Electrical Connection IBEW/NECA in the News

NECA contractor Guarantee Electrical received honors in this year’s prestigious Associated General Contractors (AGC) of Missouri Construction Keystone Awards.  The firm earned a Specialty Contractor of the Year (SCOTY) Award for electrical contractors. According to the AGC, “The specialty contractors were voted ‘First Place’ in their discipline by the general contractor members of AGCMO.  The general contractor members were asked to consider a specialty contractor’s timeliness in regard to completion of project(s), ability to stay within budget and their overall experience with the specialty contractor.” Meanwhile, the team of TD4, LLC/Guarantee Electrical Co. earned finalist honors for “Project of the Year” for their work on the Missouri Botanical Garden.  Learn more.


Guarantee Electrical team accepts its AGC SCOTY Award.  Left to right, Mike Hoefler, vice president systems; Dave Gralike, president; Rob Truebe, project manager; Nick Arb, vice president market strategy; and Andrew Drummond, project manager.

 After the Covid 19 pandemic crippled much of the supply chain, generators for homes are making a comeback. According to Allied Market Research, the global market for residential generators will grow 60% by 2030. Driving demand are disruptions in the power grid and climate change, bringing more intense and frequent extreme weather that cause mass power outages. NECA contractor Summit Electric is helping meet demand as a Cummins dealer for standby generators.  The firm provides consultation with homeowners to find the right generator, installation and facilitates maintenance to meet their temporary power needs. The home generators Summit has installed range in size from 17 kilowatt to 40 kilowatt. It also installs generators for businesses and civic entities, including a 150-kilowatt generator that now provides backup power for the Valley Park Fire Engine House No. 2 Learn more at www.summitelectricstl.com.


30-KW Residential Generator                                150-KW Generator at the Valley Park Fire House

According to Facilities.net, building electrification will gain momentum in the next few decades and our IBEW/NECA partners are readying the workforce of the future to meet the demand.  Facilities.net targets building owners and facility managers with two national publications -- Building Operating Management and Facility Maintenance Decisions. It notes “The end game is to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions by replacing greenhouse gas emissions produced from natural gas with clean, renewably produced electricity from solar, wind and other alternative sources. As the grid increasingly transitions to an ever-higher percentage of renewable energy, that’s exactly what’ll happen. For this reason, building electrification is also known as building decarbonization. 

But it won’t happen overnight. According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration, the grid will decrease 26 percent in carbon intensity between 2020 and 2050. That means now’s the time to prepare your buildings for clean, carbon-free electricity.” Learn more.