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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. 

Research conducted by the Institute for Work & Health (IWH) has convinced the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that more expensive fines for workplace-safety violations are likely to send stronger messages to employers to improve workplace-safety efforts.


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The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will issue several new final rules in early 2016, according to a November article in The National Law Review.

At the 2015 NECA Show in San Francisco, a panel of judges representing different industry disciplines selected 23 Showstopper Award winners from 188 entries displayed in the Showstopper Showcase area. Judging was completed prior to the exhibition hall’s opening on the first day of the show.

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EV Charging Stations Ready To Expand

Every new industry presents several indicators for growth. In the case of electric vehicles (EVs), one barometer is the market for charging equipment. According to a recent report, that market is about to see rapid growth on a global scale.

Study: Lighting Tops Commercial Energy-Efficiency Upgrades

Lighting is a mainstay of electrical construction. The U.S. Energy Information Administration estimates that lighting accounts for 15 percent of the total electricity consumed in the residential and commercial sectors.

Walmart: A Sign Of Things To Come For Renewable-Power Installations?

Work associated with the installation of renewable-energy sources—especially solar, wind and battery storage—is expected to explode for electrical contractors. Recent announcements by Walmart may serve as a model for what is to come.

Big Cities Are Energy Innovators

When it comes to transformative change in society, government is often the catalyst. The transition to a more energy-efficient landscape is no exception. According to a new ranking of energy innovation, America’s biggest cities are leading the way.

New York State Investing In New Energy-Storage Technology

From solar power to electric vehicles, from building efficiency to biomass, the energy industry is blessed with an abundance of innovative technologies that are transforming how we generate and consume electricity.

The 21st Century Energy Workforce Act

In May 2015, Sen. Maria Cantwell, D-Wash., introduced “The 21st Century Energy Workforce Act” in the Senate. The proposed bill is designed to accomplish two things.

Relighting Ancient Rome

The relighting of the ancient Imperial Forums of the City of Rome took place in April 2015, the result of the work of Vittorio Storaro, a lighting designer and Oscar-winning cinematographer, and his daughter, Francesca Storaro, a well-known architect and lighting designer.