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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 May 2015, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., introduced “The 21st Century Energy Workforce Act” in the Senate. The proposed bill is designed to accomplish two things.


Shortly before midnight on May 26, 2015, a New York subway train lost power on a section of tracks in Queens. It isn’t uncommon for trains to malfunction in such a way, but when service personnel arrived, they discovered hundreds of feet of copper cabling were missing.


The relighting of the ancient Imperial Forums of the City of Rome took place in April 2015, the result of the work of Vittorio Storaro, a lighting designer and Oscar-winning cinematographer, and his daughter, Francesca Storaro, a well-known architect and lighting designer.


It stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.


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