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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. 

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.

When the final camera, intrusion detection, or integrated solution is installed and the security system is commissioned, what comes next? Do you simply collect your final payment and move on to the next project?

Every fall, one my favorite events of the year occurs. Thousands of people associated with electrical construction flock to a major U.S. city to spend three or four days surrounded by their peers, all of them invested in renewing themselves and their businesses. Opportunity abounds.

Courtesy of Advent Systems.  Dealing with the sound reverberations caused by the diagonal lines and peaked center of the ceiling of Prince of Peace Church was one of the challenges faced by Advent Systems.

Churches are designed to be places of worship. Pastors deliver sermons. Congregations pray silently or sing and clap. What can go wrong? Sometimes those in the back can't hear the minister. Or his words are garbled. Or the speakers don’t cover the first few rows.

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Driving Home The Need To Fix The Highway Trust Fund

Washington, D.C., is famous for its traffic circles—and infamous for decision-makers who seem to be stuck in them, going round and round and getting nowhere.

Market Expanding for Advanced Distribution Management Systems

As smart-grid technology ­deployment expands, the technical needs of utilities become more sophisticated. One of the potential beneficiaries of this trend is a platform that allows utilities to unify all of the vast amounts of data that they receive.

Demand Response Enters a New Era in California

California, long considered a pioneer of renewable-energy technologies, has lagged in one area.

National Mobile Tour Provides Safety Training To Electrical Contractors

Power management company 
Eaton is taking a fully interactive, 40-foot trailer on a nationwide tour of major industrial centers to meet the increasing demand for electrical safety training. The 2015 mobile training tour began Feb. 23 in Houston and is moving across the country throughout the year.

Portland Taps Water Pipes for Power

Innovation and entrepreneurialism are driving forces in the age of renewable power and digital technology. When it comes to thinking outside of the box, the city of Portland, Ore., has a well-earned reputation.

Costa Rica Goes 100 Percent Renewable

In the global battle against climate change, renewable targets have been an indispensable weapon. National, state and local governments have set targets for renewable power and continue to raise the bar as those targets are met.

New NIOSH Report Recommends All Workplaces Be Tobacco-Free

The National Institute for ­Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) issued a Current Intelligence Bulletin, “Promoting Health and Preventing Disease and Injury Through Workplace Tobacco Policies,” which recommends all workplaces become tobacco-free and that employers offer programs to help employees