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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. 

Hawaiian Electric Co. recently announced plans that will lower customer electric bills by 20 percent.

DeWalt 12V Max XR lithium-ion battery

All lithium-ion batteries are not the same, and four toolmakers describe here what makes their batteries unique.


The movement toward renewables is about more than just finding new sources of power. More precisely, it is about feeding a growing, insatiable need for power while polluting less.


Constant advances in software and the pressing need to save money and improve operational efficiencies mean electrical contractors must frequently revisit the question of whether to upgrade their fleet, service and time-management software systems.


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Reverse Auction Nightmare
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Reverse auctions and construction shouldn’t mix. Almost everyone involved in the business agrees—with the exception of some large clients.

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Software: A Hard Decision
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Construction software has changed the way many contractors do their jobs. But the choices can be daunting and confusing to the first-time buyer, most of whom start out looking at estimating software. Some couple with digitizers (see sidebar), others are AutoCAD-based and one uses scanned drawings.

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Power Quality Meets Remote Metering
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Measuring energy usage in real-time by remote metering is becoming increasingly viable, but in order to be economical, its cost must be offset with new power quality and energy management services.

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When to Call in the Big Guns
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Contracts are drafted by committee. The group always includes an attorney who may or may not give practical considerations to the language drafted. That language, however, is of paramount importance to you. So what do you do when confronted with a book of terms and conditions? Ignore them?

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The Educated Consumer and Electric Utility Restructuring
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A retail clothing store advertises, “An educated consumer is our best customer.” Prices are adjusted weekly, and if you know the value of designer merchandise on the racks, you can get some very good bargains.

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Resizing Service or Feeder Loads
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At one time or other, all contractors have been faced with a decision to either recalculate the size of an existing service or feeder or just guess at the amount of spare load and install new circuits while hoping for the best. Guessing will usually only get you in trouble.

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Speaking to Strengths
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At the recent Power Quality World Conference, I chaired a session on “Specifying and Purchasing PQ Equipment.” Afterward, I met one of the presenters from an electric utility who said he planned to bring his lawyer with him to the session the next day.

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