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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. 

According to the New York City Council website, on March 21, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted Introduction 247-A, a bill which amends the New York City administrative code to increase the civil and criminal penalties for performing electrical work without a license.

According to the latest data from the Census Bureau and the Department of Housing and Urban Development, new home construction and building permits fell in April, but this drop doesn't really tell the whole story of what is going on in the residential homebuilding market.

I recently read an article regarding excellence versus perfection. It hit the nail square on the head regarding my estimating philosophy, which I developed mostly because of the stark contrast between my first two estimating jobs.


LED lighting solutions have been experiencing rapid innovation, and they're at a breaking point. Now, facilities across the United States are considering lighting retrofits more seriously than ever.

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Coming in for a Landing

Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been expanding its runway system and installing a new airfield lighting system, a new electric lighting vault and a lighting control sys-tem that provides and regulates power for runway and taxiway lighting throughout the airport. Divane Bros.


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ASU Installs LED Lighting in Parking Structures

Arizona State University (ASU) retrofitted six parking structures on the Tempe campus with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.


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Breaking out the Big Guns

Last month, we covered the processes of site power quality (PQ) benchmark or compliance audits and facilitywide energy surveys.


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Promises to Keep

Recently, while serving on a panel session at the Power Quality and Reliability conference, a member of the audience chastised me for “not educating us on what this smart grid stuff is really all about.” It seemed like a reasonable challenge, especially given that I am a member of the Institute of


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Think About It

There was a sign at my college job: “Engage brain before opening mouth,” which is similar to what my parents would often say: “Think before you speak.” The same basic concept applies before you take a power quality monitor into the field, connect it up and collect gigabytes of data.


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Obama Administration Delivers More than $453 Million for Weatherization Programs in 15 States

US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced that the DOE is providing more than $453 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the economic stimulus bill) funding to expand weatherization assistance programs in 15 states.


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Money in the Bank

Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill.


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