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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. 

Nothing is infallible. Even the growing deployment of smart-grid technology can’t eliminate power outages. According to a recent report, power outages continue to be a problem for businesses and residential customers.

Superhero movies are all the rage these days, as comic book companies find new life on TV and in cinema. They have never been so popular (or profitable).

On March 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will serve 10 million customers.

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The current Zika virus outbreak, which originated in Brazil and has spread across South America and into North America, is one of the most pressing health issues in the world today.

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Electroindustry Business Conditions Index Makes Dramatic Jump

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) Electroindustry Business Conditions Index (EBCI) took a massive step forward in March, signifying improving industry conditions almost across the board.

Mid-Atlantic Region Leads the Way in LEED Certification

Illinois, Maryland and Massachusetts led the U.S. Green Building Council’s (USGBC) 2015 top 10 states for LEED certification list. This includes states that exceed in sustainable building construction, design and transformation.

Frontier Communications and Verizon Complete $10.54 billion Acquisition Deal

As of today, Apr. 1, 2016, Frontier Communications, a Connecticut-based telecom, will take over Verizon's FiOS and landline users in Florida, Texas and California in exchange for $10.54 billion. These networks previously called FiOS by Verizon will now be called FiOS by Frontier.

A Productive Year and A Promising Future

Last year proved to be busy in Washington, D.C. Our country witnessed one of the most productive legislative years on record. Let me put this in perspective—more laws were enacted in 2015 than in the first year of any two-year congressional term since 2009.

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Cool Tools: Electric Motor Testers

Electric motor failure can cause numerous problems, ranging from inefficient power use, equipment damage and costly downtime. In the worst-case scenario, it can result in a catastrophic fire.
 Amprobe Business Unit Manager Jarek Bras said excessive heating is a common cause of motor failure.

Historic Renovation Not Without Its Challenges

since the Venetian Gothic-
style 11-story Chicago Athletic Club building was completed in time for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, it has been considered an architectural icon.

Ready for Renewal

Though the Blizzard of 2016 might suggest otherwise, spring is closer than you think. You know the cliche about spring: it’s a time of renewal, and with that comes opportunity.