage.


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OSHA Brings General Industries' Standards on Slip, Trip and Fall Hazards Up to Speed with Construction Standards

On November 17, 2016, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) issued a final rule updating Walking-Working Surfaces and Personal Protective Equipment (Fall Protection Systems) standards in general industries such as building management services, utilities, warehousing, retail, windo


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Second Annual National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated Across U.S.

The United States celebrated the second annual National Apprenticeship Week from Nov. 14–20, 2016. The week consisted of hundreds of events across the country, all of which focused on the role apprentices play in the modern workforce, and how they help businesses grow.


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Circular Electric Power: Cradle-to-Cradle Thinking Enters the Contracting World

Going green—really green—isn’t easy. It takes dedication, attention to detail and a vigilance to an ever-changing supply chain. Cradle to cradle (C2C) is both a movement and a product standard for manufacturers that develop products with materials that retain their value.


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Measuring To Manage: California’s Title 24 Makes It Easier

You can’t manage what you can’t measure. This basic concept from any entry-level business class is becoming more common in energy codes and standards across the United States.


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Editors' Pick
A New Light on American History

Set on five acres next to the Washington Monument on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., is the Smithsonian Institution’s newest addition: the National Museum of African American History and Culture.


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Tools, such as Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL hex impact driver kit, are available to rent.
Cool Tools: Renting Tools And Equipment

These days, almost anything can be rented, and the rental industry has done a good job making consumers and business owners aware of the benefits of renting versus owning.


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A Look To The Future At Greenbuild 2016

Energy efficiency and energy-use data collection are both trends in today’s green marketplace, and they were the topic of much discussion at the 2016 Greenbuild Conference, held in October in Los Angeles.



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OSHA Awards $10.5 Million To Nonprofits For Safety Training, Education


In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.5 million in safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).


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Minnesota Power Plant Recycles Storm Debris For Fuel


This summer, in the aftermath of a heavy storm, Duluth, Minn., residents were mostly concerned about when their electricity would be restored. They were unlikely to be thinking about how the city would dispose of all of the toppled trees.


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Business And Government Embrace Outdoor Lighting Upgrades


As local government and business owners look for ways to improve efficiency and reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, outdoor lighting has become one of the most practical ways for them to reach their goals.



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Grounding, Bonding And Wiring

This article is part 4 in a series that reviews some of the more significant revisions and new requirements in the next National Electrical Code (NEC).


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Fiber Optic Testing

Continuing the thread of measurement uncertainty in fiber optics, this month I discuss measuring the loss of an installed fiber optic cable plant. Optical loss, tested with a light source, power meter and two reference cables, is the most common measurement in fiber optics.



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Stay In Control: Lighting Control Systems Certification

Over the past 10 to 15 years, commercial building energy codes have increasingly mandated automatic lighting controls.


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