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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. 

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.

According to new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

As part of my law practice­­, I regularly review recent decisions from state and federal courts around the country on construction law issues. For the most part, these court rulings do not contain surprises, except for the many and varied ways in which contractors can get into trouble.

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Smart Tools for the Smart Grid

Information is becoming an increasingly important commodity for electric utilities. Greater knowledge of transmission and distribution line conditions and customer-use patterns will advance the grid.

Data Breakdown

Recently, I needed to dig up a paper I wrote more than a decade ago for a conference in the United Kingdom. Part of the paper was devoted to expert systems that were beginning to gain momentum as a possible way to solve power quality problems, rather than just provide more data or information.

Recharging the Industry: On the Road

Contractor: Bruce & Merrilees, New Castle, Pa. Project 1: A design/build American Recovery and Reinvestment Act intelligent transportation systems (ITS) project for the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (Penndot) Bucks County, I-95

Resorting to Less

Much of the renewed focus on energy conservation and going green has been on what to do at home and in the workplace. But how about the places where people go to relax and play—resorts and other vacations spots? Are they becoming more green?

And in the End ...

My past two columns covered monitoring from the service entrance and down into the facility to record what happened and to determine what caused it. At last, we get down to probably the most important aspect: monitoring at a load to determine why it is not operating properly.

Coming in for a Landing

Chicago O'Hare International Airport has been expanding its runway system and installing a new airfield lighting system, a new electric lighting vault and a lighting control sys-tem that provides and regulates power for runway and taxiway lighting throughout the airport. Divane Bros.

Ameren Cos. Providing Power Outage Data Over Handheld Devices

Ameren Cos.. in Illinois and Missouri are among the first electric utility companies in the nation to offer power outage information on mobile devices. Called, it is available to Ameren’s 2.4 million electricity customers in Illinois and Missouri.