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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. 

The holiday giving season is here, and the news stories about pay-to-play corruption and uncertainty surrounding how tax law changes will affect business deductions have made the process an ethical slippery slope.
 Gift or bribe?


Despite bipartisan requests from members of Congress and 19 state attorneys general to delay, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) held its vote on December 14 to repeal its net neutrality rules, and as expected, it passed with a vote of 3–2.

Training session at Flir's Infrared Training Center

Advances in thermal imagers are affecting the way electricians monitor the operation of electrical systems.

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.

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The Not-So-Dumb Grid

With all this talk about the coming of the smart grid, it seems like a good idea to review what currently delivers the electrons to your door.


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2010 Construction Outlook: A Slow Climb From Rock Bottom

Leading construction experts and economists agree that the economy is emerging from its deepest and longest financial crisis since the Great Depression. Even with a modest boost from government stimulus dollars, it will be a very slow crawl out of recession and into recovery.


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Pepco Energy to Green Camden Yards, Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium

Pepco Energy Services, a subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc., a utility for the mid-Atlantic region, was selected by the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to implement a $9 million comprehensive energy-efficiency contract at Camden Yards, Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore.


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Ameren Launches Major Solar Initiative in Illinois And Missouri

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Report: Aging Workers at Higher Risk of Injury, Death

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