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The Growing Implications of Microgrids

According to a new report from the National Electrical Manufacturing Assocition (NEMA), microgrids will soon be considered an integral component of the nation's power delivery system.

U.S. Energy Storage Market on a Path of Expansion

As storage technology plays a widening role in an energy culture that has become increasingly reliant on renewables and efficiency, the market for the technology has grown in equal measure.

New York Puts Green Backup Power on Wheels

This summer, New York-based Consolidated Edison (Con Edison) spent $1.6 billion to upgrade its delivery system, including 12 network transformers, 70 overhead transformers, 16 underground feeder sections, 37 overhead sections of power lines and reinforcement of 25 electric feeders.

Building Energy Management Systems Continue To Evolve

It has become an axiom of the sustainable energy movement that various trends feed the market for new and innovative technology. For example, the push for greater energy efficiency has fueled the market for building energy management systems (BEMS).

Rise of the Machines

The leaves are turning here in Bethesda, Md. Fall is a cliched metaphor for change, and it’s the part of the annual cycle that cynics abhor for pumpkin-spiced everything.

Manage Your Marketing

While electrical contractors demonstrate proficiency in completing electrical projects, the process of prospecting for leads, securing contract opportunities and promoting their skills to targeted audiences are necessary components of a thriving business.

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Cool Tools: Fish Tape

Fish tapes are essential basic tools that are easy to take for granted, but imagine pulling cable through on a large commercial job without them.

ETAJ training coordinator Danny VanSickle and instructor Sanders Masters help deliver a trailer full of donated goods to flood victims.
A Storm By Any Other Name: Louisiana Recovers From Devastating August Floods

Between Aug. 12–22, an unnamed storm damaged more than 150,000 southern Louisiana homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards said part of the state received more rain in 48 hours than the Mississippi River discharges into the Gulf of Mexico in 18 days.

Florida Voters Give Solar Power A Boost

Solar power has been met with controversy in states such as Arizona and Oklahoma. In contrast, lawmakers and voters in Florida seem to have warmed 
to the idea.

Gaston Electrical's headquarters
Gaston Electrical Installs Rooftop Solar Power On Headquarters

In March, Gaston Electrical Co.
 Inc. installed a 175.8-kilowatt (kW) rooftop photovoltaic (PV) solar-power system on the roof of its headquarters in Norwood, Mass. The system eliminates 55 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from the atmosphere, according to a press release.

New England States Collectively Evaluating Renewables

Government has always played an indispensable role in fostering the growth of renewable-energy resources. Just as one city or state can have tremendous impact, the effect of that involvement is magnified when multiple agencies share a common vision.

Methods of Detection: Smoke And Heat Detectors

Recently, I encountered questions regarding the nonactuation of smoke detectors in an atmosphere the occupants reported as “smoky.” The discussions revealed a general misunderstanding of how a fuel-dependent fire grows, how smoke and heat detectors function, and how a designer should apply them to a

Words Of Warning, Prefab Requirements And More

Jim Dollard has an extensive background in codes and standards. If you have a query about the National Electrical Code (NEC), Jim will help you solve it. Questions can be sent to codefaqs@gmail.com. Answers are based on the 2014 NEC.

Under The Hot Sun: Ambient Temperature Adjustments on Rooftops

Ambient temperature correction adjustments relating to conduits exposed to sunlight on rooftops were inserted into the 2008 National Electrical Code (NEC) as new subsection 310.15(B)(2)(c) with accompanying Table 310.15(B)(2)(c).

Wired For The Information Age

Automation is on the cusp of changing our lives—from the speed with which an ecommerce order is fulfilled, to the method we use to check in to our flight and travel to our destination.

Easy On The Eyes: Eye Protection

Every day, More than 2,000 people incur job-related eye injuries that require medical treatment. It is estimated that proper eye and face protection can prevent 90 percent of these injuries.

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Getting It Just Right: Fine-Tuning Estimates

You just spent a lot of time taking off a set of drawings and more time entering the takeoff into your estimating system. Now you can relax, wait for the quotes to come in, send your final price to the general contractors and win the job. Right? I don’t think so.

Energy Darwinism: Storage and Renewables

The world’s six leading oil and gas companies, collectively known as the “supermajors,” face a conundrum.

NECA 2016 Boston, Day One

If you read our magazine, you're probably an electrical contractor, and if you're an electrical contractor, you've probably heard about the annual NECA Trade Show and Convention.

NECA 2016 Boston, Day Two

As with any trade show, everything at NECA 2016 Boston revolves around the show floor. For several hours every day, hundreds of industry figures have taken to the Boston Convention and Exposition Center to explore the latest products and services that the largest brands have to offer.