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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. 

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

Sometimes you have a choice to get wet; sometimes you don’t. Splashing through puddles for fun is one thing. Forgetting your umbrella is another. Getting doused with 27 trillion gallons of rain, which is how much Hurricane Harvey dumped on Texas and Louisiana, is altogether something else. 

Often, people in our industry have more than one job title. Smaller shop owners often wear many hats. As businesses grow, one of the most frequent pairings is estimating and project management. 

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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.

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.