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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. 

The debut of New York State’s ambitious regulatory initiative, Reforming the Energy Vision (REV), has generated quite a bit of interest.

Playing with the big boys

My first exposure to material pricing was in the mid-1970s when I was promoted to pricing clerk/assistant-purchasing agent at a wholesale house. My new desk was dominated by a 4-foot wide, metal-framed collection of pages called the Biddle Book, which was furnished by Trade Service Publications.

The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) works daily to ensure electrical contractors (ECs) have every opportunity to stay on top of the issues that affect their businesses and to be directly in touch with their senators and representatives in Congress.

Choosing a trustworthy financial adviser can be confusing and stressful. In last month’s column, we learned that researchers have not been able to find a link between financial literacy education and improved consumer decision-making.

More on Your Business

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Cool Tools: Electric Motor Testers

Electric motor failure can cause numerous problems, ranging from inefficient power use, equipment damage and costly downtime. In the worst-case scenario, it can result in a catastrophic fire.
 Amprobe Business Unit Manager Jarek Bras said excessive heating is a common cause of motor failure.

Historic Renovation Not Without Its Challenges

since the Venetian Gothic-
style 11-story Chicago Athletic Club building was completed in time for the World’s Columbian Exposition in 1893, it has been considered an architectural icon.

Ready for Renewal

Though the Blizzard of 2016 might suggest otherwise, spring is closer than you think. You know the cliche about spring: it’s a time of renewal, and with that comes opportunity.

Street Management Getting Wiser

The beauty of technology lies in its ability to make something magnificent out of the mundane. Take, for example, the transformation of the telephone into a mini, portable computer. A similar transformation is just around the corner, so to speak, for something equally familiar: the city street.

Ideas That Work: Jigsaw Protection, Wire Looping and Coupling Rescue

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

Retrofitting A Senior Living Facility To Be Greener

Green Generation Solutions (GreenGen), Bethesda, Md., retrofitted assisted-living facilities over several years to be greener and more energy-efficient, according to a December article in Facility Executive.

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The Need for Resiliency in 21st Century Power and Network Infrastructures, Part 2

If the cost of five minutes of downtime is $450,000,000,000, then spending another $4,000,000,000 to decrease it to an average of two minutes a year is a bargain. The cost/benefit analysis is clear. (Editor's Note: For part 1 in this series, click here.)