Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

Certified Multi-Media Solutions, Farmingdale, N.Y., is a low-voltage contractor that has been in business since 2005.

Throughout my career, I have found contractors that attempt to perform fire alarm system installations by the seat of their pants. A contractor typically has grown up in the industry with some valuable training resources.

Fluke Networks' DSX-8000 cable analyzer and accessories

Structured wiring technicians carry their own tools for everyday work, but the companies that employ them often find it practical and economical to rent high-end network-testing equipment. Specialty rental companies carry broad selections of network and electrical testers.


How often does something go wrong on a project? I bet your answer is, “Too often.” Of course, when this happens, it erodes profitability.


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Report Gauges State Level Grid Modernization Efforts

In recent years, the North Carolina Clean Energy Technology Center (CETC), a think tank based at North Carolina State University, has been releasing a quarterly report titled, "50 States of Solar," which tracks solar policymaking at the state level around the nation.


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New Math

It seems like every decade or so, elementary school educators employ a new way of teaching math. When parents try to help, they are greeted with “That’s not how we do it.” Yet the fundamental laws of mathematics haven’t changed since the time of the ancient Greek and Persian mathematicians.



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Blending Online and Classroom Training


In our technological world, we all know training is mandatory to successfully break into any new type of work. For more than 25 years, the Fiber Optics Association (FOA) has been involved with training courses for electricians who want to get involved in fiber optics and cabling.



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Submetering Goes Mainstream

Until recently, the energy standards referenced by state and municipal building codes in the United States have emphasized performance levels of products specified for lighting, air conditioning and other building systems without reference to the importance of maintaining those performance levels ov


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Energy Efficiency Could Level Demand In The Southeast


In the changing dynamic of energy resources, efficiency is playing a vital role. Even if political support for efficiency diminishes, its importance to the future of energy remains.


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California Proposal Would Double Funding Of Energy-Storage Incentives


California is already a national leader in energy storage. Now, a member of the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Clifford Rechtschaffen, has submitted a proposed decision that would double funding for the state’s Self Generation Incentive Program.


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Transmission Upgrade 
Coming To New Mexico


As the U.S. energy industry has evolved, major flaws in the transmission infrastructure have been exposed. Upgrades are the new norm. Recently, one utility in New Mexico launched a major project to upgrade its transmission lines.


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