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2018 Project Highlight: Power Solutions Completes Work for New S.T.E.M. School

This spring, a project two years in the making was completed, allowing a new S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) program near Leesburg, VA to open its doors to students for the 2018-19 school year. Electrical Alliance contractor, Power Solutions, installed all electrical services and metering; the power distribution system; all interior, emergency, exterior, and building facade lighting; and the fire alarm, grounding and lightening protection systems at The Academies of Loudoun.

Smart Innovations Continue to Enhance Buildings and Cities

The energy industry is anything but stagnant. And that keeps contractors on their toes when it comes to understanding the possibilities available in electrical construction.

The Electrical Alliance is a critical resource for general contractors seeking information on hot topics, such as energy efficiency and resiliency. We’ve curated some of the latest news and trends we’re keeping tabs on locally and nationally to make buildings and cities smarter so that you can stay current too: 

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IBEW Local 26 Celebrates 125 Years

Near the end of 19th century a group of skilled electricians chartered the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 26 in Washington, D.C. Since 1892, thousands of journeyman electricians have been trained by the union and have worked on countless projects around our region—from remodeling the White House in 1902 to rebuilding the Pentagon after the September 11, 2001 attacks.

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Growing Interest in Green Building Investments

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

Today there is a growing interest of investors and financial institutions in funding green/sustainable projects. In fact, a recent report from Goldman Sachs illustrates this trend.

Alberto Gandolfi, a managing director at Goldman who specializes in utilities research states: “What started as a decarbonization process, thanks to better technology, is about to become a process driven by costs and the economics.” Put another way, what is good for the environment is also good for the bottom line.

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.