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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. 

Though PDE Total Energy Solutions isn’t currently in the financing business, CEO Shelley Keltner suspects the nearly 25-year-old, Sante Fe Springs, Calif.-based contractor may be soon. 


In July, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) for the electrical industry announced a name change to the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA).

“Today we are building better houses than we ever built before, and part of that component is that we air-seal the houses. It’s the best thing you can do for an occupant, energy-wise, because the cost of heating is reduced considerably, and a house is easier to cool.

Cooperation, coordination and conversation can pay off. That’s what the team behind the energy upgrade of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City discovered when the hotel underwent a $7 million energy-saving retrofit, the biggest property-assessed clean energy (PACE) commercial project in the nation.

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