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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. 

According to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy.

In a time when competition and pricing pressure affect the electrical industry, it’s especially important to maintain and build your business by taking care of current customers.

A digital marketplace is changing the way electricity is produced, traded and consumed in Australia. Two pilot programs, each including about 5,000 households, will allow homeowners with solar panels and batteries to trade electricity in a digital marketplace—the first such network in the world.

Klein Tools infographic of survey results.

Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., released the results of their annual State of the Industry survey on April 17.

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Ceramic Membrane Technology May Clean up Power Stations

A research team led by Britain’s Newcastle University stated greenhouse gas emissions from power stations could be cut to almost zero by controlling the combustion process with tiny tubes made from an advanced ceramic material.


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According to Study, Customers Less Satisfied with Utilities

As electricity prices increase for a fifth consecutive year and many customers report experiencing an increase in the duration of power outages, overall customer satisfaction has fallen among residential customers served by the nation’s 76 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D.


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By the Bay

The last time NECA’s convention and trade show was held in San Francisco was 16 years ago, and those who haven’t visited since will notice many changes. Yet in many ways, the city by the bay remains the same.


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Mind Your P's & Q's

One of the expressions I remember hearing during my childhood was “Mind your P’s and Q’s.” When I would ask where that expression came from, it usually resulted in another popular expression, such as, “Don’t talk back to your elders.” With the benefit of the Internet, the answers are there, but the


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Think Risk

Even under optimal circumstances, it is difficult to control risk in the construction industry. Owners have certain advantages because they control the purse strings and often can obtain performance security in the form of surety bonds, letters of credit, guarantees or other protections.


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Lady or the Lion? Part 2

In my July 2007 article, I posed six problems and named the piece “Lady or the Lion?” The title comes from tales of King Arthur’s court, and it refers a knight who was given a choice between opening one of two doors.


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What Is Real?

IN“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, the Rabbit asks the Skin Horse, “What is Real?” A customer reminded me of this line when he asked a similar question in regard to the parameter watts used to measure electrical power.


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