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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. 

Nothing says you have arrived more than an endorsement by a Fortune 500 corporation. In the race to capture the hearts and minds of American consumers, renewable power has arguably reached critical mass. 


Energy storage has become a hot topic, vitalized by the need to address issues related to green electrical construction, smart grid initiatives and energy independence. You won’t hear about it on the news every day (not yet, anyway).

Before I get started, I want to let you know that the following is based on my experience with three software packages. While the basic concepts are the same for most software in this category, the specifics of how they work may be different.
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All the hype surrounding smart grid technology masks a painful reality: Change is often disruptive. While the evolution of digital technology in the energy sector hasn’t always been easy for consumers, it is equally challenging for utilities.


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Article 220-Branch Circuit, Feeder and Service Calculations, Part V
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220.19 Electric Ranges and Other Cooking Appliances Branch-circuit, feeder and service-load calculation provisions are in Article 220 of the National Electrical Code. While Part I is titled “General,” most of the first part pertains to branch-circuit calculations.

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Larry C. McCrae Inc. played an important role in Revitalizing Philadelphia
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As the first new residential high-rise apartment building constructed in Philadelphia for 15 years, the St. James was designed with the latest high-tech systems.

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Whole-Hog Asset Management
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Know when it’s time to sell ‘old bessie’ If you’re a typical electrical contractor, you’ve probably accumulated fixed assets as the business grew. Calculating ROA, or Return On Assets, will make you aware of just how fixed asset-heavy your company has become.

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Estimating the Cost of an Injury
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Hidden dangers lead to hidden costs Contractors don’t normally involve the estimating department in safety concerns except for those that affect the actual work of the estimator such as job site visits and the like.

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The Limits of FERCAiis Authority
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New utility business regulations could affect you Is electric transmission a natural monopoly or not? Does the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) have authority over states and utilities to order restructuring and regulation of transmission systems?

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Oregon Electric learns The Value of Surge Protection
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As a four-alarm fire raged through an old, vacant produce warehouse on Jan. 20, 2002, plumes of heavy black smoke filled the air in southeast Portland, Ore. Under spitting rain, 150 firefighters battled the blaze as it tossed large chunks of fiery debris onto streets as far as two blocks away.

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Standardizing the Standards
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A different kind of harmony The Stevie Wonder/Paul McCartney classic “Ebony and Ivory” asked why we can’t live together in harmony.

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