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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!

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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.

The Virtuous Cycle and Energy Storage

By Michael Mock

Both utility companies and consumers are recognizing that alternatives to producing electricity by burning fossil fuels are increasingly economical as well as planet friendly. This trend is certainly evident in the greater Washington D.C., area where solar projects continue to increase in both size and number.

Going Green Helps Building Owners Make More Green

By Michael Mock

The demand for greener and sustainable buildings continues to grow. According to the Worldwatch Institute, a respected research firm focused on sustainability, in the USA, “wind, solar, and geothermal energy are all on the rise. At least 17,000 megawatts of these three energy sources are now under construction.” And, according to the Energy Information Administration, renewable energy will account for about one-third of new electricity generation added to the U.S. grid over the next three years.

From Diesel to DER

Addressing the Power Outage Challenge in 2016 and Beyond
By Michael Mock

Most of us have seen large standby generators, often diesel-powered, lurking behind a school, hospital or other facility where continuous, uninterrupted power is essential. Such systems were adequate a decade or so ago for the occasional temporary outage. They are not, however, sufficient to meet the demands of major power outages that, according to a recent report from the organization Climate Central, have increased ten times since the early 1980s.

Mona Electric Helps George Washington University Raise the Bar with its New Science and Engineering Hall

Late in 2014, George Washington University took a big step forward in its quest to increase its status as a research institution when it opened its 500,000 square-foot Science and Engineering Hall in Foggy Bottom.

Constructing one of the DC region’s largest Academic and Research facilities in the middle of the city required a lot of planning and coordination. Electrical Alliance contractor, Mona Electric Group, Inc., was the perfect electrical contractor to take on the challenge. Mona was responsible for all of the electrical and fire alarm work on the project.