Renewable energy is derived from natural processes such as solar, wind, ocean, hydropower, biomass, geothermal resources, and bio-fuels and hydrogen derived from renewable resources. The I.B.E.W. is aggressively pursuing the emerging renewable energy markets, and we have the resources required to build and maintain these new technologies. Since its founding in the early 1900s, I.B.E.W. has led the nation through the revolution of electrical power and will continue to lead the way as we pursue additional alternative and renewable power sources.
IBEW 716 and many of our member contractors are leading the way in photovoltaic (solar energy) systems and wind energy installations. I.B.E.W. electricians are comprehensively trained both through the JATC electrical training program and continuing education programs. From project planning through installation and connection to the power grid, our member contractors and electricians are adept in all aspects of renewable energy projects.
Texas leads the nation in natural gas production, holding around 23 percent of the nation’s natural gas reserves. Natural gas is primarily methane (CH4) and is considered to be a more environmentally friendly fuel than oil. Methane is a nonreactive hydrocarbon, which means its emissions do not react with sunlight to create smog.
The EIA found that between 2004 and 2009 the number of natural gas production plants in Texas decreased (contrary to the national increase) while the average capacity per plant increased. Texas has a total of 163 natural gas production plants with an average of 19.7 billion cubic feet of natural gas produced per day, making it the state with the largest processing capacity in the nation.
We believe Natural Gas provides great paying jobs for our members and we encourage the expansion of this resource’s development . Our members also do support the belief we all have a responsibility to make sure Natural Gas is captured, delivered and used safely. The environment is dependent upon all our community efforts to understand its benefits and drawbacks. It is an exceptional long-term resource.
The International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers understand innovation and pioneering advancements in energy technology are crucial to pursue. We also understand our customers and partners maintain a belief in the qualities and core principles that are based on; integrity, selflessness, value creation and social responsibility.
The IBEW sets itself apart by combining cutting edge innovation, expertise and technology with the highest standards of service, genuine care and respect for our customers while promoting business practices respecting the environment. By doing so, we not only benefit our partners, customers and clients but ultimately the entire planet.
LED lighting is some of the most energy efficient advanced lighting technology available. With multiple product lines available we will have the perfect replacement for energy guzzling incandescent, halogen and fluorescent lightbulbs currently found in the office, warehouse, plant, parking lot, showroom, retail mall or municipal application.
LEDs lights, fixtures and accessories use significantly less energy to create more available light; thereby providing customers with more light for less of their energy dollar. We think that is pretty “Advanced”.
Allow the IBEW to show you how to bring your building into the 21st century by provide energy efficient LED lighting. Not only do we have the highest quality electricians, we also understand the latest technology on how to install and repair your LED lighting needs.
In the IBEW, we don’t just talk green. Thousands of our members are already hard at work in the green economy. For nearly a decade, the National Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee has incorporated renewable energy into the curriculum at our Houston training center.
Today, we are keeping in sync with technological advances in wind, solar, nuclear and other developing sectors and providing new training modules. Some 15,000 IBEW members are employed in the operation and maintenance of nuclear generating plants in the United States. The IBEW represents workers at 66% of all U.S. nuclear power stations.
The IBEW supports a policy of fuel diversity in the electric utility industry and promotes public policies to ensure a reliable, safe and low-cost supply of electricity for North America. The IBEW has a long record of consistent support for the development of safe nuclear power and clean coal technologies, said International President Edwin D Hill in evaluating the Bush administration energy plan. We believe that more electrical generating and transmission capacity are absolutely necessary in a nation increasingly dependent on electrical technology. Members of the IBEW are in the forefront of developing technologies in renewable energy sources like wind, solar and biomass, which have viable potential to relieve our dependence on other forms of generation. We have long advocated initiatives encouraging the sound development of energy production balanced with appropriate environmental measures.
Jim Springfield, International Representative for the Tenth District says, “I know of no other profession that requires the type of continuous training and dedication. Often workers do not get enough time at work to be fully ‘test’ ready and have to balance personal time to remain qualified. IBEW members must complete several years of training in a joint IBEW-TVA program before their assignment to work that includes the clearing of all electrical and mechanical equipment for safe maintenance and operation.
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