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Fire at Power Plant Causes Island-Wide Blackout in Puerto Rico

Most of the 3.5 million residents of Puerto Rico have spent two days without power as the result of a fire at Aguirre power plant in the southern town of Salinas, according to the Associated Press.


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Decisions, Decisions: Cognitive Bias in Individuals, Groups and Organizations

Various internet sources claim that adults make an average of 35,000 decisions each day. While that total may be in dispute, it highlights the constant activity our brains are in deciding on matters both inconsequential and life changing.


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Thomas Edison Statue Dedicated at U.S. Capitol

In the United States Capitol, just south of the rotunda, sits the National Statuary Hall, a collection of 100 sculptures of prominent Americans.


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New England States Collectively Evaluating Renewables

Government has always played an indispensable role 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.


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Decoding Energy Codes

Commercial building energy codes impose design standards for nonresidential buildings’ energy efficiency. Many states have implemented an energy code to regulate building design.



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Risky Business: Fire Protection for 
Historic Structures

Few building types pose the fire-protection challenges that museums present to fire-safety-system designers and installers. Certainly, the safety of building occupants remains the top responsibility.


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Fleeting Benefits: EVs Find a Home in the Commercial Market

As with conventional gasoline-powered vehicles, 
the consumer market for electric vehicles (EVs) gets the glamour, but fleets can be where real money is made.


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Bidding Efficiency

Estimators are the link between the contractor and the customer, the project and the contract, the company and its revenue. While only a percentage of estimates yield a project, contractors know each one needs to be treated as a sure thing.


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Strategic Assembly: Prefab Lighting

Prefabricated lighting is an increasingly popular strategy in today’s competitive construction and upgrade market. It can help save electrical contractors (ECs) time and money in the field while offering greater control over the product and installation process.


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Fancy Footwork: McDonald Electrical Corp. Helps Renovate Converse’s Boston HQ

As part of Boston’s waterfront renaissance, American shoe company Converse has opened its new headquarters in a facility that housed manufacturing and storage for most of its almost century-long life.


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Just What the Doctor Ordered

Call it the future of healthcare for North Dakotans today and generations to come. Call it the largest publicly funded building project in the history of North Dakota. If you do, you’re right on both counts.



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Boston Public Market Facelift Had Unusual Challenges

Boston Public Market is a 28,000-square-foot, indoor marketplace for locally sourced groceries and specialty products, complete with a 3,200-square-foot demonstration kitchen. Working with construction manager Lee Kennedy Co.


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The NECA Show To Be Held In Boston Oct. 7–10


The 62nd annual National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Convention and Trade Show, held in Boston this year from Oct. 7–10, is bursting at the seams with new technology, educational workshops, networking opportunities and product exhibitions.



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ISU: (From left) Beth Hartmann, Jack Finn, Shay Hudachek, Dylan Busby, Caleb Bonderer, Tristen Giralomo, Noah Reddig, Scott Miller, Regan Smiley and Rick Smith. Photo provided by Kate Tindall, ISU CCEE Department.
Green Energy Challenge Winners At NECA Show


Each year, ELECTRI International hosts the Green Energy Challenge for NECA Student Chapters. The 2016 competition challenged teams to design an energy upgrade for a K–12 facility in their community.


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This tunnel lighting is part of Birmingham’s total lighting upgrade.
Garage Lighting Improves Safety And Saves Money


The City of Birmingham, Ala., announced a new project designed to upgrade its current public parking garage lighting to energy-efficient, connected light-emitting diode (LED) lighting. The retrofits are expected to save about $375,000 per year.



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Definitions And Requirements

This article is part 2 in a series that examines some of the more significant revisions and new requirements in the 2017 National Electrical Code (NEC). This piece reviews some significant changes in Articles 100 and 110.
 Article 100­—Definitions



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Milwaukee Hole Dozer hole saw
Cool Tools: Hole Saws

Tools evolve, and even the most basic tools used by electricians—screwdrivers, pliers, measuring devices, etc.—are significantly better than they were 20 years ago. Add hole saws to that list.



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The More I Learn: Answering Sag Questions Creates More Questions


The quote “The more I learn, the more I realize how much I don’t know,” is popularly attributed to Albert Einstein.


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Ideas That Work: Tips, Twists and Tidy Tricks

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


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Emphasizing Compliance

For this month’s safety column, I interviewed John Garbarino, director of marketing for Leviton’s commercial and industrial business division.


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