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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. 

Quality electrical contractors understand true success requires a combination of essential elements. That must include safety. More than 4,500 workers are killed on the job every year, according to the U.S. Department of Labor. Some of them, sadly, are in the construction industry.

The Joint Center for Energy Storage Research (JCESR), a division at Argonne National Laboratory that works closely with the U.S.

The ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR staff travels quite a bit. And thanks to modern technology, we can continue to work as a team on a magazine whether we’re in Bethesda, Md., or scattered in Memphis, Tenn., Las Vegas or Mexico.

Dramatic policy shifts are to be expected when new administrations step into the White House. This includes regulatory actions, which don’t require the president’s signature.

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New Material for Capturing Carbon Dioxide from Smokestacks

With current and future regulations on carbon dioxide emissions, electrical contractors who work in coal-fired plants may wonder how these requirements will affect their work. New research may point to solutions that will enable coal-fired plants to continue to operate with some modifications.


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Survey: U.S. Reactors Produce Record Power Generation

Global power generated by nuclear reactors fell about 3.6 percent in 2007 from the 2.8 billion megawatt-hours (MWh) recorded in 2006, according to data released by Nucleonics Week, a publication of Platts, a provider of energy and commodities information.


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NRC Issues Annual Assessments for Nations' Nuclear Plants

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has issued annual assessment letters to the United State’s 104 operating commercial nuclear power plants. All the plants continue to operate safely.


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Jumping to Conclusions

Though some rules can be overlooked without consequence, some are simply too important to not follow. Two rules, in particular, are at the fundamental analysis of all power systems: Ohm’s Law and Kirchoff’s Law.


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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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Recession Protection

During the past 10+ years, I’ve worked with contractors of all different shapes and sizes. With many of them—regardless of shape or size—I have witnessed a common, dangerously fatal reaction to the “we-got-work-now” situation.


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