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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. 

Displays of the new LEDs on San Francisco City Hall

On Apr. 18, 1906, an 8.3 earthquake shook San Francisco, caused fires and destroyed much of the city. All that remained of San Francisco City Hall was the dome. Instead of rebuilding the structure, the city’s Board of Supervisors voted to fabricate a new building.

Cupertino Electric Foremen Bryan Garcia and Kevin Zumwalt repair the lighting fixture as San Jose PAL representatives Saul Duran and Juan Reyes look on.

In May 2015, thieves stole copper wire from a light pole at the Police Activities League (PAL) Stadium in San Jose, Calif.

As more distributed energy technologies have been created in recent years, opportunities for electrical contractors to install and maintain the equipment have grown. However, while the trend is seen as positive for the customers and contractors, utilities are losing sales of their power.

San Francisco Airport’s new air traffic control tower (ATCT) is not only a functional facility, but it’s also a 221-foot-tall work of art and a new landmark for the Bay Area. 

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Be Yourself

Whether they know it or not, most estimators are in the marketing business. Every time they speak to someone, they influence that person’s feelings about them and the company they work for. If estimators are rude to vendors, they may not get the best pricing.

Don't Toss Us Away

The basic idea behind the law of contract damages is to give the nonbreaching party the money to get the performance it paid for.

Surviving The Utility Apocalypse

The electric utility industry was once so stable that its stocks were called “widow and orphan” investments, certain to maintain value and return high dividends even during downturns.

Make Safety A Standard Practice All Year Long

NECA was familiar with the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) way back when it was the National Electrical Safety Foundation.

Power From the Heavens: Eland Electric Corp.

Green Bay-based electrical contractor Eland Electric Corp. designed and installed the solar-powered system.

Public Response To Nuclear Power Is Glowing

When it comes to public opinion, nuclear power has run the gamut from a promising new source of plentiful electricity to a nightmarish, sci-fi-like technology that should be shunned, lest the entire planet suffer a meltdown.

Due Diligence, Due Reward

‘‘Give me the money you have in the stock market, and I’ll make sure you have a stream of income for the rest of your life.” If somebody offered that deal to you, would you take it? You might be skeptical, but it could be worth a second look.