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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. 

Renewable generation and energy-storage technology have evolved at a similar pace in recent years. Their mutually beneficial relationship is no mystery.

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association’s (NEMA) current and future confidence indexes both inched backward in May, signifying a potential return to the status quo, though currently both indexes remain in the “expansionary range.”

I scheduled the whole day to finish the restaurant takeoff. I even came in a bit early. Of course, just as I start counting, the phone rings. It’s my foreman on the strip mall project. The utility company has not shown up to turn on the power. I jump on the phone to track down the company.

After nearly a decade of inching upwards, the national median home value finally surpassed pre-recession levels. According to Zillow Research, in March, the Zillow Home Value Index (ZHVI) hit $197,100, passing the pre-recession peak of $196,600 from April 2007.

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In the Blink of a Lamp

During The winter holiday season, houses are often decorated inside and out with little blinking lights. But, when the regular house or commercial lights blink or flicker, that’s a different story, and it is about to change.

PD for PQ

If one searches for power quality tools on the internet,- the most common results will be for equipment, such as digital multimeters, harmonic analyzers and, most often, power quality analyzers or monitors.

Up in Smoke

Pillage, plunder, despoil. These words conjure up images of Conan the Barbarian robbing and destroying whole villages. “Spoliate” is a less bloody but similarly archaic word. Spoliation has a unique position in the law and, when proven, can lead to severe consequences.

Should You Hire an Estimator?

As the construction industry is starting to breathe again, I’m getting calls from small contractors asking if I think they should hire a full-time estimator. It’s a great question, and I’m glad they are thinking ahead, but there is no simple answer.

Smart Grid Is Coming to Baltimore

After clearing some regulatory hurdles, the power provider for central Maryland is set to unveil a new smart grid. In September, Baltimore Gas and Electric Co.

Follow the Money

So, you’ve heard this before, but solar power today is really on the verge of going mainstream. How do we know that, this time, the odds are better than ever? By following the money.

Spreading the Knowledge

The “Profile of the Electrical Contractor” in the July issue of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR showed 65–70 percent of those surveyed indicated they performed power quality work.