While most of the great, revolutionary benefits of the Internet have long since been recognized, there has been one holdout. Voice over Internet protocol (VoIP) has never quite achieved a breakthrough into widespread adoption.
The smart grid concept is transforming- how the United States will produce, deliver and manage electric power to factories, schools, offices and homes. A continental end-to-end rebuild may be years away, but its development is now.
With all the current hype -surrounding the development of renewable power, one looming question remains. The proverbial elephant in the room is whether existing infrastructure is adequate to transmit all of this newly generated electricity from solar, wind, biomass and other green sources.
Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes rose for a second consecutive month in May to its highest level in more than two years, according to the latest National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI).
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) planned some changes to rules that may affect electrical contractors and their employees. First, the final rule requiring employers to notify their workers of all hexavalent chromium exposures became effective on June 15, 2010.
Construction employment increased between April 2009 and 2010 in more metro areas (17) than at any point during the past 12 months, according to a new analysis of federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.
As the electric grid develops to incorporate renewable generation, more robust transmission and smart meters, utilities are beginning to work on the final segment of delivery by automating their distribution networks.
In an effort to assist small contractors who are struggling to comply with new Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) lead paint abatement regulations, the U.S. Senate passed an amendment, authored by Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, to the Fiscal Year 2010 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations Bill.
The California State Assembly passed AB 2514, legislation that members hope will create a smarter electric grid, increase the use of renewable energy, save Californians money by avoiding the need to build new power plants, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants through
Duke Energy, an electric utility for the Southeast and Midwest, has finalized an agreement with the Department of Energy (DOE) for $204 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to support smart grid projects in the company’s five-state service territory.
Solar and wind power continue to grab the majority of headlines in the ongoing coverage of the growth of renewable power. Now, at least one other alternative-energy source has been quietly rising—literally and figuratively—in global use and awareness.
While small-scale, customer-owned power generation could prove to be a vital launching pad for the renewable-power revolution, the lack of uniform standards has delayed liftoff with cloudy skies. At least one state has recognized this dilemma and taken steps to rectify it.
GlobalSpec—a specialized search engine, information resource, e-publishing and online events company for the engineering, industrial and technical communities—announced the availability of “2010 Economic Outlook Survey: How Industrial Companies Can Succeed in the Current Economy.” The survey result
A new survey of more than 1,400 North American executives and managers responsible for making investments and managing energy in commercial buildings found that planned investment in energy efficiency is expected to rebound in 2010.
The Obama Administration is authorized to play a more active and supportive role in encouraging and progressing the energy efficiency and sustainability of America’s multifamily and commercial building stock, according to a report released by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).