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    Spring 2013

Electrical Grid and Meters ... Getting Smarter Every Day

by Stephen Helzner, Electrical Engineer


Ready or not the Smart Grid is here.  In all probability, by now most people have heard or seen the term Smart Grid on the news or in print.  What is the Smart Grid?


In a nut shell, the Smart Grid is a general term that covers the next generation of measurement and control of the electricity grid.  Think about this ... Approximately 130 years ago, both the telephone industry and electric power industry in this country were born.  If you look at the "Smart Phone" on your belt or in your pocket, you can see the tremendous advances that were made in the communication industry from the early telephone in the wooden box with a crank on the side to the modern Smart Phone/hand held computer.


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Jim Miraglia Retires

Jim Miraglia recently announced his retirement as of May 2013 from the City of Philadelphia's Department of Licenses and Inspections (L&I).

As countless electricians over those many years can attest, Jim exemplified the term "dedicated public servant." He listened carefully to the questions and concerns our industry constantly laid on his doorstep about electrical codes and safety. And then, like a good baseball umpire, he called the "balls and strikes."

We will miss Jim as he leaves L&I, and thank him for his exceptional service. And we wish him all of the best in his future endeavors. Congratulations, Jim!

Mark Your Calendar
Luck of the Draw....
electric expo 2013 header's coming, the Electric Expo 2013 exposition. What's New?

The Casino, exciting products, opportunities to earn CEUs and chances to win prizes.


If you wish to exhibit, log onto: Electric Expo 2013

Welcome New Members 


The Electrical Association of Philadelphia welcomes 20 new members to its ranks... 


Apple Comfort's One Hour Heating and A/C

Catholic Philopatrian Literary Institute

DiBiase Heating and Cooling Company

Eley Electrical Contractors, LLC

Energy Express, LLC

eSite Systems, LLC

Esposto Electric Company

Charles B. Gans Plumbing, Heating, Cooling, Inc.

Guerrera & Sons Electric, Inc.

Harmony Heating, LLC

Impriano Electric

Lighting Solutions, Inc.

Penn-Delco School District

OBO Betterman of North America, Inc.

RS Reinford Mechanical LLC

Riggs Distler & Co., Inc.

Sprecher Electric

S.T. Electric, Inc.

Switchgear Solutions, Ltd.

True Power Electric, LLC

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2013 Spring Rebate  Heating & Air Conditioning ProgramDollar
The Spring Heating and Air Conditioning Program is winding down.  Over 600 units were sold by 94 participating heating and air conditioning contractors (See list of participating contractors) and 14 manufacturers/distributors participants. (See list of manufacturers/distributors participants).  We would like to thank all of the participants in the Program, see you in the Fall.


Michal Hofkin for EA Extra


Volume 13, Number 45


Michal Hofkin

Senior Electrical Inspector,

Middle Department Inspection Agency, Inc.  



                             Understanding the IBT


The 2008 National Electrical Code, in Section 250.94, requires the installation of an Intersystem Bonding Termination "external to enclosures at the service equipment and at the disconnecting means for any additional buildings or structures." At the time of a service installation, you must provide the IBT. Additionally, if you feed another structure at the same property, that structure must also have the IBT installed.

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New Member Benefit 

ZipBridge - Conference Calls that Call You!

ZipBridge is an outbound conference calling service that calls out to the participants - no PIN's.

Leaders can launch a call when ready and not at a specific start time.


Participants don't need to remember to call in - just answer the phone when the call is launched.


No sitting on hold waiting for the Leader to join the call.


No swerving down the highway trying to dial-in and enter a PIN.


Participants receive a text/email if they miss the call and can call back in.


Traditional inbound calling included.


Perfect for regularly scheduled calls and impromptu or urgent discussions.


Educational Foundation of The Electrical Association of Philadelphia Awards Scholarships
Jack Beiter

Jack Beiter, President

Educational Foundation


 The Educational Foundation of The Electrical Association of Philadelphia is pleased to anounce its scholarship winners  Each student received a $3,000 scholarship.    A total of 53 applications were submitted.  



The Electrical Association of Philadelphia would like to thank all of the contributors who make these scholarships possible.  (see list of contributors)


Jack Beiter, President of the Educational Foundation wrote individual letters to each student. See below one of the responses.


We wish all of the students who applied continued success!


The 2013 winners are:



Zachary Boulden

Son of Tim Boulden

Boulden's One Hour Heating and Air Conditioning

Institution Name: Vanderbilt University



Shaun Henry

Son of James Henry

Carr & Duff, Inc.

Institution Name: Rochester Institute of Technology



John Schneider

Son of Fred Schneider

Diversified Lighting Associates

Institution Name: Rowan University



Ashley Walter

Daughter of Jim Walter

Clear Channel Outdoor

Institution Name: Arcadia University


[Please read a thank you letter from one of the students.]


Dear Jack Beiter,


I was informed through my parents that I have been awarded this year's EAP Scholarship. I wanted to thank you and those involved with the selection committee in choosing me. Additionally, I wanted to inform you of my progress here at Rochester Institute of Technology. 

Tomorrow, I will have finished my last final and second year in the Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology program. I have been enjoying it thoroughly so far and am looking forward to my remaining years here. I have been contemplating switching to the BS/MS accelerated program which includes Manufacturing and Systems Integration and will make my decision in the Fall. Lastly, I should begin my first co-op next January and will begin my search for employment opportunities over the next few months.


With regards, 


Shaun Henry

Electrical/Mechanical Engineering Technology

Rochester Institute of Technology 


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In This Issue
Jim Miraglia Retires
Electric Expo 2013
New Members
Rebate Program
Code Corner with Michal
New Member Benefit
Scholarships Awarded
EAP Links
Joe Henry
Cusick Electrical Sales

Vice President
Kim Schneider
Kim Schneider Electrical

Ken Hull

Brigid Falasca
Eaton Corporation

Executive Director
Dwight Price

Deputy Executive Director
Mair Malfara

Administrative Assistant
Lisa Cacia


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