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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. 

A Southern California city known for its annual grand prix and its offshore oil derricks is now looking at an energy-storage project that will neither start cars nor run on fossil fuel.


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It's an irony of moder construction that, to deliver power to a job site, an electrical contractor must first establish temporary power.

Play Place for Autistic Children, a 25,000–square foot facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., offers autistic kids and their families a safe, supportive environment to play, learn and socialize.

Siemens has opened submissions for its fourth annual Engineering Innovation Award for Fire and Life Safety design.

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Don't Worry, I'll Take Care of You

Example 1: During a push to get a new department store finished, the owner changes lighting layouts. He also decides to expand a storage area. No new drawings are issued, and the owner’s representative tells you to go ahead on verbal instructions.


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Demand-Side Management

Here's a scenario you may find familiar: Oil and gas prices rise as concerns about supplies worsen. Electricity rates begin a climb that seems unlikely to reverse itself.


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Watch the Pennies

The holidays are over, and you are facing a new calendar and a tough economy. When money is tight and the market is down, it’s time to look for waste. When you start a business, you are conscious of every purchase and monitor cash flow.


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Time Flies

Where does all my time go? I’m working as hard as I can, and I still cannot keep up. There simply isn’t enough time for everything.


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Watch What You Sign

My law firm recently defended a title company and its settlement agent in a case involving allegations of predatory lending. It emphasized a few important points. First, written contracts matter. Second, they matter perhaps far more than individuals understand.


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Estimating Electrical Rooms

When trying to determine where they might lose labor on a project, why would an electrical estimator focus on the switchgear and electrical rooms? Can there really be much to worry about? These rooms pale in comparison to the rest of the project, right?


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Turning Down the Heat

Businesses, especially in the financial community, are increasingly reliant on information. This has sent the demand to process and store digital information skyrocketing, turning the heat up on data centers’ computer resources.


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