NFPA Publishes the 2020 National Electrical Code

The 2020 NEC development cycle has come to a close with issuance by the NFPA Standards Council. There are many changes related to new technologies and industry trends in this edition. Click here to read about some of the key revisions that directly benefit safety in the electrical industry.

Want to learn about the upcoming changes? Join NECA for a webinar on Tuesday, October 15th at 10:30 AM EST for a review of the most significant changes in the 2020 NEC from those that know it best. Learn about new articles and revisions to existing requirements that have an impact on your daily business.

Golf Proceeds Distributed to Charities

Over the past few weeks, the Northern California Chapter, NECA has distributed proceeds from our annual NorCal NECA Golf Classic to charities in each of our Chapter’s jurisdictions.  This year, the following charities were chosen:

  • Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Foundation – $10,000
  • Aldea Children and Family Services – $9,000
  • Modesto Gospel Mission – $9,000
  • Attitudinal Healing Connection – $9,000
  • Hospice of San Joaquin – $9,000

It is heart-warming to know that each of these very deserving charities will benefit greatly from the donations. The Chapter wishes to express a very special thank you to all of our generous golf tournament participants.

Fall General Membership Meeting and Awards Presentation

The Chapter held its annual Fall General Membership Meeting and Awards dinner last week at the Palm Event Center in Pleasanton. Over 120 attended the event, networking with peers and making new acquaintances. The evening began with a welcome from Executive Director Greg Armstrong and Chapter President Greg Long.

After dinner, the Chapter presented the annual Project Excellence Awards. To keep the awards selection process fair to all of our members, projects are judged by industry professionals based on criteria including originality, aesthetics, workmanship and difficulty of installation.

We are excited to announce that seventeen projects were selected to receive Project Excellence Awards this year. Congratulations to the following recipients:

  • Collins Electrical Company, Inc. – Mountain House High School Phase IV
  • Columbia Electric, Inc.– Dougherty Road Improvements
  • Del Monte Electric Company, Inc.– Yerba Buena High School New Student Union and Quad Modernization
  • Del Monte Electric Company, Inc.– Kaiser Permanente San Leandro Solar
  • Lloyd F. McKinney Associates, Inc.– The Flats
  • Long Electric Company –Stone Brewing Napa
  • McGrath Electric, Inc.– Center Street Parking Garage
  • McGrath Electric, Inc.– Lynbrook High School Field House
  • Morrow-Meadows Corporation– Boehringer Ingelheim – Fox/LTF
  • PDE Total Energy Solutions – Las Positas College Microgrid
  • Prime Electric, Inc. – Confidential Gaming Company
  • Ray’s Electric – Solar Street Lights and Luminaires Installation
  • SilMan Industries – Brooklyn Basin – CityLift Parking Electrical Installation (Ph 1, 2 & 3)
  • SilMan Industries – Port of Oakland, Term. #1 Electric Ground Service Equipment Charging Stations
  • Smith & Sons Electric, Inc. – West Valley College School of Professional Studies
  • St.Francis Electric– TraPac Terminal Redevelopment – Berths 25-26
  • Wilhite Electric, Inc. – The Chemical Synthesis Pilot Plant at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory

Jennifer Fothergill Joins the NorCal NECA Staff

On September 9th, Jennifer Fothergill joined the Northern California Chapter, NECA staff and will be working closely with the Alameda Division members, as well as doing the Business Development/Government Relations for Alameda County. Jenny has spent the past four years as Director of Operations at Pain Medicine Consultants. Prior to being Director of Operations, Jenny worked at the Law Office of Michael Later as the Legal/Administrative Assistant and Office Manager.

Join us in welcoming Jenny to the Chapter and please feel free to contact her at

Farewell to Julie Russell

This week, we are saying good-bye to Julie Russell. Julie joined the Chapter in 2011, and after eight years of dedicated service, she has decided to retire! Julie has worked tirelessly to assist our members and has helped plan countless trips to the NECA Convention and other meetings. We are all sorry to see her go, but extend our best wishes to her as she embarks on this new chapter in her life!

Annual A’s vs. Giants Member Event Held

We had a great time on Saturday, August 24, 2019, at our annual Bay Bridge Ballgame between the Oakland Athletics and San Francisco Giants. A combination of 200 NECA members, their employees and families gathered to cheer on their favorite team! Fans witnessed an exciting game this year, with the Giants winning 10 – 5. Thank you to all who joined us and we look forward to seeing more of you as we continue our annual tradition in 2020.

ELECTRI International Releases New Study

Digital Technologies represent a powerful construction industry opportunity for process and performance improvements. However, successful selection and deployment of software depends upon several key factors, some of which may not be immediately obvious to practitioners of construction management. For example, timekeeping is a common area of construction workflow automation. In many cases, it is still managed using paper timecards. Timekeeping has been shown to deliver significant value and efficiency gains to organizations that adopt a digital solution.

The challenges of digitizing timekeeping should not be underestimated. Successful implementation requires significant organizational commitment. This study includes outcomes from a contractor who successfully deployed a digital timekeeping solution and achieved significant process improvements and time savings. To get a copy of this study, please click here.

NECA Releases New Jobsite Poster

NECA has created “Don’t Take Unnecessary Risks,” the first in a series of job site safety posters for NECA member contractors to print and utilize in their offices and on the job. These posters are being developed in an effort to remind members and their staff to stay safe in the workplace by not taking unnecessary risks. Never work on energized circuits, conductors or equipment and always follow NFPA 70E and OSHA regulations. Understand the risks and stay safe! Click here to download the poster.

NorCal NECA’s Fall General Membership Meeting

It’s that time again! The Northern California Chapter, NECA’s Fall General Membership meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 10, 2019. The evening’s reception beings at 6:00 PM with hosted hors d’oeuvres, beverages and later a delicious dinner. The Chapter will present the 2019 Project Excellence Awards recognizing projects submitted by our members. Unite with us as we celebrate excellence in the electrical industry.

This is always a great event and the perfect time to welcome our Chapter’s newest members and renew old acquaintances. You won’t want to miss it! Please click here to register your attendance by August 30, 2019. We look forward to seeing all of you there!

OSHA Safe + Sound Week

OSHA’s Safe + Sound Week is a nationwide event that recognizes the successes of workplace safety and health programs and offers information and ideas on how to keep America’s workers safe. Take time to recognize your company’s successes and efforts to be safe and sound at work during this week. Sign-up for the Safe + Sound listserv to receive information on registration and additional resources. All organizations looking for an opportunity to recognize their commitment to safety to workers, customers, the public or supply chain partners are encouraged to participate.