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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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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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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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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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 this Monday, August 13...
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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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Late last month, President Trump signed into law legislation reauthorizing the Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act...
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In a follow up to the Task Force on Apprenticeship Expansion, the Department of Labor issued a Training and Employment Notice that provides initial guidance to those looking to participate in Industry Recognized Apprenticeship Programs...
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On August 1, 2018 the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) issued a notice and invitation to file briefs on whether it “should adhere to, modify, or overrule Purple Communications...”
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