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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 ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR staff travels quite a bit. And thanks to modern technology, we can continue to work as a team on a magazine whether we’re in Bethesda, Md., or scattered in Memphis, Tenn., Las Vegas or Mexico.

Dramatic policy shifts are to be expected when new administrations step into the White House. This includes regulatory actions, which don’t require the president’s signature.

Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

According to the New York City Council website, on March 21, Mayor Bill de Blasio enacted Introduction 247-A, a bill which amends the New York City administrative code to increase the civil and criminal penalties for performing electrical work without a license.

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PQ Comes in Twos

The acronym “PQ” most often is associated with power quality, but some people use it to represent power quantity. The latter is more commonly referred to in today’s technical community as energy management. The commonality between the two is further seen in the instruments used to measure such.


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Spread the Word

As you well know, contractors no longer merely dropwire into a facility and call it a day. They have become the primary provider of all things related to electricity, power, communications, security and countless other systems-related work.


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Keep the Lights On

With building green comes the ongoing task of maintaining a green building. The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania was an early proponent of building green, and it remains an influence on the movement today.


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Power Line Reconstruction to Begin This Summer in Kentucky

Kentucky Utilities, the Lexington-based power provider, will embark on a much-needed upgrade to its high-voltage transmission lines this summer. The project will involve more than four miles of lines running between two substations, one in southeast and one in east Lexington.


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Transforming Today's Transformers

Beginning in 2009 or 2010, electrical contractors are likely to see a new breed of higher-efficiency liquid-filled distribution transformers hitting the market, thanks to new standards expected to be announced by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in September.


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Figuring in Tools and Equipment

I have seen it done many different ways; I have heard twice as many opinions. Sometimes it’s a specific dollar amount entry or a small percentage value; sometimes nothing at all.


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Forgotten But Not Gone

Among the responsibilities of numerous working groups and task forces of the Power Quality Subcommittee under the auspices of the Transmission and Distribution Committee of the Power Engineering Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (or more simply, the IEEE PES T&D PQ


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