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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. 

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.


There have been survivability requirements in NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm and Signaling Code, since the 1999 edition. The primary purpose is to enable certain circuits to maintain their ability to operate for an extended time during a fire emergency.

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Storage Is The Key To California’s Renewable-Energy Future

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As the role of renewable energy in California continues to grow, the need to store that power also expands. Renewables take on a higher profile as the state takes steps to fight climate change, but the intermittent nature of that power makes storage essential to its success.


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From The Earth To The Home
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the North American geothermal market is expected to reach $147.6 million in revenue by 2017. Opportunities abound for electrical contractors to bring cost-effective heating and cooling options to their residential customers, according to market research firm Frost & Sullivan.


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Utility Battery-Based Storage Projects Launched In Washington State

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More residential, commercial, industrial and even governmental utility customers are becoming involved in self-generation projects (solar, wind, storage batteries, fuel cells, multisource microgrids, etc.) to reduce the costs associated with electric grid-generated power, as well as to ensure contin

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Keeping Time: Time-of-use pricing and 
the challenges of implementation
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One of the many advantages 
smart meters were intended to bring to electric utilities and their residential customers was the ability to implement time-of-use (TOU) rates to help reduce peak-time electricity demand.

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Working Capital Management
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Electrical contractors generally use net profit levels as the primary measurement of their success, but cash is the lifeblood of daily operations. Even profitable companies can fail without a healthy cash flow.

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Hot Markets: Government And Municipal
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According to “The Federal Commitment to Green Building: Experiences and Expectations” report from the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, the U.S.

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Cool Tools: Cable Reels And Handling Equipment
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For years, wire supplies have been rolled around in drums for storage, shipping and transporting to job sites. The traditional spool material is solid wood, but, today, cable reels also are made of plywood, steel and plastic, offering improved durability or lighter weight.


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