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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 new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

During a snowstorm last week, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to over 1,200 crashes and spinouts around the state. Fifty people were injured, and one woman was killed.

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

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Bandwidth-Intensive Applications Fueling Worldwide Broadband Growth

As use of the Internet grows more sophisticated and complex, so does the need for greater capacity and faster downloads. It is only fitting, then, that users are signing up for broadband at a rate that can be described as nothing short of high-speed.


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Construction Unemployment Rate Continues to Rise Amid Bleak Outlooks

The construction unemployment rate jumped to 22.5 percent in January 2011 as the sector lost another 32,000 jobs since December 2010, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released by the Associated General Contractors (AGC) of America.


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Straightening the Learning Curve

With this last article on paperless estimating, I want to touch on a few of the greater benefits and potential issues you may face. I’m hoping some of you have already purchased and are now using “in-screen” takeoff (IST) software, after reading parts one and two of this series.


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New Inspection Robot for Overhead Transmission Lines

For decades, utility operators have been searching for a way to automatically conduct physical inspections of overhead transmission lines.


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Department of Labor Budget Requests Include Training, Realistic Cuts

The U.S. Department of Labor recently outlined its part of the president’s fiscal year 2012 budget request to Congress. The department’s budget request focuses on efficiently achieving the department’s goals while exercising fiscal restraint.


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Utilities to Improve Electric Service in Northeast Pennsylvania, Poconos

PPL Electric Utilities announced a six-year project to improve electric service for homes and businesses in northeast Pennsylvania and the Pocono Mountains.


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One Swallow Does Not a Spring Make

Once two parties have negotiated and signed a contract, that document’s terms and specifications are supposed to be unalterable, except by further mutual agreement.


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