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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. 

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In the United Kingdom, pregnant cows may now be better protected, thanks to sensors. A bright green sensor device strapped to a cow’s tail alerts farmers, through an Internet of Things (IoT) network, that the cow is close to giving birth.

We get so used to the term “substantial completion” that we may be surprised at what an odd concept it is (meaning “not quite done”) and why it is often litigated.


News coverage of the health insurance debate should serve as a reminder for electrical contractors that have not fully evaluated or updated their business insurance plan. At renewal time, it’s important to update coverage and implement a plan to meet out-of-pocket costs.


Photo from a Safety Stand-Down event hosted by Werner. Courtesy of Werner at www.wernerco.com/us.

From May 8 to May 12, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold its fourth annual National Safety Stand-Down, a program started in 2013 to “raise fall hazard awareness across the country in an effort to stop fall fatalities and injuries,” according to the OSHA website.

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Not Immune

The financial community probably exemplifies the digital economy more than any other indus-try.


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Out in the Boondocks

Generating electricity using wind, solar and geothermal technologies produces none of the greenhouse gases fossil fuel-based plants create and could help reduce our dependence on foreign oil and gas.


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Estimating Software Roundup

Well, it's that time of year again, where I bring the big estimating software dogies home for a checkup, to see what changes they have made while roaming wild out on the range. I have only three pages and four major systems to talk about. So let’s get this roundup started. Yee haw!


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Sweden Boasts World's First ZigBee City

The city of Goteborg, Sweden, plans deploy the NURI AiMiR Advanced Meter-reading Management (AMM) system to 270,000 homes, the world’s largest ZigBee network.


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Electricity Traveling Both Ways Across Texas/Mexico Border

According to the Dallas Morning News, power providers and regulators in Texas are taking steps to establish commercial exchanges of electricity with their Mexican counterparts.


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Oklahoma, Kansas Connect

Transmission took another step forward recently. The Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services announced its plans to construct the Oklahoma portion of a new 345-kV transmission line from north-central Oklahoma to a substation near Wichita, Kan.


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Utility Offers Green Option

Customers of NSTAR Electric, a Massachusetts electric utility, who want to support renewable energy and reduce their impact on the environment have a new option: NSTAR Green.


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