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Biden Administration Approves Increased EV Charger Funds

Electric vehicle charging networks will be more easily accessible under a new deal signed by the Biden administration.

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Fire Alarm Code Questions and Answers

During the year, I get a lot of questions regarding the National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code that on the surface create confusion, or worse, misinterpretation of the requirements. So, I thought it would be beneficial to discuss a few of the most often asked questions. It is important to know which edition of the code has been adopted in your jurisdiction, but also what the current edition has for the same requirement.

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DOE Releases Roadmap for Decarbonizing America’s Industrial Sector

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) released an “Industrial Decarbonization Roadmap,” announcing $104 million to advance emission reduction technology that can decarbonize the nation’s industrial sector.

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Hydrogen Breathes New (Cleaner) Life Into Utah Coal Plant

In a first-of-its-kind transformation, Utah’s Intermountain Power Plant will begin to transition away from coal to hydrogen production, by way of natural gas as a stepping stone.

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Undergrounding Cables Could Help Coastal Regions Withstand Extreme Weather Events

While excessive heat waves and monster storms remind us of the effects of global warming, a new study concludes that these effects can be mitigated.

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Distributed Antenna Systems Grow with Wireless Connectivity

The need for uninterrupted continuity of wireless signaling is propelling the distributed antenna system (DAS) market into double-digit growth and widespread global deployment. A staple of in-building, code-required systems for amplifying RF signaling in life safety and public safety communications, the DAS market is moving into additional wireless deployments to handle increased mobile data traffic, the proliferation of connected devices and demand for extended network coverage.

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Construction Robotics Use on the Rise in the United States

Straits Research firm predicts that the use of robotics in construction will triple globally by 2030, increasing from a market size valued at $50 million in 2021 to $164 million in just nine years. North America and Europe hold the lion’s share of the market and are expected to continue to be the biggest adopters.

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Our Industry Is About Relationships

When electrical contractors held the first NECA Convention in 1901, they joined leaders from St. Louis, Detroit, Cleveland and Buffalo to set the industry standard. Today, our relationships stretch across the country. There are more opportunities than ever to unite, share new ideas and discover best practices. These origins reflect the criticality of our organization, and they are why I always take great pleasure in attending the NECA Convention and Trade Show year after year.

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Money Mining: States air cryptocurrency’s dirty laundry

For a technology that few people actually understand, cryptocurrency uses a heck of a lot of electricity, and that energy demand is growing rapidly. According to a 2021 New York Times article, international power demand for Bitcoin—the largest cryptocurrency—already totals more than seven times what Google requires for its global operations. All this to support a market that was nothing more than an idea in 2009. Now states are beginning to recognize the problems that level of demand can cause for energy supplies and increasingly ambitious clean energy goals.

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Inspired Ideas for Inverters: The new technology we need to meet today’s clean-energy goals

We’ve all read about the large quantity of new renewable energy and storage resources we’ll need to add to the nation’s grid to achieve the goal of 100% climate-friendly energy generation. Getting those projects designed, approved and built will be a heavy lift, especially considering aggressive state and national timelines for reaching carbon-reduction targets. But new supporting technologies are also needed to ensure new wind and solar arrays remain compatible with traditional turbine-based generators as their numbers scale up.