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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. 

Happy New Year from your new ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR editors! Surprised? You have that look on your face. It’s OK. We were, too.

Economists coined the term “half-fast” to describe the financial recovery. It’s an economy in flight, but it isn’t quite soaring. Dodge Analytics calls it “a mixture of headwinds and tailwinds.” For example, 2015 construction starts were forecast for 9 percent growth. They landed at 13—a tailwind.

Welcome to the initial column of Intelligent Infrastructure Insights. We are going through a huge paradigm shift in real estate today.

Solar-power technology is growing wide and deep through installations and planned projects. New York Gov.

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Expect the Unexpected: McWilliams Electric Co.

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Community-Shared Solar On The Rise


It is no coincidence that renewable industries have evolved in tandem with the digital economy. They share many qualities that have helped define their success, including an innovative and socially conscious form of inclusiveness that empowers even the most marginalized among us.



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Rise Of The Machines?

Domino’s and Amazon.com might be hogging the headlines about the commercial viability of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/unmanned aircraft systems (UASs), or, simply, “drones,” but electric utility and transmission companies are equally enthusiastic about the technology’s potential to boost their sy


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Advances In Energy Efficiency Paying Off


While energy efficiency continues to play a prominent and growing role in the larger movement to transform the way society generates and consumes power, debate continues over the question of whether it really works. A recent study should help put that debate to rest.



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Cool Tools: Portable Power

Sometimes, electricians and electrical contractors must work in areas where no electrical service is available. In those circumstances, portable power is the answer.



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Opportunity Awaits At NECA 2015 San Francisco

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.



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Texas Hold ’em On Solar


Austin, Texas, has an aggressive plan for alternative energy. The “Austin Energy Resource, Generation and Climate Protection Plan to 2025” sets the city’s goal of sourcing 55 percent of its energy from renewables by the end of the plan’s term.


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