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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. 

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.


Shortly before midnight on May 26, 2015, a New York subway train lost power on a section of tracks in Queens. It isn’t uncommon for trains to malfunction in such a way, but when service personnel arrived, they discovered hundreds of feet of copper cabling were missing.


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.


It stands to reason that, in a desert state such as Arizona, solar power would be something of a no-brainer. But in Arizona, the issue of harnessing one of the most plentiful and valuable resources has caused a controversy.


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Congressional Policy Rider Bans the Ban on Incandescent Lamps
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The incandescent “ban” has returned to the Congress floor. This time, Congress passed a $1.1 trillion funding bill that would keep the federal government operating until September 2015, but the bill carried various policy provisions that affect current and upcoming laws.

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Can't We All Just Get Along?
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I have been fortunate during my career to hold the positions of estimator and project manager, both separately and at the same time. This experience has given me perspective from both sides. Unfortunately, things were not always as harmonious as they should have been.

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Consulting The Professionals
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Retirement planning is complicated, with many risks and legal pitfalls. It is worth investing time and money with a financial adviser who specializes in retirement. A little preparation will help you get ready for your first meeting and result in a plan that fits your expectations and goals.


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Cool Tools: Insulation Testers
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Every home, business and industrial facility contains electrical wires that bring in and distribute power for lighting, heating and cooling systems; for computers and other equipment, such as motors and generators; and for multiple other purposes.

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Ideas That Work: Bag Organization, Bottling Blades and More
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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

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People Make the Difference
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Starting next month, the presidency of NECA—and this column—will be in the very capable hands of David Hardt, president of Hardt Electric in Chicago.

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Studies Differ On The Cost Of Solar Power
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Evaluating the cost-
effectiveness of renewable power has always been a fairly simple calculation. As manufacturers lowered their production costs and improved the generating efficiency of their technology, renewables became more cost competitive with conventional sources of power.


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