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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 1978, President Jimmy Carter issued an amended executive order that, within four years, required tradeswomen to perform at least 6.9 percent of the labor hours on construction projects.

The beginning of every year brings a range of challenging opportunities for the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the industry we do our best to represent.

In the wake of President Donald Trump’s inauguration, there remains a great deal of uncertainty regarding the future of many federal government agencies and departments.

In recent years, efficiency has become one of the primary drivers toward a sustainable energy economy and reduced carbon emissions.

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Success Story

It's not difficult to find examples of transmission-planning projects gone awry. From Southern California to Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, electric utilities face heavy opposition to their plans to boost transmission capacity.


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Light the Way

Today, there is a push to save energy and, therefore, money. One of the largest users of energy in a commercial building is its lighting system, which Darlene Bremer discusses in this month’s Energy Management column on page 86.


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McCormick User's Conference Set

McCormick Systems User’s Conference is set for April 2-5 in Tempe, Ariz. The event brings dozens of contractors and estimators together to talk with each other, speak with McCormick staff, and listen to presentations. Two full days of educational sessions are scheduled.


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Utility Awarded for Storm Response

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) honored Ameren Corp. as a winner of the association’s Emergency Recovery Award for outstanding efforts to restore electric power in the wake of two severe ice storms during the space of six weeks in late 2006 and early 2007.


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Good and Evil

As a sequel to the discussion of adjustable speed drives (ASDs) in last month’s column, it seems appropriate to show how ASDs are a classic example of the often-quoted line from IEEE 1100 (also known as the Emerald Book).


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When the GC's Acceptance Is a Rejection

Waiver and estoppel are two different equitable concepts that lead to the same result. With waiver, a person’s actions result in the loss (a waiver) of a right. With estoppel, the right continues to exist, but it cannot be used. In both instances, the law is trying to do what is fair.


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Recession Protection

During the past 10+ years, I’ve worked with contractors of all different shapes and sizes. With many of them—regardless of shape or size—I have witnessed a common, dangerously fatal reaction to the “we-got-work-now” situation.


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