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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. 

map of the City Yards Project area

The City of Santa Monica, Calif., recently received a $1.5 million grant to plan and design a microgrid that will incorporate renewable energy (including solar), combined heat and power, small-scale waste-to-energy, energy storage and electric vehicle charging.

The old days

You just spent a lot of time taking off a set of drawings and more time entering the takeoff into your estimating system. Now you can relax, wait for the quotes to come in, send your final price to the general contractors and win the job. Right? I don’t think so.

So what is all the buzz about drones? The buzz could be the drone itself, which can sound like a swarm of bees flying overhead. However, the media buzz is more about drones delivering pizza or your latest online order directly to your doorstep.

Today, electrical systems and lighting technology are in a constant state of development. However, the big companies aren’t always responsible for the brightest ideas. Sometimes, the independent inventors who work in the trade create the products that advance existing technology. Curious? Proceed.

More on Your Business

Pepco Improving Service Reliability

In an effort to improve reliability, Pepco, the utility serving Maryland and Washington, DC, has two construction projects in progress that will help maintain the supply of electricity for its customers.

Multifaceted Problem Demands Multipronged Solutions

NECA has been developing and participating in work force recruiting, training and retention efforts for more than 60 years to meet demands for skilled electrical workers.

Taking Away Surety's Defenses

Learn from sample case: A recent case translated to a series of decisions in favor of our client, and it may be helpful to electrical subcontractors raising payment bond claims; the case showed issue types that often appear in litigation and can dramatically impact whether you recover and what your

Technology Plans for K-12 and Up

Blueprints for security and much more: E-Rate, the Universal Service Fund-sponsored program (also based on the school lunch program), provides much-needed support for cash-strapped schools, school districts and libraries in the form of providing cash-back discounts for eligible technology purchases.

PQ Alphabet Soup

From A to Z, power quality in the education market takes on added importance:

Pricing for Profit - Part 3

Planning and philosophy: In the first two parts of this series, we looked at the components of profit calculations, including markup and margin, break-even and contribution; no formula or calculation takes the place of strategic thinking, so the underlying foundation for profitable business is the p