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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. 

An electrical contractor client of mine came to me with a problem. His company had been working closely with a general contractor (GC) to develop a proposal for a large design/build project that was in the works.

Microgrids are a huge topic in the renewable-energy world. Local energy grids with control capability—meaning they can disconnect from the traditional grid and operate autonomously—are becoming more attractive for a variety of applications as solar and battery costs plummet.


By most standards, the United States has a highly educated populace. However, one glaring omission is the teaching of personal finance, and it contributes to the lack of financial mobility and prosperity of any person who fails to learn how to budget, save or balance a bank account.


Some may be skeptical of its credentials, but carbon capture has its proponents, and as policy makers have been known to say, everything should be on the table.

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U.S. Employs Millions In Energy Efficiency


When you think efficiency, you think saving money. As it turns out, efficiency is pretty good at making money, too. According to a recent report released by energy-efficiency advocates E2 and E4TheFuture, the efficiency economy may be much larger than anyone thought.


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Energy Efficiency Program Sees Results in Maryland

While the Maryland state legislature debates whether or not to extend the EmPOWER Maryland energy efficiency program, the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE) has released multiple studies encouraging it to continue.                                           


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Powering America Tackles New Milwaukee Skyscraper


The Powering America Team is helping transform the Milwaukee skyline. With the new Northwestern Mutual Tower and Commons, comparisons are being drawn to another nearby metropolis more well-known for its tall buildings.


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Photo courtesy of Robert Romanoff and Dwight School
Absolute Electric President Introduces First Graders to the Trades

In the effort to bring more young people into construction and the trades, it could pay off to look even younger than you might think.


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Laboring Over Change Orders

Change orders—we love them, and we hate them. Preparing a change order used to be enjoyable. The drawings were clear, the changes were clouded and we were allowed to make a profit. All we submitted was a lump-sum proposal, which was rarely questioned and never outright rejected.


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Power Floats: DBE Electric and Amaya 
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The world’s longest and widest floating bridge spans a portion of Highway 520 in Washington state, one of the busiest corridors in the Puget Sound region. The bridge stretches 1.4 miles across Lake Washington and measures 116 feet wide at its midpoint.


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Do Women Make Better Service Managers?

Rachel Hienz would have never expected the situation that was about to unfold as she entered a bank branch one morning. She was there for a pre-job walk-through with other representatives of companies that would soon begin renovations on the building.



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