ARLINGTON, VA.–June 10, 2014 – North American Technician Excellence (NATE) released the latest issue of its quarterly NATE Magazine, promoting the connection between NATE and utility energy efficiency.
The issue, available for free download at www.natex.org/391, profiles seven utility programs that recommend or require the employment of NATE-certified technicians for the contractors that install and service equipment for their customers. In return, those contractors employing NATE-certified technicians receive new business leads while their customers benefit from quality equipment installation and special financial incentives. The programs profiled are:
- Xcel Energy
- Black Hills Energy
- Nebraska Public Power
- Tennessee Valley Authority
- Southern California Edison
- Connecticut Light and Power and Yankee Gas
- Portland General Electric
The issue also features contractors Front Range Mechanical Services of Denver, Co; Columbia NW Heating of Scappoose, OR; and Able Heating and Cooling of Tigard, OR discussing how their work with the utility companies provides training and business lead opportunities for their businesses. Training and testing partners such as HVACR distributors O’Connor Company of Omaha, Nebraska and Comfort Air Distributing of Denver, CO and trainers HVACREdu.NET, Conservation Services Group, and Real World HVAC are also featured.
Some utilities, such as Xcel Energy and the Nebraska Public Power District also offer NATE-recognized training, testing and reimbursement to assist technicians in earning and maintaining the NATE certification required of their programs. Some utilities even offer financial incentives to the contractor in addition to the homeowner for the quality HVACR equipment installation.
NATE is the nation’s largest industry-endorsed, non-profit certification organization for heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration technicians. For more information about NATE, visit www.natex.org.