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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. 

In August 2014, the U.S. Congress asked that the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) provide an analysis of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed Clean Power Plan. It would require states to develop methods to reduce carbon dioxide (CO2) emission rates.

Once upon a time, owners hired an architect to draw up plans for a building and put the design out to bid, but that method is rapidly changing. Such design/bid/build (DBB) arrangements still may make up the majority of today’s project contracts, but just barely.

In May, Alan Steel, CEO of the New York Convention Center Operating Corp.

“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is success.” When automaker Henry Ford said these words, he could have been describing the intended outcome of collaborating on construction projects.

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Tips of the Trade (Show)
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L.A.'s New Landmarks
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Los Angeles has two new landmarks, dramatic additions to a town replete with drama. Both are designed by PritzkerPrize-winning architects: Walt Disney Concert Hall by Los Angeles-based Frank O. Gehry and the Cathedral of Our Lady of Angels by Spain’s Jose Rafael Moneo.

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The Ultimate Trade Show Booth
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Morrow Meadows Corp. Knocks One Out of the Park
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Sage Electric Proves a Wise Choice for Library Project
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In its May 2004 issue, Reader’s Digest listed the Cerritos Library as the Best Public Library in the United States, saying, “It is inside that things get really revolutionary … No musty bookshelves … Roving librarians use wireless headsets and handheld computers.

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