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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. 

On Jan. 12, 2015, passengers on a Washington Metropolitan Transit Authority (WMATA) Metrorail train were trapped for some 40 minutes in the tunnels between two downtown D.C. stations, while smoke filled the air, according to the Washington Post.

The Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is not typically an event that draws electrical contractor interest, but this year’s show raised some eyebrows in the low-voltage market. An influx of products demonstrated that ECs could be pulled further into the high-end consumer market.


While preparing estimates, the methods and rules that estimators follow depend on several factors, including training, experience, the type of project and company culture. In some instances, estimating practices may not mesh well with project management requirements.

I’ve only been NECA’s president since Jan. 1, and I’m already up to my neck in my new role as the association’s chief elected officer.

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LEED Enters A New Era Of Cooperation With Chemical Industry

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Falling somewhat outside ofthe scope of the electrical industry, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design [LEED] green building standard has been embroiled in a long-running controversy with the nation’s chemical manufacturers.

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Architects Commit To Carbon-Neutral Buildings

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The fight against greenhouse gases takes commitments from all industries, if for no other reason than their emissions can be traced to so many different sources.


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Americans Willing To Pay More For Grid Upgrades

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We live in an era when electrical power is mostly indispensable. Electricity touches almost every aspect of our daily lives and drives even mundane tasks.


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The Balancing Act
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We had to buy a new car recently. My wife’s car was 16 years old, and keeping it running was costing us almost as much as an entire car payment. It was definitely time to say goodbye, which created another problem—shopping for a new car. 


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Utilities Saving Energy By 
Changing Behavior In Minnesota

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Almost everyone agrees that saving energy is the right thing to do. Talking about it is one thing, but actually doing it is completely different.


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Cashing In: Financing
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Though PDE Total Energy Solutions isn’t currently in the financing business, CEO Shelley Keltner suspects the nearly 25-year-old, Sante Fe Springs, Calif.-based contractor may be soon. 


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Arizona Utility Reverses Its Solar Opinions

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Less than one year after raising the ire of solar-power advocates by imposing feed-in tariffs on homeowners with rooftop installations, the Arizona Public Service Co. has come up with a completely different proposal that is likely to generate just as much opposition.


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