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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 National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is foretelling a good year ahead for home remodeling. According to the organization’s 2017 projections, in the average zip code, remodelers will spend roughly $6,200 per home improvement project, up from $5,800 in NAHB’s 2016 projections.

As President of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), I am proud that our members work hard to make their voices heard around the country.

On June 1, after returning from his first international trip, President Trump officially announced his intention to pull the United States from the Paris climate agreement. It's a decision that has rocked the political world, especially in terms of international relations.

According to a report from the Minnesota Department of Commerce’s Division of Energy Resources, replacing T12 fluorescents with T8s or T5s and upgrading to LEDs reduces lighting energy consumption.

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Borrowing a Code

Even after 30 years-plus of power-quality monitoring, no national design code standard exists for minimizing the impact of power quality phenomena; there isn’t an equivalent of the National Electrical Code (NEC) anywhere.


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The Little Things Aren't So Little

Last month’s column used the BP oil spill as an example of the risk associated with a “good enough” standard.


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More Than Just a Meter

The term “smart grid” is getting a lot of use these days, with related stimulus funding reaching into the billions of dollars and the popular press promising Jetsons-like advances; it has been predicted to enable our control of home appliances from our office desktops and allow us to supply electri


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Perhaps the Facts Might Help

Power quality has finally made the big time in the United States, getting mentioned at the federal level under the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007.


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The Risk of 'Good Enough'

A disaster on the scale of the BP oil spill is unlikely to happen to the average electrical contractor and, therefore, provides little reason to perform catastrophe analysis. Even the experts know that the existing models are imperfect. After all, how can we predict the unpredictable?


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Brown University Reports Advance in Fuel-Cell Technology

Creating catalysts that can operate efficiently and last a long time is a big barrier to taking fuel-cell technology from the lab bench to the assembly line.


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California State Assembly Passes Energy-Storage Bill

The California State Assembly passed AB 2514, legislation that members hope will create a smarter electric grid, increase the use of renewable energy, save Californians money by avoiding the need to build new power plants, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions and other harmful air pollutants through


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