Beck Ireland

Staff Writer,
Penton Media
Training & Continuing Education Trends in the Electrical Industry
Despite the slowdown in construction caused by the U.S. economic recession, Jackson, Mich.-based engineering, consulting, and construction management
Understanding How Each State’s Interconnection Standards for Distributed Generation Installations Differ
Until recently, a major barrier to the widespread adoption of grid-connected cogeneration and small power production, otherwise known as distributed generation
The Hidden Costs of CFLs
Mandates in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 call for lamps that use 25% to 30% less energy by 2014 and 70% less energy by 2020 ostensibly
Rock Bottom?
As the housing market goes, so eventually goes non-residential construction, say industry economists. With the value of U.S. construction expected to
The Path of Least Resistance
Conventional motors account for 64% of the nation's energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, D.C. Of that amount, half
To Catch a Thief
For the last five years, Mesa has been battling an escalating copper theft epidemic.
On Wireless
Feb. 17, 2009, may mark the beginning of a radical change to the wireless data systems industry. Under the Digital Television Transition and Public Safety
Solar for Rent
As part of its plan to produce 29 million kilowatt-hours per year of sustainable energy, the University of California, San Diego (UC San Diego), will
The Future Is Now 
Despite a collapsed housing market and sluggish general economy, 2007 offered ample opportunity for sales and growth through projects in the non-residential sector
Diagnostic Trends
For the last 20 years, Randy Barnett, director of curriculum development, American Trainco, Englewood, Colo., has been keeping his clients up-to-date on innovations in plant maintenance.
Credit Crunch
Cash flow — managing the collection of contract revenues and payments of the costs of contracted work — is a leading indicator of bankruptcy for construction contractors.
Disaster Planning
On Aug. 30, 2005, Jimmy Haynes, owner of JH Haynes Electric, Gulfport, Miss., returned to his shop after weathering Hurricane Katrina
The Soft Sell
Early in his career, Jamie Wilkie, owner of Mister Sparky of Greenville, S.C., learned a valuable lesson. Eight years ago, Wilkie already a licensed master
NFPA 70E: Revising the Standard 1
With 568 proposals and 817 comments, the latest revision cycle for the NFPA 70E, Standard for Electrical Safety in the Workplace, published by Quincy,
Beyond Web Sites
For more than four years, Phoenix-based Watt Masters, formerly Buehler Brothers Electric, a third-generation, family-owned electrical service business
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