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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. 

While energy innovation enjoys a surge of popularity, one crucial element is still lacking: financing.

On a $28 million infrastructure contract, a contractor suffered an $11 million loss because of high charges by the utility companies for their part of the installation. The contractor, it turned out, got no remedy in court and, therefore, no means of recouping this major loss.


Along with many new trends that electrical contractors are finding themselves involved with these days, there are some surprises. While ECs have traditionally wired the power for elevators, much of the work has been left to mechanical contractors.

According to the Consortium for Energy ­Efficiency’s 2013 State of the Efficiency Program Industry report, “U.S. and Canadian combined gas and electric Demand Side Management program budgets reached $9.6 billion in 2013, representing a 2 percent increase over 2012 DSM budgets.

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