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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. 

The Sisters in Solidarity (SIS) group of IBEW Local No. 292, Minneapolis, was formed in 2013. SIS is a mentoring and support group for women electricians that focuses on developing leadership in its community and union.

Each year, the Associated Schools of Construction (ASC) holds a number of national competitions that allow college students from around the nation in construction and construction-related trades to experience what it is like to work in the industry.

Anyone can make a difference by installing solar panels, buying an electric car or changing out those old power-guzzling incandescent lamps. However, the so-called tipping point often rests on the shoulders of corporate America.

Branding your company—from vehicles to interior designs—is well-served by a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”

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In Praise of the Bar Chart

Einstein's fame rests, in part, on his discovery that time is a variable dimension. Contractors have always known this fact.


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Defending Against the Big Bang

Though not the most common power quality disturbance in most locations, the transient, or rather, the source of the transient, can be one of the loudest.


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Watching out for Your Guys

Last month, we discussed safety and recognized that it is of fundamental importance to the electrical supervisor. The supervisor is at the heart of any job safety program.


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Efficiency and Productivity

Managing a profitable electrical contracting business demands a high level of efficiency and productivity. You push your office staff members and field employees to use their time wisely, but how well are you using financial information to gauge the results?


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FPL Cites Human Error as Cause of Florida Blackout

FPL Group's utility Florida Power & Light Company said preliminary results of the investigation into the four-hour blackout on February 26, 2008, indicated human error was the primary cause.


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New Material for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Smokestacks

With current and future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, electrical contractors who work in coal-fired plants may wonder how these requirements will affect their work. New research may point to solutions that will enable coal-fired plants to continue to operate with some modifications.


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Survey: U.S. Reactors Produce Record Power Generation

Global power generated by nuclear reactors fell about 3.6 percent in 2007 from the 2.8 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) recorded in 2006, according to data released by Nucleonics Week, a publication of Platts, a provider of energy and commodities information.


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