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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Expansions, updates and renovations are a necessity of modern life as buildings quickly become outdated.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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Interdepartmental Report on Energy Employment Shows Continued Job Growth, Lack of Skilled Labor

In January, the Department of Energy (DOE) released its second annual “U.S. Energy and Employment Report” (USEER).

World’s Largest Battery-Storage Project Proposed For Long Beach

A Southern California city known for its annual grand prix and its offshore oil derricks is now looking at an energy-storage project that will neither start cars nor run on fossil fuel.

Computer Cafe at the Play Place for Autistic Children
NECA And IBEW Help Play Place For Autistic Children Get On Its Feet

Play Place for Autistic Children, a 25,000–square foot facility in Sterling Heights, Mich., offers autistic kids and their families a safe, supportive environment to play, learn and socialize.

Duct Banks: Advanced Feeder Takeoff

I perform many takeoffs for industrial projects. One of the significant differences between commercial and industrial work is the feeders, which can account for more than 80 percent of the time needed to complete the takeoff.

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2017 Construction Outlook

In 2017, construction is expected to regain momentum after an underwhelming performance in 2016. Just don’t anticipate an economy running like a high-performance racer. It will remain more like the “gets you where you need to go” family vehicle.

$3.6 Billion Earmarked For Electric Project Loans

In late October, Tom Vilsack, U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is providing $3.6 billion in loans to fund 82 electric projects for rural electric utilities in 31 states.

Thinking Outside the Box: Creative Problem-Solving Can Save Money

I was recently reminded how important it is to be creative in today’s competitive bidding climate. One of my longtime clients called to let me know that the high-voltage switchgear at One Exchange Place in Jersey City, N.J., had finally been powered up.