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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. 

When it comes to transformative change in society, government is often the catalyst. The transition to a more energy-efficient landscape is no exception. According to a new ranking of energy innovation, America’s biggest cities are leading the way.


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

From solar power to electric vehicles, from building efficiency to biomass, the energy industry is blessed with an abundance of innovative technologies that are transforming how we generate and consume electricity.

It’s been eight years since major energy legislation was passed, but current House and Senate proposals that would strengthen America’s infrastructure and increase energy efficiency are exciting prospects for electrical contractors.

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How do companies figure the cost of doing business? The answer is complicated for electrical contractors (ECs) to track and mitigate, as the environment most operate in has shifted from a few big construction jobs to a variety of contracts and providing a plethora of services.

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Good Faith, Fair Dealing and Utility Companies
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On a $28 million infrastructure contract, a contractor suffered an $11 million loss because of high charges by the utility companies for their part of the installation. The contractor, it turned out, got no remedy in court and, therefore, no means of recouping this major loss.


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We Have A Lot to Talk About
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I set out on a new journey when I officially became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) on Jan. 1, after spending a year working as Dennis Quebe’s understudy for this role. I would like to thank everyone who is traveling along with me. 


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2015: Year of the Rebate?
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According to the Consortium for Energy ­Efficiency’s 2013 State of the Efficiency Program Industry report, “U.S. and Canadian combined gas and electric Demand Side Management program budgets reached $9.6 billion in 2013, representing a 2 percent increase over 2012 DSM budgets.

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Utility Investment Could Bring A Surge of EV Charging Stations To California
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In the pursuit of technological innovation and alternative-energy sources, California has a well-established reputation as a pioneer. That reputation also applies to the field of electric vehicles (EVs).


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The Electron Choo Choo
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Chattanooga, Tenn., has been known primarily for its Choo Choo, but lately it has been getting attention for a much faster form of transportation: electrons.

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CCPP Project Considers Environment, Could Be Cleanest In Country

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As clean energies go, comparatively unglamorous natural gas doesn’t get the attention of its flashier cohorts, but a new project in Leesburg, Va., may soon be one of the cleanest and most efficient sources of electricity generation in the country.


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