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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. 

Since 1978, many politicians have won seats in Congress with a little help from NECA.

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Massachusetts is still recovering from a winter full of heavy snowstorms; however, thanks to a new major solar power project, sunlight will now never be far from the minds of the state’s residents.


The federal Miller Act has been around since the mid-1930s. You would think that, by now, all questions about its application would have been resolved by the courts. Unfortunately, hundreds of lawsuits remain that involve interpretations of the Miller Act.


As the electrical industry fully 
embraces the digital age, the needs of utilities and other large equipment users have been transformed. Their demands require a different form of testing to ensure new equipment can function in a highly sophisticated and rapidly changing environment.

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When Hertz Can Hurt
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The frequency stability of the interconnected electric grid in North America is a marvel of engineering. As shown in Figure 1, the deviation is rarely beyond 0.05 Hz from the nominal 60 Hz. In fact, during a given hour time period, this deviation is more like +/-0.02 Hz from the nominal value.

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EDS Has the Recipe for Success
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While working on the electrical installations at The Pampered Chef world headquarters and processing facility in Addison, Ill., the design/build staff of Electrical Design Systems Corporation (EDS) felt anything but pampered.

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Continuing Education for Estimators
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Summer is here, bringing plenty of distractions. Don’t get sidetracked, as this is the time to consider added training if you are an estimator. The hectic pace of change in our industry is virtually predictable.

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Giving Customers What They Want
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This year marks the 75th anniversary of Orlando, Fla.-based Hughes Supply, and Hughes is showing appreciation for its customers by partying at a series of celebrations across the country.

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Fire Alarm Follow-Through
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Because a fire alarm system installation falls in Division 16 of the project specifications for new buildings, the electrical contractor normally will purchase the equipment and install the system.

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Dirty Little Secrets
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Some of this column’s readers have sent comments and questions, and one of those prompts this month’s column regarding the earthwork on a project.

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Managing Lease Agreements
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Electrical contractors can obtain needed equipment by purchasing it, leasing it or renting it. Electrical contractors use each of these three equipment acquisition methods every day and each method has its advantages and disadvantages.

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