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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. 

In the pursuit of energy efficiency, buildings are a major target. Commercial buildings in particular represent some of the biggest energy users. A new survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that energy use in this sector is declining.

On July 26, 2016, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (Neo) Network, an online networking tool designed to help companies find the best renewable energy solutions for their business.    According to a video released by Schneider, NeoNetwork has three main functions.

Government plays a leading role in the growth of smart technologies. Columbus, Ohio, recently showed off some of its smarts by winning a national competition of cities that focused on the use of smart technology in the transportation sector.

The future role of coal has always been a central question in the larger discussion about climate change and renewable power. Some envision a future without coal entirely, but that scenario has not always seemed practical.

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Washington, D.C., Generates Electricity From Sewage Sludge

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U.S. Tops World in Wind Energy Production

According to the American Wind Energy Association, the U.S. led the world in wind energy production in 2015. The U.S. produced 190 million megawatt-hours (MWh) from wind energy. That’s enough to power about 17.5 million typical U.S. homes.

California Sticks With Net Metering

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HVDC, Solar and Wind Could Spell a Clean-Energy Future

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