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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. 

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

This month, I expand on “Do You Trust the Drawings?” by talking more about establishing the scope of work included in your estimates. Let’s start with verbal instructions.

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Living on the Necessities

For the last couple years, installations of new fire alarm systems have decreased significantly due to the slowdown in new building projects. Fortunately, companies that also test and maintain systems have an alternative means of income.

More Plug-in Electric Vehicles for Fleets

A May report from Pike Research forecasts that, between 2010 and 2015, more than 1.3 million plug-in electric vehicles (PEVs) will be purchased for use in fleet operations, with nearly 400,000 vehicles being sold annually by the end of 2015.

Researchers Challenge Traditional Thermoelectric Theory, Discover Efficiency Gains

The traditional method of thinking in nanoscale materials is that smaller is better, but researchers at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering are challenging traditional thermoelectric theory.

CPSC Alert: Counterfeit Smoke Alarms Distributed in Atlanta

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) urged residents in the Atlanta area to check their homes for counterfeit smoke alarms. About 18,500 such alarms were distributed for free between 2006 through May 2011 as part of the Atlanta Smoke Alarm Program.

Study Finds Customers Want Electricity Use Information

A recent analysis by corporate and utility consulting firm E Source reveals a strong interest among residential customers in smart meter data.

New Sodium Batteries Prove Effective for Storing Grid Power

By adding the right amount of heat, researchers have developed a method that improves the electrical capacity and recharging lifetime of sodium-ion rechargeable batteries, which could be a cheaper alternative for large-scale uses, such as storing energy on the electrical grid.

NYC's Twin Power

Five years after completing the 500-megawatt (MW) Astoria Energy natural gas combined-cycle power plant in Queens, N.Y., E-J Electric Installation Co. of Long Island City, N.Y., is at work on its twin—Astoria Energy Phase II—helping usher in New York’s cleanest, most efficient power plant.