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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. 

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.

“Space matters” is the new mantra as the office concept undergoes some radical rethinking. Today, square-footage is often decreasing as occupancy increases. Open landscapes rule as corner offices disappear. Cubicles are giving way to collaborative worktables. Work from home? No problem.

The effects of the Great Recession have been far-reaching, and it left many construction companies scrambling to pick up the pieces. Now, after years of turmoil, a new report from FMI, a management consulting firm, suggests that construction is back on the right foot.


Emily Martin took us by surprise. From the very beginning of our interview with her, she didn’t hesitate to divulge things that most other electrical contractors (ECs) would be reluctant to share.

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Scientists at the University of Southern California (USC) have developed an organic, rechargeable battery that could be scaled up for use in power plants, making the energy grid more resilient and efficient by creating large-scale capacity to store energy for use as needed.


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