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Newsroom & Insights: July 2014

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IEC Welcomes Fringe Benefit Group as a Silver Partner

The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) is pleased to announce that Fringe Benefit Group has joined IEC’s community of industry partners as a Silver Partner. Fringe Benefit Group, an industry leader in the design, implementation, and administration of health and retirement plans for government contractors, has more than 30 years of experience analyzing government contractors’ needs then creating and implementing the right retirement and health plans.

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Mid-South IEC Listed as a Program That’s “Working” on WhiteHouse.gov

The Mid‐South IEC chapter of the Independent Electrical Contractors, specifically their Four-Year Electrical Apprenticeship Program, has been recognized by the White House as a training program matching workers with the skills they need for the jobs of today.

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Key Changes in the 2014 NEC Code

Every three years the National Electrical Code® is revised and new standards are published. Suggestions for these changes come primarily from professional electrical contractors like you and reflect the changing way we use electricity, new products, and emerging technologies.

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Safety in Marinas

Yet another swimming season has begun, the prime time to talk about marina safety. Whether you are an electrical inspector, installer, manufacturer, or other, we can make marinas a safe place to work and play. Marinas can be quite a dangerous place when it comes to electrical hazards. Let’s break the ice with some thought stimulating information that you can build on during your next marina project.

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Solid State Lighting: The Past, Present and Future of LED Technology

LED, or solid state lighting, technology is not really new. In fact, it has been around for over 100 years. Electroluminescence, the phenomenon that results in light from an LED, was first observed in 1907. Initially, this discovery made little impact outside of the scientific world. It would be another 55 years before LEDs made it into commercial applications. In 1962, the first commercial LEDs were sold to IBM. They replaced tungsten bulbs in punch card readers, and cost about $130 each.

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Rapid Shutdown of Photovoltaic Systems

This was a concept that caused a lot of anguish and pain throughout the PV industry. Many comments and proposals regarding this topic were presented to Code Making Panel 4 regarding this issue. Questions arose such as: What does it do? How will we implement this? Is it technically possible? All needed to be addressed by the panel.

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The Mainstreaming of Home Automation

It’s no surprise that the U.S. home automation market has been growing steadily in the past five years, from $3.2 billion in 2010 to a projected $5.5 billion in 2016, according to BBC Research. In 2010, most of that market (58 percent) was made up of components electrical contractors install regularly, such as lighting, home entertainment, and security systems. That makes it a promising niche for contractors eager for new revenue streams.

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Servicing Solar Electric Power Systems: Opportunities and Caveats

Operation and maintenance (O&M) of photovoltaic (PV) power systems is definitely electrician’s work. This is good for electrical contractors because it creates opportunities for new and interesting ways to expand service offerings and increase revenue. However, there are a few caveats to be aware of if you are considering getting into the PV O&M business. This article will provide you with a quick overview to help make informed decisions.

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Transformer Upgrades Are Good Business

“Turn off the lights.” “Shut the refrigerator.”

If you have kids, you’ve probably asked them to save energy more than once over the past week. As energy costs rise, we take measures to eliminate waste in our homes. Be more efficient using energy and you save.

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Intelligent Lighting Control is Eco Savvy

Lighting has a critical function. It allows people to do their jobs well and accomplish the operations of the business at hand. The United States Department of Energy studied various commercial buildings and their energy consumption and reported that lighting is one of the three biggest expenses by as much as 33 percent. Installing an intelligent lighting control system is a simple solution to reduce greenhouse gases, keep employees safe, and continue to be fiscally responsible.

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