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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. 

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.

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.

Less than a month after a series of unprecedented wildfires devastated several Northern California communities, controversy has ignited over who is at fault.

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Builder Confidence Improves Slightly in November

Builder confidence in the market for newly built, single-family homes improved slightly in November, according to the National Association of Home Builders/Wells Fargo Housing Market Index (HMI). The HMI rose one notch to 16 from a downwardly revised level of 15 in the previous month.

Utility Will Close Coal-Fired, Open Gas-Fired Station

Dominion Virginia Power is volunteering to close a West Virginia coal-fired power station as part of its plan to build a natural-gas fired power station in northwestern Virginia.

ComEd Energy-Efficiency Programs Exceeds Energy-Reduction Goals

ComEd customers in the Chicagoland area are on their way to saving more than $155 million in annual energy costs by taking advantage of the utility’s Smart Ideas energy--efficiency programs.

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Pushed Back: 2011 Construction Outlook

What happened to the recovery experts predicted in 2010? “That early stage of recovery has been pushed back,” said Robert Murray, vice president of economic affairs at McGraw-Hill Construction.

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Plan Now

After one of the toughest employment years in recent history, with many electricians benched in industry layoffs, it may seem counterintuitive to focus on employment right now. As the economy recovers, the employment situation will become more complicated.

Word of Mouth

Societies of the past handed down traditions, stories and knowledge orally from generation to generation. One hopes the original basis for the inherited ideas remains true as time progresses.

Going off the Paper

I’ve waited to write about paperless estimating until now. I’ve been estimating with digital drawings and estimating software for many years, but I didn’t want to write this until I was 100 percent paperless and working entirely “in-screen,” as one software company calls it.