In April 23-26, 2007, the inaugural GridWeek event took place in the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington, DC. The purpose was to raise awareness and generate support for advancing and modernizing the grid and bring attention to an impending problem.
According to the most recent data from the United States Fire Administration, home electrical problems are responsible for an estimated 67,800 fires every year, resulting in 485 deaths, 2,300 injuries and more than $868 million in residential property loss. The U.S.
Distributing Efficiency TEN YEARS AGO utility distribution systems faced the threat of aging equipment and the need to enable distributed resources—in this case, independent power producers borne out of deregulation—to connect to the larger grid.
Inadequate investment in the power grid transmission network remains the Achilles’ heel of the nation’s electric system, according to an engineer who specializes in utility policy at the University of Illinois (UI).
Between a troubled public utility power grid, unprecedented demand for power by a growing population and the need to protect an increasingly digitally dependent economy, everyone from major manufacturing facilities to homeowners are recognizing the need and value of the protection and capabilities
Up to 2,500 megawatts (mw) of wind energy capacity are scheduled to come online in the United States this year, bringing new power to the equivalent of 700,000 homes and injecting more than $3 billion of investment into the power generation sector. Wind power has truly become a reality.
Home of the NCAA Division I football and basketball Orangemen and the country’s fifth-largest indoor stadium, Syracuse University’s Carrier Dome has been a pressing concern for school officials for several years. The concern comes with good reason.
Unusual circumstances affected the planning for the new Omaha JATC facility. The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 22 and National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) Nebraska chapter shared a building and were looking for more space together.
An energy transition with the potential to revolutionize the country's infrastructure is gaining momentum. It is not brokered through expanded power grids or traditional fossil-based economics-it is powered through fuel cells. Fuel cell development is on the upswing.
Photovoltaic (PV) modules convert sunlight directly into electrical energy. Integrating PV into a building will impact its operation. Not only will the PV system produce electric energy to serve building loads but it can also reduce the building's electric demand and air-conditioning heat load.
Cincinnati has always been a baseball town. In recent years, the city has focused on redeveloping its riverfront, including the area where the Reds baseball team and the NFL Bengals shared the old Riverfront stadium.
Manufacturers of standby power generators aren't sitting back and waiting for someone else to reinvent the market-they're doing it themselves. Don't think of backup power generators as noisy, chugging units that struggle into operation.
When Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) considered construction of The Ray and Maria Stata Center for Computer, Information, and Intelligence Sciences, the facility committee wanted something bold.
As the Great Blackout of 2003 rolled through the Northeast and Midwest, a lot of people were left in the dark. But the blackout turned on the lights for a group of National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) member contractors in Michigan. They saw the blackout as opportunity knocking.