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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 an employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 4, the construction industry added 6,000 new positions (seasonally adjusted) in July.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $7.5 million to improve the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid, according to a June press release.

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

Expansions, updates and renovations are a necessity of modern life as buildings quickly become outdated. College buildings are no exception; students can be demanding customers.

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Retro-Renewables

Though there are many green buildings being designed and built from the start with significant considerations for the environmental effect or footprint, many renovation projects include alternative or renewable-energy sources, such as solar power.


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Construction Unemployment Nears 20 Percent

Despite a slow down in the number of construction workers losing jobs in November, 19 percent of the nation’s construction workers are now unemployed, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.


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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

When pundits offer statistics in support of their opinions, it is hard to know whether to trust the numbers; economics and finance are difficult enough to navigate without suspecting that someone with an agenda is deliberately misleading you.


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Give Me My Money Back

There is no way around it. The concept of revocation of acceptance is an odd one. If you pay for goods or services that turn out to be less than what you bargained for, your first thought might be to sue for damages for breach of contract.


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The Not-So-Dumb Grid

With all this talk about the coming of the smart grid, it seems like a good idea to review what currently delivers the electrons to your door.


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2010 Construction Outlook: A Slow Climb From Rock Bottom

Leading construction experts and economists agree that the economy is emerging from its deepest and longest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even with a modest boost from government stimulus dollars, it will be a very slow crawl out of recession and into recovery.


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Pepco Energy to Green Camden Yards, Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium

Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., a utility for the mid-Atlantic region, was selected by the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to implement a $9 million comprehensive energy-efficiency contract at Camden Yards, Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.


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