Your Business

 

 

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. 

In the quest for achieving greater energy efficiency, buildings have become a primary target, and building designers are jumping on the bandwagon.


The power generation environment is changing, and so are the systems used to transmit and store that resource. Microgrids are emerging as one of the key components in the new energy landscape.


Last month we talked about why bid listing laws are a good thing. In summary, general contractors use bid shopping to take profit from the subcontractors and keep those profits for themselves. Bid listing laws are a very effective way of stopping post-award bid shopping. 


Starting next month, the presidency of NECA—and this column—will be in the very capable hands of David Hardt, president of Hardt Electric in Chicago.

More on Your Business

 
The ABCs of PQ
| under

As commercial, industrial and educational facilities become more dependent on information technology (IT) equipment for performing the day-to-day tasks, the quality of electrical supply that powers these growing loads becomes more of a factor.

READ MORE
 
Securing New Jersey Schools with Grant Money
| under

On Oct. 31, 2002, a 15-year-old boy was shot in the stomach by another 15-year-old at Lincoln High School in Jersey City, N.J. The next day, another student was attacked blocks from campus. The incidents caused a community outcry, prompting calls for heightened security.

READ MORE
 
Working Safely - To de-energize or not?
| under

A presentation at the PQ World 2002 Conference in October re-enforced the need to continue to make the electrical workplace a safer place to work in. While it would be ideal, it’s not always possible to de-energize electrical systems before working on them.

READ MORE
 
Regulations, Interpretations and Tribulations
| under

In the many articles I have written about safety and health, I have unthinkingly referred to a number of documents, such as the Occupational Safety and Health (OSH) Act, Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Interpretations, etc.

READ MORE
 
Unique Contractor Grows In Many Directions
| under

It’s hard to explain what enabled Sullivan & McLaughlin (Boston) to surge from $2 million annual sales in 1991 to $50 million and growing. It can be summed up this way. The people who run the company like each other and their employees; their employees trust them and like them back.

READ MORE
 
Plans for IAEI Diamond Jubilee Under Way
by Staff |
| under

International Association of Electrical Inspectors is now making final preparations for its 75th Diamond Jubilee Anniversary. The celebration will be held in Disney World, near Orlando, Florida, Sept. 7 - 13, 2003.

READ MORE
 
Caterpillar and FuelCell Energy to Win First Contract
by Staff |
| under

Caterpillar Inc. and FuelCell Energy, Inc. are expected to win a contract to install one of the nation's first advanced utility-scale fuel cell power plants designed to feed power from a substation into a local electric distribution system.

READ MORE

Pages