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Eye on Innovation

Electrical Alliance electrical contractors train their teams on new technologies on an ongoing basis. Keeping up with technological advancements, how they impact the buildings we construct or maintain, and where investments are being made is part of our business. This month, we’ve curated a list of recent articles related to innovations in the industry to keep you up-to-date on advances coming to electrical construction.

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Here Comes the Sun

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

The dog days of summer are upon us. And while sunny days bring high temperatures, they are also a reminder of a rapidly growing market – solar-related projects.

The marketplace for electrical contracting services is changing rapidly. Some traditional markets are dwindling, while others, including solar, are on the rise, seeing growth in the commercial, governmental and institutional sectors.

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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 Energy began construction on a natural gas liquefaction project at its Cove Point LNG Terminal, located in Calvert County, MD. The facility, which has been serving as an import terminal for liquefied natural gas, will become bi-directional and able to both import and export LNG. Local 26 leaders aided its efforts in gaining approvals. After securing the required permits, construction officially got underway in October 2014. The project is on schedule for completion in the fourth quarter of this year.

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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.

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.”

“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.

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Rosendin Electric Sets Time Records for Data Center Work in Sterling, Virginia

Electrical Alliance contractor, Rosendin Electric, has a reputation for quick and quality work, but some of their most recent projects for CyrusOne in Sterling, Virginia are truly record-setting. Building 1, known as Project David is 132,000 square feet of ground up construction. Buildings 2 & 3, known as Project Goliath, is 220,00 square feet. It was constructed in less than six months, the shortest time to completion ever achieved by CyrusOne for an enterprise-scale data center of its size.