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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. 

Mobile scanner for Dynamic Systems CheckMate Toolroom system

Keeping track of tools—whether just a few or hundreds—is a challenge that computers have made much easier. Software developed specifically for managing tools and equipment has replaced simple lists and spreadsheets.

Bill Gates

As the debate over climate change continues, many figures in the tech industry have been among the most vocal in the fight against it. Now, many of the biggest names in the field are teaming up to form a climate change supergroup.

In November 2015, the Associated General Contractors (AGC) announced a short but comprehensive list of 13 steps to improve workplace safety.

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.

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DOE Invests In Solid-State Lighting Research

Efficiency has emerged as a key element in the transformation of the nation’s energy landscape, and solid-state lighting (SSL) has also taken on an expanded role. Reflecting that emphasis, investment is focusing on innovations in the field.

Narrowing the Gap: CALCTP

With national emphasis on energy reduction in the commercial sector, the use of lighting-control technology represents a key means of enhancing building efficiency. At the same time, the evolving field of lighting controls has become increasingly complicated.

READ MORE Building Indiana Wind Farm To Power Cloud Services is building a 150-megawatt (MW) wind farm in Benton County, Ind., which will supply electricity for its Amazon Web Services (AWS). That amount of energy could power 46,000 households.

Art Shining Brighter in D.C.

Designed in 1858 by James Renwick Jr., who designed the Smithsonian Institution’s Castle and St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the Renwick Gallery in Washington, D.C., was the first purpose-built art museum in the United States and originally housed William Corcoran’s art collection.

‘Groundbreaking’ New Utility Models For New York

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

Origins Of Deception

The first two columns in this series provided an overview of occupational fraud and suggestions for tightening internal controls to protect your electrical contracting business.

USDA Announces Funding For Rural Electric Infrastructure Projects

It can be easy to forget that, in rural areas, the way electricity is transmitted can be more old-fashioned than in urban landscapes. Now, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has made the money available to bring these systems into the 21st century.