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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.

New out of old

Community Energy Renaissance

Be it eco-districts or district energy, the result is the same—independent power. In place for decades across the country, district energy is evolving. Eco-districts, a newly coined term, have priorities that often extend beyond energy.

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.

Ideal blue-steel fish tape
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.

The old days

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.

Ideas That Work: Trucks, Cable and Templates

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

Beyond Labels And PPE

This article is the fifth and final part in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash hazard calculations. The previous parts appeared in the January, March, May and July 2016 issues of ELECTRICAL ­CONTRACTOR and are on www.ecmag.com.

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.

NECA 2016 Boston, Day Three

Wooh! Well, we made it. Yesterday (October 10) was the final day of the 2016 NECA show. It’s been a crazy few days for us at ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.