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Standardizing Energy-Efficiency Projects Help to Ensure Cost Effectiveness

According to Matt Golden, a senior energy finance consultant with the Environmental Defense Fund (EDF), in discussing the challenges associated with energy efficiency projects in a May 4 article on the Utility Dive website, noted, "These projects are very complicated and are unique by nature.


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Commercial Submetering to Skyrocket in New York City

Submetering has almost always been the "rule of thumb" for residential building tenants (apartments and other multifamily buildings) as a way for building owners to ensure each tenant receives and pays bills for their specific usage of utilities (electric, gas and/or water).


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The Impact of the Electric Grid "Investment Gap" on the Nation's Competitiveness

Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes "The Report Card for America's Infrastructure," which grades the current state of the nation's infrastructure segments on a scale of A through F.


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In Memoriam: Larry C. Osius

It is with great sadness that we mark the passing of Larry C. Osius (1931–2016). Larry died Sunday, May 15, 2016.


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Illumination With A Brain: Intelligent lighting control

While the light-emitting diode (LED) has gotten a lot of attention in recent years, another revolution has quietly developed in the background: intelligent (digital) lighting control. The future of lighting is solid-state, and it will be highly controlled.



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Electrical Safety Training: What Could Go Wrong?

Performing electrical work without being properly trained can be deadly. I have seen this hold true during numerous investigations.



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Whatever You Do, Don't Look Down

After a recent trade show in Las vegas, some colleagues and I took a road trip to Hoover Dam.


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Important Modifications: Proposed changes to silica regulations


On March 25, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published its final rule, updating the more than 40-year-old standard addressing respirable crystalline silica exposure limits and other silica-related hazards.


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May is National Electrical Safety Month

While National Electrical Safety Month was created and is also primarily managed by the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), a number of other entities engage in activities and promote in other ways.


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Cool Tools: Ladders And Ladder Safety

Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest.


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To Ground Or Not To Ground

Does the National Electrical Code (NEC) require a 480-volt (V), three-phase, 3-wire, delta-connected system to be grounded? No, it is optional. This article examines the NEC’s electrical-system grounding provision.


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Incident-Energy Calculations

This article is the third in a series that provides a step-by-step approach for performing arc flash hazard calculations. Parts 1 and 2 appeared in the January and March 2016 issues of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR, respectively.


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There Is No Equal ... Or Is There?

Let’s say you had a specification that expressly required you to provide a Honda Civic by name but then clearly described a Chevy Blazer. Do you provide the name brand as listed, or do you provide a vehicle that meets the detailed description?


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Insights From the CABA Conference in San Diego

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) held its conference in San Diego at the end of last month at the Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego.


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J.M. Electrical Navigates Hospital PV Installation

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, there’s a lot more to it than just throwing down a towel and catching some rays. Ask J.M. Electrical Co. Inc. The Lynnfield, Mass., contractor with 140 electricians just completed an installation that was anything but typical.



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Pepco-Exelon Merger Alters Utility Landscape


On March 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will serve 10 million customers.



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U.S. Energy-Storage Market Broke Records In 2015


The success of one technology often feeds another. For example, renewable power and energy storage have each other to thank, in many respects, for their combined rising popularity. Storage helps meet the needs of renewables, and their growth, in turn, increases the demand for more storage.



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Arizona Solar-Power Controversy Heats Up Again


Like the desert in summer, the solar power controversy in Arizona continues to sizzle. The drama involving Arizona Public Service (APS), net metering and solar power has been well documented. Now, a new storyline has emerged.



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Ideas That Work: PEX Fishing, Looping and Laser Measuring

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


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Comprehensive Energy Bill Likely to Become Law

In late April, the U.S. Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), an incredibly comprehensive piece of legislation as it relates to energy policy.


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