Always Remember: Your Work Is Essential

Eric Beckman, National Field Services, NETA PresidentColumns, Fall 2021 Columns, President's Desk

I want to start by thanking all NETA members and Board members for their support and trust to help lead the organization as I step into my term as President. It truly is an honor to be part of such a first-class organization that’s so well-respected all across the world and to be able to represent and lead it is even more important.

In this NETA World, we take a renewable energy tack and look into the hazards and regulations associated with this type of power generation from construction to maintenance.  We also take a look at the importance of effective grounding in the protection of wind turbines.  You’ll certainly want to read the cover story, “Onsite PD Testing of Cast-Resin Transformers in Wind Farms.”

As the world begins to open, I want to take a moment to recognize electrical workers and their families across the world. As we all have learned, the electrical infrastructure is quite possibly the most essential part of our life these days. We tend to forget that we can’t accomplish many of the things we’ve become accustomed to doing without it.

Although very fortunate to have the opportunity to continue to work and provide for their families, these technicians, electricians, and engineers put themselves in potential harm’s way. Adhering to various state, agency, and government regulations while maintaining safe work practices has and continues to be a huge challenge for everyone.
I want to commend the perseverance and dedication to all of those involved. It is truly a testament to how hard-working the people in this critical industry really are.

Remember to mark your calendar for February 28–March 4 for PowerTest 2022 at the Hyatt Regency in Denver, Colorado. This will be our first in-person event — but with a virtual element.

Plan ahead and always put safety first!






Eric Beckman, PE, President
International Electrical Testing Association