Here are some recent electrical and construction industry news articles that relate to COVID-19, as of April 30th, 2020.
The new normal: 8 ways the coronavirus crisis is changing construction
As contractors prepare to return to work on sites that have been shut down by shelter-in-place initiatives, they will face an industry that has been drastically changed by the both public health and economic effects of the pandemic.
Get Ready for a Surge in HVAC Replacements
The CEO of Service Nation has provided a very positive analysis of the heating, ventilation and air conditioning replacement market, and he predicts 2020 will be a tremendous year for HVAC service and replacement contractors.
Electricity consumption up for pizza and liquor stores, down for dry cleaning and religion
Electrical demand across most, but not all, industries is down due to the pandemic. Yet, while hospitals and pizza shops drive demand, it remains to be seen how much of this new load will be met with renewable energy.
Last Few Hold Out States are Starting to Allow Construction Activity to Resume
Thanks to efforts by NAHB and state home builder associations, the few remaining states that have halted residential construction activity due the COVID-19 pandemic — Michigan, New York, Pennsylvania, Washington and Vermont — are taking steps to allow home building to resume production.
IEC Provides Operational Policy Templates
IEC National and the IEC Safety Committee have developed operational policy templates to address COVID-19. Thank you to Harvey Hammock for his work on these policies.