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Contents News and opinion


6 NEWS


News from the industry, including a call to government on apprenticeships, the launch of BEAMA’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Project, a bright future for the renewables sector, plus opportunities for Olympic gold


11 ECA NEWS


Notes, information and updates, including ECA initiatives and the latest on parliamentary lobbying


13 PRESIDENTIAL VIEW


SIGNING OFF After a ground-breaking – and hectic – year in office, ECA president Diane Johnson reflects on progress and further challenges


15 EXECUTIVE OPINION


THE ONLY CERTAINTY IS CHANGE ECA group chief executive officer Steve Bratt looks back at the extraordinary events of the past 12 months and their impact on the industry


17 INDUSTRY OPINION BALANCING ACT


David Smith, chief executive of Energy Networks Association, calls for an affordable vision for our energy future to go with carbon reduction targets


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Regulars 44 REGIONAL VIEW


News from the ECA regions, focusing on the South East and South Wales – plus ECA regional contacts


54 Q&As Problems with contracts, issues with clients or other legal questions you want answered? Our legal questions and answers section can sort it out


60 SHOCKING WORK When installations go wrong, property and lives can be in danger. ELECSA inspectors recount recent examples of poor practice and shoddy workmanship


69 CLASSIFIED DIRECTORY Latest products and services


70 COMPETITION Win a fantastic 32” HD ready digital LED TV, worth £500, courtesy of Philips Lighting!


22 4 ECA Today May 2011


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