It’s been eight years since major energy legislation was passed, but current House and Senate proposals that would strengthen America’s infrastructure and increase energy efficiency are exciting prospects for electrical contractors.
Energy storage has become a hot topic, vitalized by the need to address issues related to green electrical construction, smart grid initiatives and energy independence. You won’t hear about it on the news every day (not yet, anyway).
I set out on a new journey when I officially became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) on Jan. 1, after spending a year working as Dennis Quebe’s understudy for this role. I would like to thank everyone who is traveling along with me.
The focus of the electrical contracting industry has always been energy. That’s obvious. But, reflect on the history of the industry for a few moments, and it’s just as obvious that the role electrical contractors perform with regard to energy has changed dramatically.
The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) established the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) in 1941. Dedicated to creating the best electrical workers in the world, it succeeded remarkably.
Although the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) does not develop standards itself, nearly 9,500 norms and guidelines produced by organizations, such as the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), carry the ANSI designation, and those standards directly affect virtually every a
Solar power alone won’t solve America’s energy woes. Thousands of acres of wind farms won’t get the job done either. In fact, there is not one single way to guarantee we’ll have sufficient energy now and in the future.
Since 1994, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (www.esfi.org) has promoted electrical safety across North America by facilitating public education throughout the year and observing National Electrical Safety Month (NESM) each May.
In February’s column, I discussed why the Electrical Transmission & Distribution (ET&D) Partnership is an example of an Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) cooperative program that has worked out extremely well.
Reports that 2013 was the year America achieved energy independence are wildly exaggerated. But something very big did happen: The United States became the world’s biggest producer of oil and natural gas.
When the Electrical Transmission & Distribution (ET&D) Partnership was first launched on Aug. 20, 2004—among OSHA, NECA, the IBEW, the Edison Electric Institute, and six of the nation’s largest line contractors—the original charter was set to last only until 2006.
The changing of the calendar fills some people with regret for missed opportunities, unfulfilled promises and unresolved challenges. But, for those with a more optimistic and practical nature, each January brings new opportunities to take well-thought-out action and get things right.
“If you have been waiting on the sidelines, now is the time to engage, because there’s no turning back,” according to “Achieving Spatial Coordination through BIM—A Guide for Specialty Contractors.” This landmark document was released in early November for contractors who want to implement building i
After 18 workers fell to their deaths from communication towers in 2008, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) proclaimed tower climbing to be “the most dangerous job in America.” In 2013, at least 10 workers have died in falls from communication towers, and more have been serious