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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. 

Bayview Bridge - Courtesy of Falls Communication

From Quincy, Illinois, the Bayview Bridge carries westbound U.S. Highway 24 traffic over the Mississippi River, connecting to West Quincy, Missouri. The 4,507-foot bridge runs parallel to the Quincy Soldier's Memorial Bridge, which takes eastbound U.S. 24 traffic over the river into Quincy.

Last month, I offered some ideas for making your company more ecofriendly by using the three R’s—reducing, reusing and recycling—in your daily operations.

I begin this month’s column with an acknowledgement that should come as no surprise: I’ve learned a lot over the years that I have been involved with NECA and especially during the years I have been its president. One important lesson: There is often more to something than meets the eye.


Electrical contractors have volunteered and donated to charitable organizations and other causes for decades. In more recent years, contractors have embraced giving at a personal level. O’Connell Electric Co.


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The Butterfly Effect

There is an expression: "You cannot change just one thing.” This aphorism makes logical sense, particularly with regard to change orders in a construction project.


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Utility Works on Energy Management Abilities

The Maryland Public Commission (PSC), along with utility regulators from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and a coalition of electricity buyers and consumer advocates, filed a complaint with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC), challenging the imposition of capacity payments for the pe


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NSTAR Gets State Approval to Offer Green Power to Customers

The Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities (DPU) has approved NSTAR Green, a program that gives customers the option to purchase clean electricity and reduce their impact on the environment.


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Estimating Feeders

You probably wouldn't believe me if I told you feeders are one of the easier systems to estimate. I don’t blame you. Staring at a single-line riser diagram can be daunting. But estimating feeders is simply a matter of determining the distance between two points.


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A Prototype for Future Homebuilding Developed

The builders of tomorrow's homes are addressing a whole new reality: To be truly durable and sustainable, houses should be able to adapt to homeowners’ needs over time. Moreover, this adaptability must be achieved with minimal impact to the environment.


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New Course Teaches Technicians to Find and Solve PQ Problems

Fluke Corporation has collaborated with American Trainco to offer a professional training opportunity important for anyone responsible for electrical system installation, maintenance and troubleshooting in commercial and industrial facilities.


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A Touch of Silver

Though not known as one who dwells in the past or the "good ol' days" mentality, this column happens to mark the silver anniversary of my contributions to Electrical Contractor.


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