6 ELECTRICALCONTRACTOR | OCT. 14 | WWW.ECMAG.COM
PUBLISHER John W. Maisel
EDI TOR Andrea E. Klee
SENIOR EDI TOR Julie H. Mazur
SENIOR ASSOCIATE EDI TOR Timothy E. Johnson
EDI TORIAL/MULTIMEDIA ASSIS TAN T Matt Kraus
CIRCULATION MANAGER Astra J. Hudson
BUSINESS/PRODUC TION MANAGER Dominique M. Minor
ART DIREC TION: Paul Philpott/Bono Tom Studio, Inc.
ALTERNATIVE ENERGY & U TILI T Y BUSINESS Chuck Ross
ARC FLASH SAFE T Y Jim Phillips
CODE Jim Dollard
CODE Michael Johnston
CODE Charles R. Miller
CODE Mark C. Ode
ESTIMATING Stephen Carr
ENERGY MANAGEMEN T & SECURIT Y Darlene Bremer
FIBER OPTICS Jim Hayes
FINANCIAL Denise R. Norberg-Johnson
FIRE/LIFE SAFE T Y S YS TEMS Wayne D. Moore
LEGAL Gerard W. Ittig
LIGHTING Craig DiLouie
POWER QUALIT Y Richard P. Bingham
RESIDENTIAL David E. Shapiro
SAFETY Joe O’Connor
SAFETY Tom O’Connor
SERVICE/MAINTENANCE Andrew McCoy & Fred Sargent
TOOLS Jeff Griffin
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EDITOR’S EYE BY ANDREA E. KLEE
There’s something exciting about the rate of change in technology, and it
extends to the electrical construction industry. It wasn’t too long ago when the
success and failure of the solar and wind industries depended purely on the
rebates offered by utilities and governments. It’s changing because of advancements in energy storage, which makes alternative-energy outputs less variable
and more predictable. Can’t use all of that solar power during the day? Store it
up, and use it at night.
So, we’re covering such emerging markets in this issue, starting with Chuck
Ross’s examination of utility-scale renewables on page 28. As Chuck writes in
his introduction, “Developers are looking beyond just adding more rows of
panels or bigger turbines to their plans. They are looking to new technologies
that consider solar and wind opportunities in new ways and add performance-
stretching intelligence to existing installations. In the process, they are bringing
these admittedly intermittent resources closer to performing like base-load
Technology has also enabled renovated spaces to become energy-efficient,
a topic that John Paul Quinn addresses in “Paint It Green” on page 36. We are
at a point where many tasks can be automated and planned out so that updates
can be done to maximize energy usage.
Jeff Gavin looks at some developments in energy storage, particularly how it
relates to solar, in his feature, “Power Couple,” on page 76. Jeff also writes about
an interesting approach to trying out new technologies in his other focus article,
“Trial Before Error,” on page 48. He checks out Lawrence Berkeley National
Laboratory’s FLEXLAB, a prototyping and design studio. There, designers, contractors and manufacturers can test out plans to see if they’re actually going to
work. It’s a novel approach to construction.
Craig DiLouie’s “Lighting for Tomorrow” showcases some of the possibilities in the near and long-term future of illumination. There’s much to marvel
at in the article on page 68.
The advancements with fast-charging electric vehicles also may be spurring on the industry, as Chuck Ross writes in his Alternative Energy column
on page 46.
Finally, many of the approaches addressed in the INTEGRATED SYSTEMS
CONTRACTOR special section would not be possible if it weren’t for growth of
technology. See what I mean in the supplement that begins on page 89.
If you need me, I’ll be standing in line for an Apple Watch, just like other
iConsumers; it will certainly top my wish list going into 2015. You can also
expect to see an article about wearable technology sometime next year. This
market will affect your businesses in some way going forward, so we’ll certainly
need to arm you (yep, pun intended) with details.
I HATE TO ADMIT THIS, but I’ve fallen for the Apple Watch hook, line and
sinker. I feel like a sucker, but I was sold while viewing the online launch of
this shiny new wearable technology. The first gadget I early adopted—the TiVo
DVR—changed my TV-viewing life, and, ever since, I’ve loved the convenience
and flashiness that these technological toys provide. It’s complete silliness.