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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. 

Four out of five clean-energy workers in New York state focus on energy efficiency, according to a new report published by Environmental Entrepreneurs (a national nonpartisan business group), the Alliance for Clean Energy New York, the New York State Sustainable Business Council and New Yorkers for

Ideal insulated tools in pouch

Safety practices dictate that power lines and equipment must be de-energized before electricians can work on them. Only qualified people are permitted to work on live circuits under special circumstances, and they must use proper safety protection and equipment, which includes insulated tools.

Technology is all about opportunity and innovation convergence. In a poor, rural, Southern California school district, officials saw an opportunity to meet a critical need for internet access and came up with an innovative solution, using one of its most plentiful resources.


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Tesla Motors Inc. has delivered on a promise that company co-founder and CEO Elon Musk made almost a decade ago.

Oregon Utilities, Environmentalists Agree on Energy Plan

In the ongoing struggle for a clean-energy future, environmentalists and power providers are often at odds. Recent developments in Oregon demonstrate that they can work toward a common goal.

Increase in Metering Rates Drives Solar Companies out of Nevada

Nevada’s Public Utility Commission has made it increasingly difficult for the state’s solar-power market, pushing out at least three solar companies. In January, the commission voted unanimously against requests to delay the implementation of controversial changes to metering rates.