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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 NECA Show is the biggest trade show and convention in electrical construction. Each year, more than 300 exhibitors and thousands of attendees come together in a different city to network, learn, and grow as individuals and businesses.

Many roofs were torn off when high winds from Hurricane Maria struck Puerto Rico. U.S. Air Force photo by A1C Nicholas Dutton

Hurricane Maria slammed into Puerto Rico on September 20, leaving the American commonwealth without communication or power and severe lack of food, water and gasoline. Hospitals are running on generators, with fuel dwindling. And without power, water can’t be pumped into homes and businesses.

Students, their parents and high school administrators are taking a second look at careers in the construction trades.

The construction labor shortage isn’t going away. In fact, it’s growing. In response, the value of a trade education also is rising. It’s beginning to change minds and attitudes.


Prior to 2017, the United States had never experienced two Category 4 hurricane landfalls in the same year. Hurricanes Harvey and Irma occurred within just two weeks of each other.

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Ameren Launches Major Solar Initiative in Illinois And Missouri

Ameren Corp. and its utility companies in Illinois and Missouri launched a major solar-energy initiative that will span both states. “At these sites, we will be able to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiencies of specific types of solar systems in this region,” said Thomas R.


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Report: Aging Workers at Higher Risk of Injury, Death

A report of conference presentations and discussions among participants from the National Academies of Science, universities and research institutions, and representatives of professional associations, industry and labor, recommends attending to workplace environments to maintain “work ability” as w


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Duke Energy Receives $22 Million Federal Grant for Wind-Power Storage

Duke Energy intends to match a $22 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to design, build and install large-scale batteries to store wind energy at one of its wind farms in Texas.


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Electric Vehicles Driving New Business for Contractors

It looks like electric vehicles may start arriving next year in sufficient numbers to create meaningful new business for electrical contractors. The EV Project, the largest deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in U.S. history, is spearheading it.


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Construction Unemployment Nears 20 Percent

Despite a slow down in the number of construction workers losing jobs in November, 19 percent of the nation’s construction workers are now unemployed, according to the Associated General Contractors of America.


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Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

When pundits offer statistics in support of their opinions, it is hard to know whether to trust the numbers; economics and finance are difficult enough to navigate without suspecting that someone with an agenda is deliberately misleading you.


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Give Me My Money Back

There is no way around it. The concept of revocation of acceptance is an odd one. If you pay for goods or services that turn out to be less than what you bargained for, your first thought might be to sue for damages for breach of contract.


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