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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. 

The nation’s energy sector is racing through a period of major transformation, and utilities are jumping on for the ride. According to a recent study, the U.S. electric power industry is investing billions of dollars in smarter energy infrastructure.

Have you noticed the lack of good product seminars from companies making electrical products for buildings and data centers? Companies need to go out to update electrical contractors, project managers and system designers on their products and new systems.

Many estimators start out as electricians, and a significant portion of those are most experienced in residential work. The purpose of this article is to help move these estimators along the path to commercial and industrial electrical estimating.

When I ran the family contracting business, we still employed some of the old guard from my father’s term as owner. It was clear that they considered their training complete when they received their journeyman credentials.

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Tip of the Iceberg

Imagine being given a credit card with a seemingly infinite limit, and you never have to pay a bill. That, essentially, is the scenario many data center managers have enjoyed for the last decade or more when it comes to electricity-use oversight.


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NTC Announces Free Training Webinar Wednesdays

National Training Center (NTC) has announced Webinar Wednesday, a free monthly training session, covering topics that are important to the low voltage industry. The class is open to everyone.


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BIM on ElectricTV.net

If you haven't heard, ElectricTV is a Web site that features video newscasts regarding the electrical industry. It is a joint production of NECA and IBEW, and it is currently in its sixth edition.


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Feeling Disconnected?

Regardless of size and type, disconnect switches are typically shown as the same, nondescript symbol. If you don’t find out and know everything you can about the disconnect switches you are estimating, you could be losing your company thousands of dollars and even a bid here and there.


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Out of Sight

At a recent training session in Washington, DC, we plugged a power quality monitor into a baseboard outlet to get data to illustrate the different parameters and characteristics of voltage and current waveforms.


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Does Your Labor Know How to Be Productive?

As an electrical contractor or a project manager, the million-dollar question is “How do I get the guys to be more productive?” How often do you ask yourself this question, and how often are you surprised that the labor does not think of solving job productivity issues in what seems to you the most


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DOE Completes Study on Pennsylvania Coal-to-Liquid Fuels Project

The first-of-its-kind coal-to-liquid fuel project planned for Pennsylvania took another significant step forward with the completion of the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) final environmental evaluation. The DOE published its “Final Envi-ronmental Impact Statement” (EIS) on Nov.


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