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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. 

Election Day is right around the corner. That probably isn’t news to you, but it is essential to be aware of what’s at stake and to consider the issues that are important to you, your business and the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA).


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ETAJ training coordinator Danny VanSickle and instructor Sanders Masters help deliver a trailer full of donated goods to flood victims.

Between Aug. 12–22, an unnamed storm damaged more than 150,000 southern Louisiana homes. Gov. John Bel Edwards said part of the state received more rain in 48 hours than the Mississippi River discharges into the Gulf of Mexico in 18 days.

The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft petition to be used by applicants for up to $1 million in funding for community microgrids in the state.

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Electrical Line Worker Named No. 9 Most Dangerous Job

There are dangerous jobs, and there are extremely dangerous jobs. Electrical line workers are near the top of the list.

Fiber Deployments 
Continue To Grow

The Fiber to the Home (FTTH) Council Americas has released the results of a survey it commissioned to be conducted by RVA LLC, which shows that fiber deployments in the United States grew 13 percent in 2015.

SCOTUS Rules On Power-Generation Incentives

In a unanimous decision, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled 8–0 that a controversial Maryland program designed to incentivize new in-state power generation should be thrown out because it intrudes on federal authorities’ jurisdiction over wholesale energy markets.

Pittsburgh Botanical Garden Boasts One Of World’s Greenest Buildings

It could be said that the green movement has mastered the art of the possible, lauding every technological breakthrough as an innovative way for society to reduce harmful pollutants, harness renewable-energy sources and allow us to live comfortably in a digital age.

Electrical Contractor Uses Fleet Tracking to Draw Superhero Logos in London

Superhero movies are all the rage these days, as comic book companies find new life on TV and in cinema. They have never been so popular (or profitable).

U.S. Energy-Storage Market Broke Records In 2015

The success of one technology often feeds another. For example, renewable power and energy storage have each other to thank, in many respects, for their combined rising popularity. Storage helps meet the needs of renewables, and their growth, in turn, increases the demand for more storage.

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Installing Air Curtains May Protect Against Zika Virus

The current Zika virus outbreak, which originated in Brazil and has spread across South America and into North America, is one of the most pressing health issues in the world today.