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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. 

A new report by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) shows that investor-owned electric utilities continue to make significant investments to build needed and beneficial transmission infrastructure. The report finds that EEI members’ total transmission investment in 2012 reached $14.8 billion.

The changing role of technology


The United States’ 114 million households and more than 4.7 million commercial buildings currently account for nearly 40 percent of total U.S. energy use, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). In addition, buildings account for 39 percent of U.S.

As in any industry, the landscape of utilities is always changing. Part of this dynamic is fueled by the need for big companies to strengthen their positions and maximize profits. Those same motives fueled a recent acquisition that produced a new giant among the nation’s electric utilities.


Gardner Bender's Ultra Brutus 10,000-pound cable puller

It is difficult to imagine wiring a large commercial project without using an electrically powered cable puller. 


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Regulations, Interpretations and Tribulations
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In the many articles I have written about safety and health, I have unthinkingly referred to a number of documents, such as the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Interpretations, etc.

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