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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. 

After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Wednesday in the battle for municipal broadband networks.

In this era when renewable power enjoys tremendous popularity, not all proposals are a slam dunk. Leaders sometimes have to take a stand to help get controversial projects over the hump. In June, Missouri Gov.

Each year, ELECTRI International makes Early Career Research Awards available to individuals in universities and research institutions.

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.


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Managing Meetings

Last month, I offered some tips on reducing the cost of remote communication, such as letters, e-mails and telephone calls. Meetings are another source of inflated communication costs. Make a list of all meetings you held last year.


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Success Story

It's not difficult to find examples of transmission-planning projects gone awry. From Southern California to Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, electric utilities face heavy opposition to their plans to boost transmission capacity.


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Light the Way

Today, there is a push to save energy and, therefore, money. One of the largest users of energy in a commercial building is its lighting system, which Darlene Bremer discusses in this month’s Energy Management column on page 86.


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McCormick User's Conference Set

McCormick Systems User’s Conference is set for April 2-5 in Tempe, Ariz. The event brings dozens of contractors and estimators together to talk with each other, speak with McCormick staff, and listen to presentations. Two full days of educational sessions are scheduled.


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Panda Energy to Build 1,000-MW Power Plant

Panda Energy Inc announced that it intends to build, own and operate a 1,000-megawatt combined-cycle power plant in an industrial-zoned area of the city of Temple, Texas.


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Dominion Virginia Power Discounting Efficiency

Late last year, many electric utilities announced they would offer customers discounts on compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs) in a partnership with Energy Star.


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Estimating Renovation Work

Estimating renovation projects is different from estimating a brand new, built-from-the-ground-up project. Renovations involve existing buildings. Existing buildings, well … they exist.


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