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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. 

The success of one technology often feeds another. For example, renewable power and energy storage have each other to thank, in many respects, for their combined rising popularity. Storage helps meet the needs of renewables, and their growth, in turn, increases the demand for more storage.

Little Giant SafeFrame ladder

Ladders have been in use for thousands of years. A quick Google search of “first ladder” returns information about a Mesolithic rock painting at least 10,000 years old, the first historic evidence of a ladder. The image depicts two people using a ladder to reach a wild honeybee nest.

I’ve been in the electrical trade for over 17 years. I’ve worked as a helper, a journeyman, a service manager and a marketing director.

In February, the New York Power Authority (NYPA), the nation’s largest state public power organization, with 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit miles of transmission lines, received two Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) Technology Transfer Awards for research that sheds ligh

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The interior of the White House in Barrington, Ill.
This Old Building: Pepper Construction Group, McWilliams Electric Co. 
and Kelso-Burnett renovate two Chicago landmarks

Of the millions of buildings 
in the United States, less than 3 percent—an estimated 90,000 to 100,000—are on the National Register of Historic Places.

Help! I Need Somebody!

When I decided to write an article about the difficulties contractors are having hiring good people, I had no idea what I was getting into. Once again, I had picked a subject with passionate people on both sides of the table.

Negative Effects: Unhealthy attitudes about money

This is the Chinese Year of the Monkey, which represents playfulness, creativity, honor, luck, God and riches.

Changing The Power Paradigm: Fuel Cells

At Morgan Stanley’s Purchase, N.Y., facility, a 250-kilowatt (kW) fuel cell will regularly supplement existing grid power and provide backup power if grid power is lost.

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Game Plan: Pueblo Electrics installs scoreboard and 
LED lighting at Dutch Clark Stadium

Sometimes you just have to think big. When Pueblo, Colo.’s Dutch Clark Stadium needed a new scoreboard and lighting, Pueblo City Schools (PCS) considered modest options to keep the cost down.

The Thing About The Internet Of Things

In 1999, Kevin Ashton, a British entrepreneur making a presentation about radio frequency identification (RFID) to a major U.S.-based consumer products manufacturer titled his slide “Internet of Things.” That expression, often abbreviated “IoT,” is now a permanent part of business vocabulary and den

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Black + Decker's first drill, 1916
100 Years of Innovation: History of the Electric Drill

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the portable electric drill’s invention. A century ago, the Black + Decker Manufacturing Co. (now Stanley Black + Decker) developed and filed a patent application for a ½-inch portable drill that one person could operate.