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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 age of sustainability, every conceivable energy source gets equal consideration. Just as wind and solar power have had their growing pains, other viable sources will, too.

In December, I spoke at the International Drone Expo in Los Angeles. The Expo lived up to its name as to being “International” in scope.

The Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union.

Each year, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) holds a number of national competitions that allow college students from around the nation in construction and construction-related trades to experience what it is like to work in the industry.

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Utilities Ready for the Stimulus for Greater Efficiency

Most of the talk about federal politics these days has centered on the mortgage crisis and the failing banking industry. The bulk of the money in the Obama administration’s bailout packages has been for banks, investment companies, other large industries and homeowners at risk for foreclosure.


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Keep the Lines Open

Years ago, when Casey Stengel became manager of the New York Mets, he said in amazement, “For these guys, every fly ball is a new adventure.” He might as well have been talking about building an integration team because every project of this kind requires a unique skill set and a custom cast of cha


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Smarter Than a Fifth Gridder

Although the hyperbole of the recent elections is past us, one of the buzzwords that gained momentum in the process was the term “smart grid.” I agree with those in the electric utility industry who take exception to such a concept, with all the implications associated with it, including that the c


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ComEd Reliability Performance Improves in 2008

The electric utility for the northern Illinois area, ComEd, reported 14 percent fewer outages than in 2007.


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A Case of Defective Drawings

“It is undisputed that virtually all of the drawings and specifications … contained substantial errors, conflicts and discrepancies, which rendered them unusable for the construction of the project … .” Eaton Electric Inc. v. Dormitory Authority of the State of New York, (N.Y.


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Stormy Weather

Three years after Hurricane Rita, while electrical contractors in southern Texas were still repairing and replacing damaged electrical systems, Hurricane Ike surged into Galveston and brought contractors the most work they had seen in decades. Ike made landfall in Galveston on Sept.


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What's Fibonacci Got to Do With It?

There is no question that we are in a severe bear market. From a record high of more than 14,164.53 on Oct. 9, 2007, the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA) fell to 8,777.67 on Dec. 31, 2008.


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