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Monthly Archives: September 2013

A Closer Look at Batteries

Energy storage systems, in the form of batteries, when included in a photovoltaic power system are a critical and important item that needs close...

Standards — How important are they?

It seems that every time we turn the television on or check our mobile device we hear about a disaster: floods, tornadoes, wild fires...

Retirement, Succession Plans: “Must Haves” for Business Owners

If you own a business, you may well follow a "do it now” philosophy; which is, of course, necessary to keep things running smoothly....

Grouping of Motors on a Single Branch Circuit

What are the criteria for connecting more than one motor on a single branch circuit overcurrent device? To start to answer this question we need...

Fountains and Reflection Pools

Fountains and reflection pools have been around for generations and make powerful statements and reminders of events that occurred at these locations. Beautifully built...

The Canadian Electrical Code and Other Requirements

The Canadian Electrical Code Part I is a voluntary standard for adoption and enforcement by Canada’s provinces and territories, with provincial and territorial amendments....

PV Load-Side Feeder Taps – Compliant or Not?

Most residential electrical services are not designed to accept two sources of power, but they are often utilized for the purpose of connecting PV systems in...

Protection of Electrical Conductors Against Exposure to Fire: What, Why and How

The subject of fire protection of electrical conductors appears to create some confusion in the industry, and this article attempts to clarify provisions of...

The Missing Link to Excellent Service

Over the last few weeks I have been on the receiving end of unprecedented levels of customer service — at both extremes of the...

Gloves, Arc Flash, and the New ASTM Test Method

The 90-year-old technology of using rubber gloves for shock and leather gloves for protection of the rubber soon could be turned on its head by innovation. For...
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