Tom Zind

Freelance Writer

Zind is a freelance writer based in Lee’s Summit, Mo. He can be reached at

Submetering Trends in Commercial Buildings
Submetering initiatives advance as buildings draw increased scrutiny over energy usage and efficiency
Hurricane Sandy: A Turning Point for Emergency Power? 2
Hurricane Sandy and its aftermath raise questions about the sufficiency of flooding protections for back-up power systems
Mobile Apps for Electrical Professionals
How electrical contractors, engineers and plant facility personnel are using mobile apps on the job and in the field
Financing Trends in the Solar Sector

For an energy source that’s so consistent and measured in its 93-million-mile trek to Earth’s atmosphere, solar power rides a roller coaster of heady promise and stark reality as it’s factored into the market for electrical energy.

2012 Revisions to NFPA 70E
Injuries to workers exposed to high voltage and related electrical hazards may never be totally eliminated, but it won’t be for any lack of trying to bolster the NFPA 70E workplace electrical safety standard.
A Debate in the Deep End
Industry experts weigh the wire mesh grid vs. single-wire approach to suppressing stray voltage around pools
The New Era of Electric Motor Requirements 1
Conforming to tougher federal efficiency standards
A Killer in the Ranks
Of more than 4,000 U.S. military deaths recorded in Iraq since the 2003 invasion, two, in particular, have haunted the halls of Congress, corridors of
Battling the Big Apple and Winning
New York, New York. I want to wake up in a city that never sleeps, to find I'm A-number-one, top of the listIf I can make it there, I'll make it anywhere
AC-DC Data Center Debate Heats Up
The candidates exude power, supporters are campaigning hard, the issues are framed as vital, and the outcome is ultimately uncertain. That's the 2008
AGC Contracts are Reborn
It might not be a Kumbaya, all-join-hands moment, but a construction contract signing session in your future could send everyone away from the table effusing
Contractors Cast Wider Net for Estimating Help
In the construction world of logistics nightmares, impossible deadlines, and complex projects, the word has a benign ring to it. But as every good electrical
The Changing Face of CPM
The advent of ever-more powerful software has relieved contractors of tedious work ranging from bookkeeping to taxes to estimating. Time that used to
Putting the Web to Work
With a half-century under its belt, Malko Electric Co., Morton Grove, Ill., takes rightful pride in its long list of accomplishments. But it's not just
Plugging In
While they toil making electrical connections work for customers and clients, a growing number of electrical industry professionals are making connections
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