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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. 

For roughly a century, electrical contractors (ECs) have used copper or aluminum wiring. Their coexistence at times has been competitive. The nature of the application and, in some cases, price have dictated the choice between the metals. 


Solar power alone won’t solve America’s energy woes. Thousands of acres of wind farms won’t get the job done either. In fact, there is not one single way to guarantee we’ll have sufficient energy now and in the future.


Having successfully completed a series of good-sized service jobs for a company he described as a great customer, a prominent electrical contractor (who wishes to remain anonymous) was making a routine visit to the company’s main office for what he fondly refers to as a “customer care call.” This ti

Despite growing popularity, renewables still face challenges. The list includes such hurdles as high installation costs and intermittency. Taxes will make the costs even higher.


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Bethesda, Md., Nov. 1, 200'–ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine was recognized by the magazine publishing industry for its coveted Silver Award in the Best Redesign (B-to-B over 35,000 circulation) category.

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Top Distributors Endorse Industry Data Warehouse Pricing
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The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) released an open letter to the electrical industry urging all electrical manufacturers to begin providing and maintaining accurate and timely pricing data through the Industry Data Warehouse (IDW).

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Government Advisory Board Encourages Deregulation
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Experiences in California and Texas notwithstanding, some members of the energy community are holding fast to their belief in a competitive, deregulated energy market. The Energy Advisory Board (EAB), appointed last year by U.S.

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Six Sigma and Contractors
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A lot of marketing babble surrounds General Electric's Six Sigma process. When the delivery team needs a glossary as a handout, you know it'll take a while to figure how Six Sigma might help you. In this case, the effort might be worth it.

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Functionality Is Key In Systems Integration
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Complete system integration is critical for a successful company to operate properly. Each business application must be able to work together simultaneously or valuable data will be lost.

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Trends in Buying and Leasing
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An electrical contracting company is worthless on a job site without the proper people and the right tools. Equipping skilled employees with the appropriate tools and equipment at the right time is the difference between profits and disaster.

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Design-Build Strategies
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Using design-build as a project delivery method allows the electrical contractor to provide early input into the construction process and gives the contractor more influence over what product types and brands go into a project.

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