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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. 

Already an early-adopter in the fight against climate change, California has taken another step to bolster its reputation by more quickly reducing its emissions of greenhouse gases.


Oklahoma, where the wind comes sweepin’ down the plain, may be the victim of its own success in the renewable-energy quest for mainstream market share. The state’s wind-power industry has been growing like a summer storm.

In April 2015, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced an initiative to increase the number of trained solar workers in the United States.

Progress in the renewable-energy industry is often measured in outsized terms—the best, the biggest, the fastest and the cheapest. When it comes to packing a wallop of solar potential, no place does it like Nevada.


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Pinball Contracting and Random Hazards
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This article concentrates on home construction and construction for the small business owner. The problems, legal or otherwise, encountered by the small- to medium-sized contractors on these projects do not differ much from those of large companies on big jobs.

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Getting Involved
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I just returned from chairing the Report on Proposals (ROP) meeting for the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance Committee, where we reviewed, debated, commented and voted on more than 150 proposed revisions to the 2002 edition for the next edition.

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IT and the Electrical Contractor
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The capabilities and availability of information technology (IT) are increasing rapidly for the electrical contracting firm. New IT products and services that promise to improve efficiency and increase profits are introduced daily.

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Fire Alarm Systems and Elevator Recall
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In every building taller than two stories-and in some two-story buildings as well-regulations will require you to provide elevator recall as part of the building's fire alarm system installation.

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Home of the Braves
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When the Rome Braves play ball at home and the games stretch into nightfall, the lights are turned on-lights that rival those in the major leagues.

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Training Future Leaders
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For the electrical contracting industry to remain strong, the next generation of leaders needs to be educated and cross-trained. Each firm, though, is unique and must develop cross-training and educational programs that meet its specific needs.

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Lighting Retrofits Make the Upgrade
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Advances in lighting technology have produced a variety of new retrofitting methods and components that are transforming existing high-volume facilities and transportation infrastructure. By their very nature, retrofits are designed to enhance performance and provide significant energy savings.

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