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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 challenge of bridging the gap to new generations, such as millennials, isn't a new conversation.

One thing I’ve sought to emphasize during my term as president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the critical nature of forming and maintaining international relationships to strengthen the electrical construction industry.

Linemen from Quanta Services address damaged poles in an area flooded by Hurricane Harvey

The nation’s late summer flurry of hurricane activity was unprecedented. Within days of the record downpours from Hurricane Harvey that overwhelmed the Houston area for nearly two weeks in late August, Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean, devastating the U.S.

Image courtesy of Community First! Village

It was announced this week that Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit group, plans to raise $60 million in donations to expand Community First!

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To Market, To Market

The U.S. Congress continues to bat the phrases “cap and trade” and “carbon tax” across hearing-room floors, but with economic legislation deadlocked, any proposal even suggesting a new federal tax is pretty much dead in the water.


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NECA Goes into Overdrive to Help Steer EV Market

Earlier this summer, the newly formed Electric Vehicle Standards Panel (EVSP) of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) held its first face-to-face meeting of major EV stakeholders.


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Editors' Pick
Modular Millenium

Industry experts say modular building technologies—which allow for the prefabrication of modules in a warehouse or manufacturing facility for seamless on-site installation—can offer tremendous advantages over traditional stick-built means.


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Results-Oriented

I recently heard a colleague say: “Don’t worry about winning a bunch of jobs with really low bids. You’ll make up the losses in volume!” Of course, he was kidding. Because you won’t; you’ll just lose a bunch of money—in volume.


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Uff Da and Utopia

Electrical contractors are realists. While you may long for a Utopian world in which your employees whistle happily as they create perfect work for delighted customers who pay you on time, earning you a healthy profit, you don’t expect this outcome.


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Out of Skew on the Treadle

One power quality steady-state condition is known by two names: imbalance or unbalance.


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Department of Energy Throws Its Weight Behind Renewables and Efficiency

Talk is cheap, and while the buzz around renewable power and other forms of clean energy is well intended, one government agency has gone beyond the rhetoric.


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