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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.

Cyrus One Data Center

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.

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Our Take: Disruptive Technologies Headlines NECA Annual Conference

By Michael Mock

I just returned from the National Electrical Contractor Association’s international conference held in Boston. Two words – “Disruptive Technologies.”

Like virtually every industry, the electrical construction industry is undergoing a massive transition in both the way we think about our work and how we perform our work. As one conference speaker asked, “Are you a resistor or a transistor?” Resistance is futile!

Net Zero Plus facility

News from LA: Electrical Apprentices Call Net-Zero Plus Building Home

By Michael Mock, Vice President Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

California is well recognized as a national leader in energy-saving and sustainable building practices. Going beyond simply reducing energy consumption, our friends in Los Angeles recently completed construction of a building that produces more energy than it consumes.

The building, known as the Net-Zero Plus Electric Training Institute (NZP-ETI), is the largest net zero plus commercial building retrofit in the United States. The 144,000 square-foot facility houses a state-of-the-art training center for electricians and apprentices and is jointly funded by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 11 and Los Angeles Chapter of National Electrical Contractors Association.

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Navy Yard Transformed to Energy Innovation Hub

By Michael Mock, Vice President Industry Development, The Electrical Alliance

Philadelphia, long known as the City of Brotherly Love, is gaining a national reputation as a hub of cutting-edge energy and sustainability because of the research being conducted at the Philadelphia Navy Yard. While no longer an active military base, the Navy Yard is buzzing with some of the most innovative findings on energy efficiency technology in the country.

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Washington, DC Apprenticeship Program Wins National Competition

By Kevin Burton, NECA/IBEW Local 26 JATC Assistant Director

The Electrical Training Alliance (formerly known as the NJATC) launched a Code Challenge competition in February. The challenge was designed to be facilitated by instructors during classroom time. Nine apprentices decided to take the challenge.

AA4 Jessica Hitt took the leadership role and assembled a team that included Lonnie Adams, Gerard Andrews, Nicole Griffith, Maikil Herndon, Prentise Hicks, Andrew Jewett, Ghedolom Kiros and James Reid.

During the month of April these students coordinated their schedules in order to meet three-six hours a week at the JATC computer lab to participate in the challenge.

Needless to say, they won, beating Local 3 in the final round! A total of 88 teams participated. For their efforts, they win an all-expense paid trip to the NFPA Conference and Expo in Las Vegas in June.

Our apprentices rock!

Learn more about the Code Challenge and the Washington, DC JATC.