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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 the quest for achieving greater energy efficiency, buildings have become a primary target, and building designers are jumping on the bandwagon.


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.

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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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Required: Revised Thinking
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It’s important to change with the times Project specifications have evolved over the years, but nothing has equaled the proposed revisions to the specifications section that have developed recently.

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Vacuum Excavators: Inhaling the Toughest Jobs
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With little fanfare, vacuum excavation equipment has begun making an impact on the way outside electrical infrastructure is constructed and maintained.

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Keep On Truckin'
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Vans and pickups. Box vans and line trucks. Trucks with aerial devices and trucks to transport equipment, supplies, tools and personnel. Without these and other specialty vehicles, electrical construction and maintenance work would stop.

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Today's Lesson: LANs
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School systems are big spenders in the land of LANS Certain industries adapted to LANs quicker than others, but almost everyone eventually jumped on board. Nowadays, you would be hard-pressed to find a business that operates without some sort of LAN in place.

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The 2004 Profile of the Electrical Contractor
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In journalism, it’s conventional to tell readers the who, what, where, how and why of a story, and that’s what we’ve done in interpreting the survey results from the 2004 PROFILE OF THE ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR.

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