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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 the utility sector, not many issues cause industry stakeholders more anxiety than the aging infrastructure and continuously increasing demand. Around the country, utilities are investing heavily to keep up with degradation and power-hungry consumers.


Beginning this month, we are taking a fresh look at Ideas That Work. This column has been part of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR Magazine for many years, and most submitted ideas have been time saving and practical.

It isn’t often that an electrical contractor (EC) literally goes airborne during system testing and commissioning.

Wind, rain, wildfires, hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, earthquakes, heavy snowfalls, ice and falling trees are all potential causes of unpredictable and often prolonged power outages.

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Hard Copy to Hard Drive
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“Twenty years ago, the industry’s estimating tools were pencil, paper and a calculator.

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ESI Has Contemporary Style
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Founded in 1939 in Cincinnati as the Modern Art Society, the Contemporary Arts Center (CAC) was one of the first institutions in the United States dedicated to exhibiting the art of the times.

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Making Peace With Anger
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Anger and violence in the workplace are definitely increasing, and one in six workers has been angry enough at work to want to punch a coworker. Understanding how to prevent anger from erupting into violence is imperative. Anger is a strong feeling of antagonism associated with extreme displeasure.

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Managing Generational Diversity
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People are your most important asset, and also the hardest to manage. Employees talk back, loyalty seems to have disappeared and the traditional work ethic appears to be eroding. You are probably experiencing the confusion inherent in managing employees of different generations.

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Building Integrated Photovoltaics
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Distributed generation (DG) is the term used to describe the placement of small-scale electric generating capacity at or near the load that it serves.

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Reverse This Trend
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As if contractors and estimators didn’t face sufficient obstacles to bid profitable projects and run a business that produces a healthy return on investment, a new wrinkle has been gaining steam.

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Construction Forecast 2004
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This year should stay even with 2003, with a dip in housing and an upward blip in nonresidential. However, 2005 may be a big year all around. Bureau of Labor Statistics data claims 781,400 field workers were employed in electrical construction, on average, from July through September of 2000.

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