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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. 

Once a crumbling urban area devoid of the manufacturing that had kept it alive for decades, Buffalo, N.Y., has staged a remarkable comeback over the last 10 years.

What do you get when you put a general contractor, a half-dozen subcontractors and an owner on a construction site without anyone talking to each other? Delays and preventable expenses. We’re not laughing either, because it isn’t a joke.

Renewable power still requires government support to challenge fossil fuels. Policies can help lower prices, increase supply and generate more demand.

According to an employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 4, the construction industry added 6,000 new positions (seasonally adjusted) in July.

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BTM Energy Storage Ready To Grow


As the need for energy storage expands, consumers are getting in on the action. According to the market research firm GTM Research, the market for behind-the-meter (BTM) storage is prepared to capitalize on this trend.


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Registration Announced for Second Annual Ideal National Championship

According to a press release from Ideal Industries Inc., registration was announced on March 24 for the second annual Ideal National Championship.


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Findings From ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR's Subscriber Research Panel

In the past year, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR expanded its already-robust market research efforts to include a new endeavor.


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OTTO's self-driving semi-truck on U.S. 33. Photo courtesy of the ODOT. (http://www.dot.state.oh.us/pages/home.aspx)
Work Begins in May on Ohio Smart Road

In December 2016, Ohio Gov. John Kasich announced that the state would invest $15 million to install high-capacity fiber optic cable and embedded, wireless sensors along a 35-mile stretch of U.S.


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A Little Light Reading: Laboring Over Change Orders, Part 2


Last month, I wrote about basic considerations for processing change orders. Now, it’s time to dig into the details. Let’s start from the beginning.
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Staying In The Spotlight: Rooftop Solar Looks to Remain on Track


While President Trump campaigned on a promise to boost opportunities for fossil fuels and revitalize the coal industry, market forces might already have limited his opportunities for fulfilling that pledge.


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Surviving Chaos

In the original “Jurassic Park” movie, mathematician Ian Malcolm warns the creator of the park that control is an illusion. Regardless of how many electric fences, backup systems and contingency plans are in place, there is ultimately no guarantee of safety in the park.


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