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New Jersey Incentivizes Energy Efficiency

Energy efficiency has become one of the most important elements of the sustainable energy movement. Despite its growth, government support is still essential. Recognizing that need, the state of New Jersey has approved a sizeable incentive.


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Oregon Adopts 50 Percent Renewable Portfolio Standard

Government thresholds have become a commonly used tool in the pursuit of a cleaner energy mix that is less dependent on fossil fuels.


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Chicago Announces Plans to Switch to LED Streetlights

The city of Chicago announced The Chicago Smart Lighting Project on Sunday, April 17th.


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FCC Wants More Regulation on Broadband

Business broadband has been growing explosively in recent months and years.


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Recent Construction Employment Trend Is Mixed

According to an April report published by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), construction employment increased in 234 out of the 358 metro areas in the United States, was unchanged in 52, and decreased in 72, during the time period from February 2015 to February 2016.


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CGA Promotes Shared Responsibility During National Safe Digging Month

Not everyone knows it, but April is National Safe Digging Month, an event sponsored by the Common Ground Alliance, a 1,700-member organization formed in 2000 to bring together stakeholders involved in the underground utility industry (electric, gas, cable, etc.).


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Legrand, North America Headquarters Installs New Fuel Cell

Cleaner, more efficient electricity is coming to Legrand, North America’s headquarters in West Hartford, Conn., as the company announced the installation of a 500-kilowatt (kW), solid-oxide fuel cell system. ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR was there on Apr.


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Keeping It In-House: Entering the world of prefabrication

In some ways, electrical contractors are becoming manufacturers. Companies of all sizes are prefabricating and modularizing work before the equipment shows up on the construction site.


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The LED at the End of the Tunnel

In the “Downton Abbey” series finale, Cousin Isobel says, “We’re going forward into the future, not back into the past.” And the Dowager Countess replies, “If only we had the choice.”


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Cool Tools: Thermal Imagers

Thermal imaging is a well-established method of detecting potential problems and issues in electrical systems.


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Cool Tools: Label Tools

Making labels on the job site can be a time-consuming task for integrated systems contractors, but it can pay big dividends in the long run.



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It's All About Workmanship

The National Electrical Installation Standards (NEIS) are the only American National Standards Institute-approved performance and workmanship industry standards for electrical construction.


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Codes Working Together: NEC fault-current marking related to NFPA 70E


As Section 110.2 States, The National Electrical Code (NEC) provides installation requirements for electrical conductors and equipment that are either required or permitted to be installed. However, these conductors and equipment are only acceptable if the installation is approved.


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Getting In Tune: Task-tuning brings light to recommended levels


Dimmable lighting control has seen limited application in commercial buildings. However, due to two primary factors, adoption has grown.


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With Or Without You

When the Supreme Court put President Barack Obama’s Clean Power Plan (CPP) on hold in February, pending a federal appeals court case scheduled for June, clean-energy advocates feared this move would jeopardize national efforts to reduce carbon emissions.


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Sprig Electric Cuts Energy Costs With Unique System

Sprig Electric is one of the first electrical contractors (ECs) in the country to pair Tesla’s Powerpack battery with a 350-kilowatt (kW) commercial rooftop photovoltaic (PV) system. In its first month, the paired system has cut energy costs at its San Jose, Calif., headquarters by 80–95 percent.



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Daytona International Speedway 
Turns Toward Solar Power


In February, the Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed one of American professional sports’ largest solar-power installations.



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Saving The Day

Wiremen and linemen face more than twice the mortality rate of police officers or firefighters. Due to being in a confined position, many deaths and injuries occur while workers are on top of utility poles and in elevated bucket trucks.


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The Bright Lights Of LED

The market for light-emitting diode (LED) products and technology is more attractive than ever because of energy-conservation concerns and lower maintenance costs. Until now the cost wasn’t attractive enough for broad appeal. 



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The Importance Of Being Likeable

Started in St. Louis in 1953, PayneCrest Electric Co. Inc. is broadly diversified in electrical and communications installation work, which the company now takes on throughout the United States.


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