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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. 

Hundreds of jobs have been “mothballed” or put on an extended hold status. It occurs with home-renovation projects, power plants, marinas, dentists’ offices and automobile manufacturing plants, to name a few. Every case is unique, yet almost all instances eventually boil down to money issues.

Understanding and accepting 
change is important in any walk of life, but especially so in electrical construction. I’ve seen how innovations in technology have affected the men and women in my business, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

Tools, such as Milwaukee’s M18 FUEL hex impact driver kit, are available to rent.

These days, almost anything can be rented, and the rental industry has done a good job making consumers and business owners aware of the benefits of renting versus owning.

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.5 million in safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

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Clean Coal Project Restructured

In late January, 2008, Energy -Secretary Samuel W. Bodman announced that the federal government would restructure a $1.8 billion power plant in Mattoon, Ill., because of cost concerns and questions about the project’s relevance.


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Inside the Walls

In the first two parts of this series, we looked at external communication and meetings. In this final article, we’ll focus on reducing the cost of internal communication.


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Transmission Line Expansions Power into Kansas

Clearing two important regulatory hurdles, the Topeka, Kan.-based ITC Great Plains, a subsidiary of ITC Holdings Corp., announced its plans to invest in transmission infrastructure improvements in the state of Kansas. As a result, these plans are now one step closer to reality.


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Safety: A Top Priority

Safety is fundamentally important to all involved in a construction project, and the supervisor is at the heart of any job-safety program. Each job for which the electrical supervisor is responsible must have a specific, well-designed safety program.


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Prescribed Solutions

Continual improvements in life expectancy and reduced infant mortality are a result of dedicated healthcare workers and, in part, the array of sophisticated electronic equipment used.


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FPL Cites Human Error as Cause of Florida Blackout

FPL Group's utility Florida Power & Light Company said preliminary results of the investigation into the four-hour blackout on February 26, 2008, indicated human error was the primary cause.


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New Material for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Smokestacks

With current and future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, electrical contractors who work in coal-fired plants may wonder how these requirements will affect their work. New research may point to solutions that will enable coal-fired plants to continue to operate with some modifications.


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