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ELECTRI Council Kicks-Off 2015 Research Agenda in San Diego
As of June 18, 2018

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January 30, 2015

The ELECTRI International Council met in San Diego, California, January 21-23 to kick-off ELECTRI's research agenda for the 2015.

IGreg Long, ELECTRI Council Chair 2015-2016ncoming Council Chair Greg Long thanked outgoing Chair Dan Divane and then welcomed new Council members 3M, Encore Wire, and his own firm, Long Electric. He acknowledged members who have recently upgraded their commitment to ELECTRI: Greater Cleveland Chapter, Greenlee, Illinois Chapter, Penn-Del-Jersey Chapter, Washington DC Chapter, Zenith Systems and the Electrical Contractors Trust of Solano and Napa Counties.

In his opening remarks, Chairman Long pointed out two initiatives on which he would like the Foundation to focus over the next several years: Change order reform and prompt payment. He explained his perspective that ELECTRI needs to take on the job of finding ways to address these tough topics and getting the GCs, architects, and engineers to understand what ECs go through on every project.

The Council received a financial update on the ELECTRI International’s investment portfolio for the 4th quarter of 2014 and the year’s overall performance. ELECTRI Board of Trustee Chair and NECA President, David A. Hardt, acknowledged past Board Chair Dennis Quebe for his leadership during the past three years, and noted that he looks forward to working with the Board of Trustees and the ELECTRI Council.

During the two-day meeting, eight selected researchers presented their proposals to the ELECTRI Council. ELECTRI thanks the Program Review Committee and its past chair, Greg Long, for their time and effort in evaluating 83 research proposals and short-listing eight projects for the Council’s final review and vote. The Council voted to select two projects that will receive funding in 2015:

  • How Integrated Project Deliver Impacts Specialty Contractors - the Benefits, Risks, and Opportunities, Ted Garrison, New Construction Strategies
  • Electrical Distribution and Construction - Developing an Agile Supply Chain Partnership, Lonny Simonian, Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo

The Council also received several reports on completed ELECTRI studies, including three from ELECTRI’s Early Career Award Program, as well as two informational presentations about smart hats for construction and state-of-the-art energy storage.

All presentations are available for download on ELECTRI's website at:

For more information about the ELECTRI Council and its annual meetings, please contact Russ Alessi, President, at or 301-215-4518.