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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. 

As the nation's electricity generation and transmission infrastructure undergoes profound changes, the federal government is taking steps to ensure that the system remains reliable, resilient and affordable for many years to come.

Milwaukee Tool’s  AX reciprocating saw  blade with carbide teeth

Driven by lithium-ion battery power, the cordless tool revolution has focused on advances in tool designs and broadening the selection of cordless tools available.


Bayview Bridge - Courtesy of Falls Communication

From Quincy, Illinois, the Bayview Bridge carries westbound U.S. Highway 24 traffic over the Mississippi River, connecting to West Quincy, Missouri. The 4,507-foot bridge runs parallel to the Quincy Soldier's Memorial Bridge, which takes eastbound U.S. 24 traffic over the river into Quincy.

Last month, I offered some ideas for making your company more ecofriendly by using the three R’s—reducing, reusing and recycling—in your daily operations.

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Breaking out the Big Guns

Last month, we covered the processes of site power quality (PQ) benchmark or compliance audits and facilitywide energy surveys.


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Obama Administration Delivers More than $453 Million for Weatherization Programs in 15 States

US Department of Energy (DOE) Secretary Steven Chu announced that the DOE is providing more than $453 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (aka the economic stimulus bill) funding to expand weatherization assistance programs in 15 states.


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Think About It

There was a sign at my college job: “Engage brain before opening mouth,” which is similar to what my parents would often say: “Think before you speak.” The same basic concept applies before you take a power quality monitor into the field, connect it up and collect gigabytes of data.


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Money in the Bank

Most facilities have a hidden source of cash within their walls. People working in the energy-reduction field know that usually at least a 10 percent savings in energy can be achieved with a payback measured in less than two years, and often right in next month’s utility bill.


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Rust on the Crown

The phrase, "The king can do no wrong," may sound quaint today. It means a citizen cannot sue the sovereign, even if the king is wrong. This is called sovereign immunity. In American legal parlance, the sovereign is the government.


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Is the Government Hear to Help?

In the first column of this three-part series, I discussed the relative value of money. Last month, we looked at the effects of changes in value, such as inflation and deflation. Now, let’s look at how the government attempts to manipulate the economy.


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McCormick Systems Donates $100,000 to ELECTRI International

McCormick Systems, Chandler, Arizona, recently presented a check for $100,000 to ELECTRI International—The Foundation for Electrical Construction. “We have been involved with ELECTRI International for many years.


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