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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. 

After a series of net-neutrality victories for the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in federal court, the agency was handed a significant defeat on Wednesday in the battle for municipal broadband networks.

In this era when renewable power enjoys tremendous popularity, not all proposals are a slam dunk. Leaders sometimes have to take a stand to help get controversial projects over the hump. In June, Missouri Gov.

Each year, ELECTRI International makes Early Career Research Awards available to individuals in universities and research institutions.

In the pursuit of energy efficiency, buildings are a major target. Commercial buildings in particular represent some of the biggest energy users. A new survey by the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) shows that energy use in this sector is declining.


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What if You Find a Mistake ...

We all make mistakes. After all, we are human, aren’t we? Flesh and blood, instinct and intellect—we can’t be just computer chips and software, calculators and ScaleMasters. Yes, estimators are only human, and we make mistakes. But don’t tell your boss; that is, unless you actually make a mistake.


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When Worlds Collide

I have a friend who is a mid-sized electrical contractor. His work is evenly split between commercial and residential, with contracts ranging in value up to a few hundred thousand dollars.


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ESOP's Advantages

Last month, we introduced the concept of the Employee Stock Ownership Plan (ESOP). This month, we’ll look at the potential advantages to your company of establishing an ESOP, including positive effects on employee morale, company finances and bonding relationships.


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House of Cardinals: Cannon & Wendt

It was a cold Fourth of July in Iowa nearly 60 years ago that prompted a young World War II vet to make a decision that has culminated in a highly successful electrical contracting business today—in a place where a cold July 4 rarely, if ever, occurs.


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Are Your Estimators Bored?

Estimating can get boring. Count, count, count—highlight all the little symbols, color all the lines red, enter the counts into the computer. Clicking the days away, one job at a time. It is nobody’s fault—any job can become tedious.


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All Lanes Clear

Wellington Power Corp., a Pittsburgh-based electrical contractor, is helping to relieve one of the worst bottlenecks in the United States by electrifying the world’s largest drawbridge.


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Still Number One

Since the first power quality monitor was introduced by Dranetz Engineering Laboratories in 1975, there have been a lot of changes in the instruments that monitor electric distribution systems and the loads powered from the distribution systems within a facility or substation.


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