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May 8, 2020
Virginia Warms Up to Solar

Virginia Warms Up to Solar
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Fri, 05/08/2020 - 11:43 Apr 2020 Virginia Warms Up to Solar Renewables are gaining ground in places where fossil fuels have been the backbone of the economy. Now, even in Virginia, coal is not the only game in town. Last month, Salt Lake City-based sPower, a renewable energy Independent Power Producer, announced that it closed on a multi-million tax equity commitment for a major photovoltaic development project in Spotsylvania County, Va. The company describes it as “the largest solar project east of the Rockies.” The Spotsylvania Solar Energy Center is a 620-megawatt...

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May 6, 2020
Executive Order Has Major Ramifications for Utilities

Executive Order Has Major Ramifications for Utilities
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Wed, 05/06/2020 - 15:08 Apr 2020 Executive Order Has Major Ramifications for Utilities An executive order signed by President Donald Trump on May 1 has sweeping implications for electric utilities across the nation. Namely placing restrictions on the foreign-supplied components installed on the nation’s electric grid in the name of national security. The report states, “The bulk power system is a target of those seeking to commit malicious acts against the United States and its people, including malicious cyber activities, because a successful attack on our bulk power system would...

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May 4, 2020
Paycheck Protection Program Helping Contractors

Paycheck Protection Program Helping Contractors
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Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:47 Apr 2020 Paycheck Protection Program Helping Contractors According to a new report from the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), the federal government’s Paycheck Protection Program is allowing construction firms to add and retain employees, despite declining demand for work. “A large share of construction firms promptly received loans funds under the Paycheck Protection Program, enabling many of them to hire or retain employees despite a surge in project cancellations,” according to the report. AGC noted that the job-saving measure appeared to be working, but it cautioned that...

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May 4, 2020
Is a Fire Alarm System Too Loud?

Is a Fire Alarm System Too Loud?
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Mon, 05/04/2020 - 12:29 Apr 2020 Is a Fire Alarm System Too Loud? Is the fire alarm too loud? If you’ve ever been asked this question, you may have wondered whether the questioner had a point or not. First I reviewed the Underwriters Laboratories (UL) listed horn available on the market today. Currently, the standard commercial horn sounds at a measured decibel output (by UL) in the ranges of 87 dBA to 95 dBA measured at 10 feet from the sound source in the UL anechoic chamber (no reverberation). All...

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March 21, 2020
Save Power With A Whole House Fan

Main differences Concerning Whole House Fans and Attic Fans There is a huge difference amongst Gable Attic Fan and a Whole House Fan. A gable attic fan is mounted to 1 of the gable sides of your attic. The fan is used to remove heat from the attic area to be able to limit heat […]

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February 10, 2020
New droplet-based electricity generator

New droplet-based electricity generator: A drop of water generates 140V power, lighting up 100 LED bulbs Generating electricity from raindrops efficiently has gone one step further. A research team led by scientists from the City University of Hong Kong (CityU) has recently developed a droplet-based electricity generator (DEG), featured with a field-effect transistor (FET)-like structure [...]

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February 10, 2020
New Lighting Standard Offers Performance Specifications for LED Lamps

ROSSLYN, VA —The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) published ANSI C78.53-2019 American National Standard for Electric Lamps— Performance Specifications for Direct Replacement LED (Light Emitting Diode) Lamps. This new Standard describes the electrical, mechanical, and photometric characteristics of LED lamps that are direct replacements for existing ANSI standardized non-LED lamps. “This important new Standard identifies [...]

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