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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. 

As with many long-term investments, the upfront cost of implementation is one of solar power’s biggest challenges. Many companies offer assistance to energy consumers, but the latest is a joint effort to get photovoltaics (PVs) 
on homes.


Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed an organic, rechargeable battery that could be scaled up for use in power plants, making the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating large-scale capacity to store energy for use as needed.


It’s been said before that all politics are local. Recently, local leaders took that adage and applied it to the pursuit for a new energy society.


The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) established the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training­ Committee (NJATC) in 1941. Dedicated to creating the best electrical workers in the world, it succeeded remarkably.

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Despite growing popularity, renewables still face challenges. The list includes such hurdles as high installation costs and intermittency. Taxes will make the costs even higher.


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Electrical power is essential for the operation of any building, and more owners and managers want their buildings to be “smart.” What does that even mean?

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Report Shows Increased Investment In Electric Transmission

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A new report by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) shows that investor-owned electric utilities continue to make significant investments to build needed and beneficial transmission infrastructure. The report finds that EEI members’ total transmission investment in 2012 reached $14.8 billion.

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Pepco Purchase Makes Exelon A Regional Distribution Powerhouse

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As in any industry, the landscape of utilities is always changing. Part of this dynamic is fueled by the need for big companies to strengthen their positions and maximize profits. Those same motives fueled a recent acquisition that produced a new giant among the nation’s electric utilities.


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Employee Fatigue Can Cost Millions
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A survey commissioned by workforce management solutions provider Kronos Inc. reveals that employee fatigue causes energy organizations to lose $87,000–$2.4 million per year on average, depending on company size.

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MIT’s Liquid-Metal Energy-Storage Technology Could Boost Solar

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A group of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) say liquid metals could provide the solution to the solar energy-storage problem, ensuring that the power is available at all times and not just when the sun is shining. 


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Renewables Get A New Ally In Trains

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While the intermittent nature of wind and solar has long been the bane of renewables, it has been the potential boon of many fledgling storage technologies.

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