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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. 

Anyone can make a difference by installing solar panels, buying an electric car or changing out those old power-guzzling incandescent lamps. However, the so-called tipping point often rests on the shoulders of corporate America.

Branding your company—from vehicles to interior designs—is well-served by a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”

With a mix of job smarts, business savvy, grit and grace, an increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Change orders—we love them, and we hate them. Preparing a change order used to be enjoyable. The drawings were clear, the changes were clouded and we were allowed to make a profit. All we submitted was a lump-sum proposal, which was rarely questioned and never outright rejected.

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Saving the Labor

I have been told there is a coming storm in the electrical construction industry of which the impact will be felt far into the future. It’s the loss of our trained labor force.


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Mind the GAAP

You may know accountants follow generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP), but you may not know how the GAAP evolved.


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PG&E Uses Cow Power

Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E) announced that the California Public Utilities Commission has approved its gas purchase agreement with Microgy Inc. to deliver up to 8,000 cubic feet of pipeline-quality renewable natural gas daily.


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Progress Energy Expands Solar Energy

Progress Energy Florida announced a program that will continue to expand the company’s use of renewable energy sources. The SolarWise for Schools program advances the use of renewable energy through the installation of solar energy systems at schools throughout the utility’s service territory.


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Pass & Seymour/Legrand Files Patent Infringement Complaints

Pass & Seymour/Legrand (P&S) filed a complaint on Aug. 16, 2007, with the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) concerning ground-fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs). The complaint alleges infringement of six U.S.


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According to Study, Customers Less Satisfied with Utilities

As electricity prices increase for a fifth consecutive year and many customers report experiencing an increase in the duration of power outages, overall customer satisfaction has fallen among residential customers served by the nation’s 76 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D.


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By the Bay

The last time NECA’s convention and trade show was held in San Francisco was 16 years ago, and those who haven’t visited since will notice many changes. Yet in many ways, the city by the bay remains the same.


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