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450 IBEW, Local 26 Journeymen Help Transform Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal

A project years in the making is nearing completion and members of IBEW, Local 26 have been a part of it from day one. In 2011, Dominion Cove Point LNG Terminal, located in Calvert County, MD, took steps to undergo a transformation from a liquefied natural gas storage facility to one that includes export and liquefaction capabilities. Local 26 leaders aided its efforts in gaining approvals. After securing the required permits, construction officially got underway in 2014.

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May’s Must-Read Sustainability Articles

Electrical Alliance contractors think about energy management, green building, microgrids and SmartCities all the time. This month, we’ve curated a list of recent articles related to sustainability to keep you up to date on what’s happening in our region, the country and the green technology industry overall.

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Cabling Systems, Inc. Low-Voltage Projects Earn Trust of National Bank

Trust is important in any project, but especially for a major financial institution. That’s why a national bank turned to Electrical Alliance contractor, Cabling Systems, Inc. of Beltsville, Md., to rewire existing bank branches and perform complete renovation projects, including placing desktop computers and phones and installing new network switches, servers, routers, uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) and wireless controllers.

Distributed Energy Resources’ Roles in the Alternative Energy Market

By Michael Mock, VP of Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

David Crane, former CEO of NRG and a nationally recognized expert on the generation and distribution of electrical services has noted “the current command-and-control, centralized, one-size-fits-all wire and wooden pole system invented by Thomas Edison is going to be quickly replaced with initiatives in the smart home with home solar, distributed generation, reliability solutions, microgrids, electric vehicle charging and portable solar and energy storage products.”

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May is Construction Industry Safety Month

By Jerry Rivera, Washington, DC NECA Safety Director

Everyone knows that construction sites can be of particular danger to the untrained eye. It is for this reason that the construction industry has designated May as the National safety Month for construction. It is during this time that you can witness the construction industry taking a stand for safety. Below are just a few of the safety stand-downs that are scheduled for 2017.

The Future of Green Building Performance

By Mark Bryan, Director, National Capital Region, United States Green Building Council

Although “going green” has never been easier for building owners, identifying a starting point and navigating the plethora of technologies and services to achieve sustainability goals can prove daunting.   USGBC has led the global movement toward building green for over two decades, and we believe that performance management enabled by advances in both hardware and software is the next evolutionary step in moving towards greater energy and cost efficiency in green buildings.

Big on BICSI Certification? Try the Electrical Alliance

If you’re one of the many employers who requires the gold standard of BICSI certification, you’ll find the Electrical Alliance has exceptionally qualified workers. Many International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local Union 26 members are BISCI certified, thanks in part to free training offered by the Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (JATC). Of the nearly 50 training courses that JATC offers each semester in the Washington, D.C., area, four are BICSI certifications.

Electrical Alliance Continues its Support of SkillsUSA

By Mike Miller, JATC Assistant Director

This year, 27 participants competed in the SkillsUSA residential wiring competition in our area. Fifteen competed in Virginia at the Blue Ridge Technical Center and 12 participants competed at Southern Maryland’s North Point High School. Several JATC instructors acted as judges for the competition.

“Laissez Les Bons Temps Rouler!” – Let The Good Times Roll!

By Michael Mock, VP of Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

Economists’ projections for construction activity in the Washington, D.C. market are extremely bullish. A number of experts are confident that 2017 will be an excellent year for the industry and they are confident that 2018 will be equally strong.