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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. 

Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, may be the victim of its own success in the renewable-energy quest for mainstream market share. The state’s wind-power industry has been growing like a summer storm.

In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an initiative to increase the number of trained solar workers in the United States.

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


Determining how much of the National Electrical Code (NEC) estimators should know depends on several factors, including how much they initially knew when they became estimators, the type of work they are bidding, who they are working for, the completeness of the bid documents, and their goals as est

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People Make the Difference
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Starting next month, the presidency of NECA—and this column—will be in the very capable hands of David Hardt, president of Hardt Electric in Chicago.

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Studies Differ On The Cost Of Solar Power
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Evaluating the cost-
effectiveness of renewable power has always been a fairly simple calculation. As manufacturers lowered their production costs and improved the generating efficiency of their technology, renewables became more cost competitive with conventional sources of power.


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Fuel-Cell Power Ready For Commercial Use

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Mobile lighting systems powered by hydrogen fuel cells are cleaner and quieter and now have a proven track-record in applications like nighttime construction, sports and entertainment events, and airport operations, making them ready for commercialization and broader use.


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Obama Supports Net Neutrality, Opposes Paid Prioritization 

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The political debate over net neutrality rages on with millions of people who have differing vested interests in the future of Internet connectivity in the United States. 


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Line Technicians Compete In International Lineman’s Rodeo

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On Oct. 18, more than 200 line technician teams competed for “best in world” titles at the International Lineman’s Rodeo at the National Agricultural Hall of Fame in Bonner Springs, Kan.


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Backup Generators Anew
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Backup power is critical for almost all, if not all, facilities. Design of a backup generator system and its capacity depends on the purpose of a business or facility. Hospitals need a complete backup in the event of a power outage; the lives of patients can depend on it.

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Bid Listing Redux
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There is a lot of discussion about bid shopping in several of the forums I participate in, so I thought this would be good time to revisit the subject and bring things up to date. I learned very early in my career that having the low number at bid time did not guarantee you a contract. 


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