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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.

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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.”