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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 late April, the U.S. Senate passed the Energy Policy Modernization Act of 2015 (S. 2012), an incredibly comprehensive piece of legislation as it relates to energy policy.

When it comes to harnessing the power of the sun, there’s a lot more to it than just throwing down a towel and catching some rays. Ask J.M. Electrical Co. Inc. The Lynnfield, Mass., contractor with 140 electricians just completed an installation that was anything but typical.

The press has had much to say about the death spirals on the way for the 
electric-utility industry, thanks to the rapid proliferation of rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy resources.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) held its conference in San Diego at the end of last month at the Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego.

More on Your Business

Who's On First?

If you’ve ever seen Abbott and Costello’s “Who’s on First?” skit, you probably understand how many people feel about the evolution of project delivery methods.

Tool Trends 2015: Mobile Communications

Mobile communications relating to construction usually is thought of in terms of wireless communications between the office, field personnel and vendors using telephone, email and data transmission.


Paperwork is vanishing from desks in contractor offices and from the hands of contractors on the job site. The shift to digital, however, can be hard to navigate. A host of software solutions and mobile apps are available, but not all are created equal.

A Source Of Value

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

Know Your Assets

Do your employees affect customer loyalty? According to a recent Gallup poll, 20 percent of your employees who have contact with your customers are doing more harm than good, and only one-tenth are working to improve customer service and company performance.

Rhetoric Heats Up In Arizona Solar Controversy

In Arizona, a state that is naturally endowed to support a thriving solar power market, proponents and the state’s utilities are locked in controversy.

Meeting The Home's Demands

Residential demand-side management (DSM) programs aren’t a new concept. As far back as the 1970s energy crisis, electric utilities had programs enabling separate rates for customers’ water heaters (which was then a typical home’s biggest energy user).