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Articles in this section are intended to help electrical contractors grow and improve their businesses, from financial and legal advice to creating a service and maintenance department. You’ll find articles on estimating projects and more below. 

It is a well-established trend that demand for electricity continues to increase as consumers fall in love with their digital devices. Now, that dynamic is about to reverse.


I have always been interested in labor-saving gadgets and how they affect an estimate. For the purpose of this article, I define a gadget as a material or tool meant to perform a task better and more quickly than the previously used material. 


Principle Power, a Seattle company, has been given the go-ahead by state and federal officials to develop plans to build the West Coast’s first offshore, floating wind-energy farm.


Ever surfed 20-foot waves? Or gone skydiving in formation with hundreds of friends? Or skied off a mountain? No matter.

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Shedd, Most-Visited U.S. Aquarium, Dives Into Solar

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J Ranck Electric Incorporated, an electrical contractor based in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, recently completed a project that installed a 913-solar-panel power system at Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium, the most-attended aquarium in the country.

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Better Building Challenge Extends To Multifamily Sector

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In the new world order of 
energy, change is one of the guiding principles. Change can be hard, but when it comes to achieving greater building efficiency, the federal government has accepted the challenge.


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Survey Reveals Common FieldService Operation Challenges

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FieldAware, a field service software company, conducted a survey of more than 200 field service companies to gain insight into the operational challenges those service companies face and their key areas of focus for improving business processes.


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The User Interface
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The next function of electrical estimating software (after the database, which I covered last month), is having a way for you to enter your takeoff into the estimating system. How do we get items out of the database and into the estimate? That is the job of the user interface.


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Editors' Pick
2014 Construction Outlook: A year for perseverance and growth
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If the 2013 economy were a horse race, it often trotted more than galloped.

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Today's Growth Market
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Energy services is a growth market for electrical contractors that builds on their service contracting, design/build and project management capabilities.

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Showstoppers 2013
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Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., r­epresent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a sophisticated mobile solar lighting system and magnetic cable ties to a 3-D laser scanning system that captures as-built docume

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