A cliche normally reserved for the fashion industry has seeped into the thinking of business owners, politicians, bureaucrats, media pundits, advertisers, and everyday people: Green is the new black. It goes with everything.
Despite a plethora of foreboding trends lurking over the continent like an ominous black cloud—global climate change, escalating demand, aging and inadequate infrastructure—the outlook for North American electricity reliability for the coming summer season is surprisingly good.
It may sound odd when I say a week-long event completed a couple of months ago left a legacy. However, a legacy can be defined as something from the past that enriches beneficiaries in the present and future, and I believe the 2007 Solar Decathlon will provide benefits well beyond its duration.
At approximately 2 pm on Friday, August 24, 2007, National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Standards Executive Director Brooke Stauffer and his fiancée, Karen Dodds, went missing as she flew her small, single-engine plane over Lake Huron.
The last time NECA’s convention and trade show was held in San Francisco was 16 years ago, and those who haven’t visited since will notice many changes. Yet in many ways, the city by the bay remains the same.
"Think NECA” will be a highly visible theme when America’s leading power system, lighting and cabling exposition is held in San Francisco next month. It is intended to encourage industry participants to look to our association for training, education and networking.
News about the events and learning opportunities planned for NECA 2007 San Francisco are featured in both the Industry Watch and NECA Notes sections of the magazine this month. This double exposure indicates that excitement is heating up.
This month, NECA CEO John Grau launched his new web blog, NECA Transmissions; "NECA Transmissions isn't just a blog about the association," he said. " I want NECA Transmissions to continue the conversations I had with contractors and chapter leaders at several recent NECA meetings.
"NECA 100-2006, Standard for Symbols for Electrical Construction Drawings” has been revised and updated. This ANSI-approved standard describes graphic symbols used to represent electrical wiring and equipment on construction drawings.
In the nine years since the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) set out to produce technical manuals defining precisely what the National Electrical Code means by installing products and systems in a “neat and workmanlike” manner, our association has become a major standards-developi