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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. 

For roughly a century, electrical contractors (ECs) have used copper or aluminum wiring. Their coexistence at times has been competitive. The nature of the application and, in some cases, price have dictated the choice between the metals. 


Solar power alone won’t solve America’s energy woes. Thousands of acres of wind farms won’t get the job done either. In fact, there is not one single way to guarantee we’ll have sufficient energy now and in the future.


Having successfully completed a series of good-sized service jobs for a company he described as a great customer, a prominent electrical contractor (who wishes to remain anonymous) was making a routine visit to the company’s main office for what he fondly refers to as a “customer care call.” This ti

Despite growing popularity, renewables still face challenges. The list includes such hurdles as high installation costs and intermittency. Taxes will make the costs even higher.


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In a slightly different twist on the meaning of “wireless,” residents of one Southern California community are getting their wish as the local power provider rips out above-ground transmission lines and moves them underground.


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The Grid Within The Grid
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Microgrids are providing exciting opportunities for electrical contractors. The microgrid was conceived to provide a reliable energy supply to remote geographical locations where it is not economical to extend traditional electric utilities.

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Lighting Industry Evolving

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In October, the National Electrical Manufacturer’s Association (NEMA) continued its lighting product monitoring, revealing some interesting results that confirm change is occurring at the lamp level in the lighting industry.


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Coast Products' 309-lumen HL27 LED headlamp has an expandable Z cord in the headband with a battery pack built into the light.
Cool Tools: Gadgets
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Who doesn’t like gadgets? The idea for this report began with the premise that electricians often find simple tools or devices—gadgets—not directly related to tasks at hand that can be helpful in getting work done quickly and efficiently. 


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World's Largest Wind Turbine Coming To The Shores Of Scotland

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While renewables’ overall contribution to worldwide energy production may still be relatively small compared to traditional sources of power, they have generated no small amount of buzz and hype by always managing to outsize themselves with some newer, bigger and better model that sets the standard

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Getting Renewable Energy To The Grid

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As the nation continues to embrace alternative energy sources, the challenge of distribution becomes more pronounced. Utilities, providers, transmission operators and manufacturers need to find an efficient and reliable way to get all that new power to the grid.


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Adding More Local Wind Power Does Not Affect Property Values

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More Americans are installing wind turbines near their homes, farms and businesses to generate their own energy, concludes a report by the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

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