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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. 

From waves to wood chips to grass, the renewable energy era has been all about generating power from unlikely sources. A Washington, D.C., utility has taken this trend one step further and is harnessing power from sewage effluent.


Electrical contractors make rational financial decisions every day. They use historical data to develop the next budget and cost accounting to measure whether projects are hitting desired profit goals.

According to the Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA), 2015 was a “watershed year” for outdoor light-emitting diode (LED) lighting.


Started in St. Louis in 1953, PayneCrest Electric Co. Inc. is broadly diversified in electrical and communications installation work, which the company now takes on throughout the United States.

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No Bones About It

Affiliated with Emory University School of medicine and Emory University Hospital, Emory Healthcare in Atlanta boasts revenues in excess of $1 billion and a staff of some 8,400. It is one of the nation's leading healthcare systems and the largest in Georgia.


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Meandering Through the Thicket

Some time ago I was in an electrical contractor's office in Cincinnati. There was a framed letter in the president's office representing the company's first contract.


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E-Money, Cash Flow and Check 21 - Part 1

On Oct. 28, 2004, the Check Clearing for the 21st Century Act (passed on the same date in 2003) became effective.


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Not-So-Trivial Tax Trivia, Part 2

In part 1 of our exploration of the Internal Revenue Service Web site, we mentioned President Bush's fourth tax cut in four years, which extended three middle-class tax breaks and revived tax breaks for business. The Working Families Tax Relief Act of 2004 will affect some 94 million Americans.


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Understanding NFPA 72

NFPA's signaling standards date back to 1898. The 1993 edition of NFPA 72, National Fire Alarm Code was a consolidation of all of the fire alarm system-related installation standards published previously as separate documents.


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Factory and Warehouse Lighting: Thinking Inside the Box

To enhance lighting inside the big industral box, developers are hiring high-profile architects to design these warehouses and factories with a luxury look. Skylights, glass curtain walls, ornamental awnings and lush landscaping-for warehouses? Yes, it's happening from New York to California.


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Saying Goodbye

Astute, regular and faithful readers of ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR'S “Estimating” column may have noticed last month's entry wasn't written by long-time contributor Eric David.


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