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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. 

The power generation environment is changing, and so are the systems used to transmit and store that resource. Microgrids are emerging as one of the key components in the new energy landscape.


Last month we talked about why bid listing laws are a good thing. In summary, general contractors use bid shopping to take profit from the subcontractors and keep those profits for themselves. Bid listing laws are a very effective way of stopping post-award bid shopping. 


Starting next month, the presidency of NECA—and this column—will be in the very capable hands of David Hardt, president of Hardt Electric in Chicago.

Construction work often must be done in areas without power and, therefore, without adequate light. Also, it often must be done outside at night.

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The ADA and Public Places
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The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a sweeping civil rights legislation that increases contractors’ obligations and risks. Applying civil rights legislation in the context of building and code requirements is inherently uncomfortable and difficult.

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The Power of Knowledge
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The message of safety and security The safety and security policies and procedures at any company are often extensive. But whether or not those policies are communicated consistently and effectively can make or break the facility’s overall safety and security.

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A Balancing Act
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Public places need easy access—and reliable security For those of you who are in charge of security at a museum, or any other public facility that allows unrestricted public access, it’s a tricky environment in which to provide protection and detection.

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The Public PQ
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Public transportaion is more vulnerable than you might think Power quality and the problems that arise when the quality of the supply doesn’t match the requirements of the equipment are most often thought of in terms of the resulting loss of productivity in commercial applications such as data cent

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As Security Concerns Grow, Business Follows
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Pro-Tec Design and Premier Electrical demonstrate success in the field of security In 1966, a Chicago-based electrical contractor landed a job working on the main runway at the Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) International Airport.

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For Want of a Nail, The Shoe Was Lost
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Settlement agreements may be the nail that saves you Settlement agreements come in all forms, some of which are called by different names.

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The Sleeping Giant
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In our 2004 Survey of the Electrical Contractor, published in last month’s issue, we found on average 46 percent of our respondents’ revenue came from design-build projects.

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