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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. 

Researchers could one day turn the smelly gases from landfills, like this one in Niteroi, Brazil, into clean hydrogen fuel.

While the debate over climate change rages, we can all agree that methane gas is stinky, and anyone who’s been to a landfill can confirm the presence of the gas.

Cooperation, coordination and conversation can pay off. That’s what the team behind the energy upgrade of Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City discovered when the hotel underwent a $7 million energy-saving retrofit, the biggest property-assessed clean energy (PACE) commercial project in the nation.

With the ability to turn off lights during peak-demand periods, demand-response (DR) programs offer a number of advantages for larger commercial and industrial electric-utility customers. These benefits can include utility incentive payments and, of course, lower electricity bills.

The U.S. Energy Information Administration’s 
new “Annual Energy Outlook 2014” predicts that below-average annual increases in U.S. electric generating capacity will occur through 2040; most new capacity will be natural gas-fired facilities.


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