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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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Increase in Metering Rates Drives Solar Companies out of Nevada

Nevada’s Public Utility Commission has made it increasingly difficult for the state’s solar-power market, pushing out at least three solar companies. In January, the commission voted unanimously against requests to delay the implementation of controversial changes to metering rates.

Nevada Regulators Show Little Love for Energy Efficiency

Innovative programs in the energy sector need all the help they can get. Vested interests, such as utilities and power providers, have a profit motive for maintaining the status quo. Sometimes, government is the only hope. Other times, it stands in the way.

California Sticks With Net Metering

As controversies continue over the growth of residential solar-power installations and the various policies that support them, one state is standing by its program. In doing so, it has set an example for how to strike a balance between the needs of customers and utilities.

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

In the fight against climate change, wind and solar power have always held the greatest promise. Despite their ability to offer clean and plentiful electricity, the high cost of installation and the variable nature of their generation have always been a challenge.

Growth Anticipated in Home EV Charging Infrastructure

As More people purchased early automobiles, demand for gasoline stations grew in tandem. These days, as sales of electric vehicles (EVs) trend upward, demand for home-charging stations is increasing, as well.

A Whole New World

Business development is a hot topic these days. Many electrical contractors often think about how it can improve their bottom line. For those who don’t, now is the time to start.

Ideas That Work: Grinding and Drilling Solutions

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