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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. 

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Last month, I wrote about basic considerations for processing change orders. Now, it’s time to dig into the details. Let’s start from the beginning.
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Every four years, the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) releases its Infrastructure Report Card, which grades the condition and performance of infrastructure in the United States.

While President Trump campaigned on a promise to boost opportunities for fossil fuels and revitalize the coal industry, market forces might already have limited his opportunities for fulfilling that pledge.

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Data Breakdown

Recently, I needed to dig up a paper I wrote more than a decade ago for a conference in the United Kingdom. Part of the paper was devoted to expert systems that were beginning to gain momentum as a possible way to solve power quality problems, rather than just provide more data or information.

Ameren Cos. Providing Power Outage Data Over Handheld Devices

Ameren Cos.. in Illinois and Missouri are among the first electric utility companies in the nation to offer power outage information on mobile devices. Called, it is available to Ameren’s 2.4 million electricity customers in Illinois and Missouri.

ComEd Works With Authorities on Electricity Theft Case

ComEd is on a campaign against stealing electricity and issued a reminder about the public-safety risks associated with the illegal act. So far, the campaign has led to the arrest and conviction of a Wilmington, Ill., man who was charged with violation of the Illinois Public Utility Act.

Resorting to Less

Much of the renewed focus on energy conservation and going green has been on what to do at home and in the workplace. But how about the places where people go to relax and play—resorts and other vacations spots? Are they becoming more green?

Recharging the Industry: On the Road

Contractor: Bruce & Merrilees, New Castle, Pa. Project 1: A design/build American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penndot) Bucks County, I-95

And in the End ...

My past two columns covered monitoring from the service entrance and down into the facility to record what happened and to determine what caused it. At last, we get down to probably the most important aspect: monitoring at a load to determine why it is not operating properly.

Coming in for a Landing

Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been expanding its runway system and installing a new airfield lighting system, a new electric lighting vault and a lighting control sys-tem that provides and regulates power for runway and taxiway lighting throughout the airport. Divane Bros.