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Newsroom & Insights: August 2018

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Technologies Advancing Incident Energy Reduction

It is important for us to be aware of technological advancements to ensure the solutions employed on projects are the latest available for the safety of electrical workers and the reliability of the electrical distirbution system. These technologies can not only save lives but also a lot of money for owners.

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Hawkins Electric Service Poised for Second Century in Business

Hawkins Electric Service, Inc., the award-winning, family-owned regional electrical contracting firm that helped pioneer the introduction of electrical service in the Washington, D.C. area, is celebrating its 100th year in business in 2018.

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The Energy Revolution: New Technology for a New World

Our world is rapidly changing. Deployment of more renewable energy across the globe is reinventing the way we produce and transmit power and, as a result, making our cities smarter. The incredible proliferation of information technology is permeating all types of equipment and applications. The confluence of these megatrends is creating the new energy Internet around us.

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Protecting Capital Assets in the Electrification Era

The new era of electrification is introducing an entire suite of electronic products, sensors, and connected devices that are susceptible to damage from electrical surges, also called transients: electric vehicles are replacing internal combustion engines; space and water heating in buildings can be converted to heat pumps or electric resistance heating; indoor agriculture may boost demand for lighting and HVAC equipment, which may necessitate grid upgrades; and industrial heating and automation can both increase electricity demand.

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Upgrading Safety Through Technology

With new advancements in technology happening every single day, our lives are being shaped by new apps and devices that we never knew we needed until we used them once and asked, “How on earth did I live without this?” Technology and culture is evolving so fast that it has become difficult to try and wrap our heads around the speed of change that we are experiencing every day.

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Another perspective on the "Winds of Change": Automation of Conduit Bending

There is an evolutionary cycle of innovation and disruption: technology advances, innovation occurs, processes adapt, and perceptions shift. Innovation is not limited; it is truly boundless. A new tool or material can only improve the outcome or system performance to the extent that the system allows. Innovation creates a new path, leads to new processes, and ultimately drives the Winds of Change (NRC, 2009, Page 20).

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A Model Is Worth a Million Words

As contractors know, the job clock is always ticking. Driving jobsite efficiency and productivity gains is essential to profitability and competitiveness.

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Safe + Sound Week Begins Monday

Safe + Sound Week begins this Monday, August 13...

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Digitalization and the Future of EV Adoption

The technology for electric vehicles (EV) is continuing to improve with numerous cars that can now travel over 200 miles per charge and a dizzying array of over 50 new models hitting the market in the next year. The electric car has arrived. But the industry still faces a challenge – how to build the electrical infrastructure to make fueling EVs convenient and cost-effective.

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What Perkins Reauthorization Means for Employers

Late last month, President Trump signed into law legislation reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act...

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