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At Dominion Electric, we stay on top of the newest industry trends and developments. Below you will find information on a host of topics pertaining to electrical supplies, electric heating, lighting and datacommunications. Have a question that’s not answered here? Feel free to share it with us.

In the News

(WASHINGTON, DC) — Mayor Vincent C. Gray announced that the District of Columbia would adopt the 2013 DC Construction Codes Friday, March 28, 2014. The new codes reflect some of the most modern, sustainable, and energy- and water-efficient building practices, and will replace the District’s 2008 Construction Codes.

Lighting and Energy Management

DCSEU Program ***new***
The District of Columbia Sustainable Energy Utility (DC SEU) is designed to help District households, businesses, and institutions save energy and money through energy efficiency and renewable energy programs. Led by the Sustainable Energy Partnership, the DC SEU is committed to community engagement, economic development, job creation, and environmental preservation.
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BGE Smart Energy Savers Program
There's never been a better time to be energy-smart! BGE offers a host of empowering choices to help you conserve energy, save money and protect the environment. Take advantage of the variety of great programs, services and incentives today.(read more)

PEPCO C&I Energy Savings Program
Pepco has developed a program designed to promote and encourage energy efficiency projects large and small. From changing out light fixtures to replacing major mechanical equipment, the program provides cash incentives to reduce qualified project costs. Each of the incentive plans that compose this incentive program are designed to support the purchase and installation of specific energy efficiency upgrades that play a vital role in making your building more efficient and reducing your electric bill. (read more)

Changing the world starts with simple actions, like changing a light. When you replace a light in your home with one that has earned the ENERGY STAR, you contribute to a cleaner environment while saving yourself energy, money, and time buying and changing lights in your home. (read more)

EPAct 2005 and the Commercial Building Tax Deduction
The “Commercial Building Tax Deduction” establishes a tax deduction for expenses incurred for energy efficient building expenditures made by a building owner. The deduction is limited to $1.80 per square foot of the property, with allowances for partial deductions for improvements in interior lighting, HVAC and hot water systems, and building envelope systems. The Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008 (HR-1424), approved and signed on October 3, 2008, extends the benefits of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 through December 31, 2013. (read more)

LEED: Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
The LEED Green Building Rating System™ is a voluntary, consensus-based national standard for developing high-performance, sustainable buildings. LEED was developed by members of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), a coalition of more than 2,000 owners, developers, designers, contractors, product manufacturers and other interested entities. (read more)

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Industry Information

International Dark-Sky Association
Light pollution is growing at the rate of 4%- far faster than the population. As developing countries embrace the use of electric light, light pollution promises to get even worse. There is a solution! Quality lighting benefits the entire community and erases effects of light pollution. Learn more about the Association and their Solutions by visiting their website.

NAED's Technology Informer site is dedicated to covering technology for the electrical community, visit: www.naedtechnologyinformer.com

Spot Opportunities Blog
a blog for energy saving products, tips and opportunities


Tips for the Home and the Workplace (PDF/176KB)
The key element to electrical safety is awareness.  The Electrical Safety Foundation International (formerly the National Electrical Safety Foundation) is educating the public about the importance of respecting electricity and using electrical products safely around the home, school and workplace.
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NEMA Offers
Guidelines For Handling Water-Damaged
Electrical Equipment.

Do You Replace, Repair
or Leave in Place?

Recent hurricanes have disrupted lives and caused extensive damage to homes, businesses and government structures. Now people are anxious to repair the damage and get on with their livesElectrical professionals need to know how to address and repair water damaged equipment.

NEMA (National Electrical Manufacturers Association) has developed a comprehensive report that details how to address water damaged equipment and make repairs. As a courtesy we have provided the NEMA report here.


Safe CFL Disposal (PDF/149.45KB) from ENERGYstar.gov

Premium Bulb Eater (PDF/1463KB) the safe, efficient way to recycle fluorescent lamps. For a demonstration contact Barbara Waterman.

Sylvania has developed a business association with VEOLIA, to create a safe, convenient and cost-effective program for you to recycle lamps and ballasts. Now you can order your RECYCLEPAK recycling kits online at www.sylvania.com/recycle

Federal Legislation
on Light Bulbs

New U.S. Energy Efficiency Requirements

Beginning Jan. 1, 2011, in California and Jan. 1, 2012, throughout the U.S., incandescent light bulbs must meet more stringent lumens/watt requirements.  In other words, the bulbs must produce the same amount of lumens (light output) for less wattage (energy). Here are some resources explaining the changes, replacement options and decorative possibilities:

Sylvania CONS-LEGIS-2010
(PDF source Sylvania)
Beginning January 2012, EISA legislation will phase out inefficient incandescent light bulbs resulting in significant national energy savings and a much reduced carbon footprint. This includes medium screw base general service and decorative bulbs. In addition, some reflector lamps will be phased out in July 2012. OSRAM SYLVANIA is helping to make this transition an easy one by offering you a variety of bulbs to choose from. The linked chart shows what bulbs you need to replace and when, as well as the many replacement options that are available to you today.

Philips P-5835-C UpgradeBroFINAL (PDF Source Philips)
Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 Incandescent Reflectors Energy Efficiency Legislation.  Highlights the benefits of upgrading to a more energy efficient reflector lamp and charts replacements.

New Energy Efficiency Requirements for Light Bulbs (source: ALA)

A Residential Lumen Lighting Makeover
Our own Linda Morley provided the lighting design for a special Lighting Makeover hosted by the American Lighting Association, the Alliance to Save Energy, and the National Electrical Manufacturers Association. The Makeover showcased the many energy-efficient lighting options available to consumers.  Learn more here: Lumen-Lighting-Makeover