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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. 

Few one-trick ponies exist in the digital age. As cell phones have become portable computers, other devices also have taken on multiple functions.

This article is the fifth in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part five.

Something I’ve thought a lot about since I became president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the value of membership in our association. I want to know more about our members’ perception of the value they want and receive from NECA.

In early 2015, the IBEW/NECA Technical Institute in Alsip, Ill., started building a 250-acre on-site facility, the Renewable Energy Training Field (RETF).

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The Year's Estimate

My final thoughts for 2005 are for all the owners, chief and senior estimators out there—the team leaders who bear the responsibility of determining which direction their estimating department will take their company.

Power House

Distributed generation (DG) is the process of generating electricity at or near the point of use. Examples include solar energy and wind-powered systems as well as natural gas fueled technologies.

The PQ Life Cycle

Though the rules of Kirchoff's and Ohm's Laws are always the same, the emphasis on power quality (PQ) changes throughout a facility's life cycle and equipment within.

Leading the Charge

In today's market, many electrical contractors choose design-build as their project delivery method, and they have solid reasons for doing so. “Essentially you separate yourself from your competition,” said Jim Mackey, president of Evergreen Power Systems, Seattle.

Trends in UPS Systems

Between a troubled public utility power grid, unprecedented demand for power by a growing population and the need to protect an increasingly digitally dependent economy, everyone from major manufacturing facilities to homeowners are recognizing the need and value of the protection and capabilities

Being Green: LEED Certification

The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) is an industry organization made up of many parts of the construction industry including owners, designers and contractors.

You Made Me Do It

In a typical old-time cowboy movie, there is always a scene where the bad guy says something like, “Give me the deed to your ranch or I'll shoot you.” Without question, the rancher's signature would be obtained by duress and the transaction would be void.