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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. 

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), facility managers in New York City who benchmark the energy use of their buildings are also more likely to invest in energy-saving technologies.

According to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy.

A digital marketplace is changing the way electricity is produced, traded and consumed in Australia. Two pilot programs, each including about 5,000 households, will allow homeowners with solar panels and batteries to trade electricity in a digital marketplace—the first such network in the world.

In January, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that several of its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supported technologies won awards in R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards, which the DOE called the “Oscars of Innovation.” A number of these technologies concern ele

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Managing Meetings

Last month, I offered some tips on reducing the cost of remote communication, such as letters, e-mails and telephone calls. Meetings are another source of inflated communication costs. Make a list of all meetings you held last year.


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It's not difficult to find examples of transmission-planning projects gone awry. From Southern California to Wisconsin to Pennsylvania, electric utilities face heavy opposition to their plans to boost transmission capacity.


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Light the Way

Today, there is a push to save energy and, therefore, money. One of the largest users of energy in a commercial building is its lighting system, which Darlene Bremer discusses in this month’s Energy Management column on page 86.


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McCormick User's Conference Set

McCormick Systems User’s Conference is set for April 2-5 in Tempe, Ariz. The event brings dozens of contractors and estimators together to talk with each other, speak with McCormick staff, and listen to presentations. Two full days of educational sessions are scheduled.


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Utility Awarded for Storm Response

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) honored Ameren Corp. as a winner of the association’s Emergency Recovery Award for outstanding efforts to restore electric power in the wake of two severe ice storms during the space of six weeks in late 2006 and early 2007.


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Good and Evil

As a sequel to the discussion of adjustable speed drives (ASDs) in last month’s column, it seems appropriate to show how ASDs are a classic example of the often-quoted line from IEEE 1100 (also known as the Emerald Book).


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When the GC's Acceptance Is a Rejection

Waiver and estoppel are two different equitable concepts that lead to the same result. With waiver, a person’s actions result in the loss (a waiver) of a right. With estoppel, the right continues to exist, but it cannot be used. In both instances, the law is trying to do what is fair.


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