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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. 

Executives at Sidewalk Labs, a subsidiary of Alphabet (the parent company of Google), are planning to meet with Alphabet executives to discuss plans for a rejuvenation project designed to turn a section of an existing city into a “smart city.” The plan calls for billions of dollars in investments to

There is a tug of war in construction contracts over design responsibility and liability. An owner’s design team will spend months preparing detailed drawings and specifications.

The electrical contracting industry is aging. Getting young people interested in the field and keeping them interested is a challenge, but one that must be faced to move the industry forward.

For the last two months, I have offered information on choosing an honest, responsible financial adviser. But all investments involve some element of risk, and scam artists can victimize even the most sophisticated clients.

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Keep the Lights On

With building green comes the ongoing task of maintaining a green building. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was an early proponent of building green, and it remains an influence on the movement today.


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Power Line Reconstruction to Begin This Summer in Kentucky

Kentucky Utilities, the Lexington-based power provider, will embark on a much-needed upgrade to its high-voltage transmission lines this summer. The project will involve more than four miles of lines running between two substations, one in southeast and one in east Lexington.


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Transforming Today's Transformers

Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September.


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Figuring in Tools and Equipment

I have seen it done many different ways; I have heard twice as many opinions. Sometimes it’s a specific dollar amount entry or a small percentage value; sometimes nothing at all.


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Forgotten But Not Gone

Among the responsibilities of numerous working groups and task forces of the Power Quality Subcommittee under the auspices of the Transmission and Distribution Committee of the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (or more simply, the IEEE PES T&D PQ


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Exert Your Influence

Last month, we considered resources that are outside our span of control, and we discussed setting up the environment in which we can influence or guide those resources in support of our job.


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Micro Grids Fight for Independence from Regional Grid

According to the Burlington Free Press, the summer heat wave of 2006 cost businesses in Stamford, Connecticut, tens of millions of dollars due to resulting power failures.


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