It took just minutes for the 2003 nightmare at The Station nightclub in West Warwick, R.I., to reach its climax. The blaze was Rhode Island's most devastating fire in decades and the fourth-deadliest nightclub fire in U.S. history.
You could not find two adjacent states taking more opposite approaches to electric markets than Maryland and Virginia. But they still have one thing in common that could be good for electrical contractors. Governors of both states have issued orders for conservation upgrades worth millions.
The National Park Service (NPS) is in charge of protecting our national parks. It only makes sense, then, that NPS is pushing for environmentally friendly lighting systems in those parks. Green Energy Parks, a joint program of the NPS, the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) and the U.S.
New utility business regulations could affect you Is electric transmission a natural monopoly or not? Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have authority over states and utilities to order restructuring and regulation of transmission systems?
First federal privacy standard affects all aspects of healthcare The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA, though some may even know it as the Kennedy-Kassebaum Act) seems to keep making things more difficult for those in the healthcare industry.
E-Rate is a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) program aimed at the telecommunications and technology industry. It is actually administered by the Schools and Libraries Division of the Universal Service Administration (www.sl.universalservice.org).
A retail clothing store advertises, “An educated consumer is our best customer.” Prices are adjusted weekly, and if you know the value of designer merchandise on the racks, you can get some very good bargains.
The terrorist acts of Sept. 11, 2001 created changes in our lives and businesses in ways in which most of us never dreamed possible. One of the most immediate changes in the way in which many do business was the passage of the Patriot Act. The U.S.A.
Electrical contractors working for utilities or interested in a growing niche market might do well to investigate opportunities in distributed energy resources (DER). They are parallel and stand-alone electric generation units located within the electric distribution system at or near the end-user.
When most people think of the word “government,” the word “regulation” is usually close behind. The government regulates the speed that you can drive on the highways, how much income tax you pay, how much pollution a factory can emit, even which drugs can be sold (legally).
The Spearin Doctrine, Christian Doctrine, False Claims Act, BCAs, FARs, Davis-Bacon. If you do not know all of these concepts, you should rethink bidding on a federal government project. One of my clients was awarded a subcontract on an Air Force job.
Are fire alarm system requirements for healthcare facilities different than for other occupancies? Are the requirements for fire alarms different from one code to another? Today, there are two new building codes available.
Working with conflicting standards In the 13 years since Congress signed the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 (ADA) into law, contractors have experienced confusion over exactly how the law affects fire alarm systems and what role they must play in complying with the law.
In the day-to-day challenges of electrical contracting, when a specific wiring question arises, the wiring methods you use depend on what you have learned in the trade along with an occasional dose of the National Electrical Code.