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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. 

Renewable power still requires government support to challenge fossil fuels. Policies can help lower prices, increase supply and generate more demand.

According to an employment report, released by the U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics on August 4, the construction industry added 6,000 new positions (seasonally adjusted) in July.

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) is investing $7.5 million to improve the reliability and resiliency of the electric grid, according to a June press release.

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Ameren Cos. Providing Power Outage Data Over Handheld Devices

Ameren Cos.. in Illinois and Missouri are among the first electric utility companies in the nation to offer power outage information on mobile devices. Called, it is available to Ameren’s 2.4 million electricity customers in Illinois and Missouri.

ComEd Works With Authorities on Electricity Theft Case

ComEd is on a campaign against stealing electricity and issued a reminder about the public-safety risks associated with the illegal act. So far, the campaign has led to the arrest and conviction of a Wilmington, Ill., man who was charged with violation of the Illinois Public Utility Act.

Recharging the Industry: On the Road

Contractor: Bruce & Merrilees, New Castle, Pa. Project 1: A design/build American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penndot) Bucks County, I-95

Resorting to Less

Much of the renewed focus on energy conservation and going green has been on what to do at home and in the workplace. But how about the places where people go to relax and play—resorts and other vacations spots? Are they becoming more green?

And in the End ...

My past two columns covered monitoring from the service entrance and down into the facility to record what happened and to determine what caused it. At last, we get down to probably the most important aspect: monitoring at a load to determine why it is not operating properly.

Coming in for a Landing

Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been expanding its runway system and installing a new airfield lighting system, a new electric lighting vault and a lighting control sys-tem that provides and regulates power for runway and taxiway lighting throughout the airport. Divane Bros.

ASU Installs LED Lighting in Parking Structures

Arizona State University (ASU) retrofitted six parking structures on the Tempe campus with new light-emitting diode (LED) fixtures.