The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s new “Annual Energy Outlook 2014” predicts that below-average annual increases in U.S. electric generating capacity will occur through 2040; most new capacity will be natural gas-fired facilities.
In the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.
Less than one year after raising the ire of solar-power advocates by imposing feed-in tariffs on homeowners with rooftop installations, the Arizona Public Service Co. has come up with a completely different proposal that is likely to generate just as much opposition.
Solar-power researchers are always trying to squeeze more power out of their devices. After all, more power from solar cells effectively lowers the overall cost, and a more cost-effective cell will make solar photovoltaics more competitive with other forms of electrical generation.
Design/build, lean construction and building information modeling are more widely practiced in the industry these days. To help electrical contractors stay in front of this curve, the NECA Show will feature exhibitors and educational programs that focus on these processes.
Rather than plugging in an electric vehicle (EV) to recharge the battery (conductive charging), inductive charging, also known as wireless charging, uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between the charging base and a vehicle’s battery.
Commercial buildings could cut their heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) electricity use by an average of 57 percent with advanced energy-efficiency controls, according to a year-long trial of advanced controls at malls, grocery stores and other buildings across the country.
One measure of an industry event’s success is the common experience of its attendees. Presenters and products are key, but the event’s ability to bring colleagues together to meet, reunite and connect is equally important.
In the first week of June, the Occupational Safety and Health Adminisration (OSHA) conducted a National Safety Stand-Down, a voluntary event for employers to talk directly to employees about safety. This year’s event focused on fall hazards and the importance of fall prevention.