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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. 

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge

Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

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Electrical Code Coalition Issues New Proclamations

The Electrical Code Coalition issued a series of new proclamations in conjunction with National Electrical Safety Month.

New Wireless Monitoring for Smart Transformers

Of the approximately 1 million transformers used by U.S. electric utilities, only about 2 percent are currently monitored.

Pepco Begins Installing Smart Meters in Maryland

In June, electric utility Pepco began installing advanced digital electric meters, also referred to as smart meters, throughout its Maryland service area.

Transmission Upgrades for Central and Eastern States

The nation’s growing appetite for electricity, and for electricity generated by alternative-energy sources, demands a comparable expansion in the country’s transmission infrastructure, if all of that new power is to be delivered.

DOE Makes Strides in Reducing Solar-Energy Project Costs

As part of the Obama administration’s SunShot Initiative to make solar energy cost-competitive with fossil fuels within the decade, U.S.

Study Finds Clean-Energy Leaders

Clean Edge released its second annual U.S. Clean Energy Leadership Index. The index provides an analysis and ranking of how all 50 states, and the individuals, businesses, and organizations that operate there, compare across the clean-energy spectrum.

More Plug-in Electric Vehicles for Fleets

A May report from Pike Research forecasts that, between 2010 and 2015, more than 1.3 million plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be purchased for use in fleet operations, with nearly 400,000 vehicles being sold annually by the end of 2015.