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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. 

In July, the National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee (NJATC) for the electrical industry announced a name change to the Electrical Training Alliance (ETA).

Though PDE Total Energy Solutions isn’t currently in the financing business, CEO Shelley Keltner suspects the nearly 25-year-old, Sante Fe Springs, Calif.-based contractor may be soon. 


“Today we are building better houses than we ever built before, and part of that component is that we air-seal the houses. It’s the best thing you can do for an occupant, energy-wise, because the cost of heating is reduced considerably, and a house is easier to cool.

Researchers could one day turn the smelly gases from landfills, like this one in Niteroi, Brazil, into clean hydrogen fuel.

While the debate over climate change rages, we can all agree that methane gas is stinky, and anyone who’s been to a landfill can confirm the presence of the gas.

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