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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. 

According to a 2016 survey conducted by the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), facility managers in New York City who benchmark the energy use of their buildings are also more likely to invest in energy-saving technologies.

According to research from the Cockrell School of Engineering at the University of Texas, Austin, homes with solar panels do not require on-site storage to reap the economic and environmental benefits of solar energy.

A digital marketplace is changing the way electricity is produced, traded and consumed in Australia. Two pilot programs, each including about 5,000 households, will allow homeowners with solar panels and batteries to trade electricity in a digital marketplace—the first such network in the world.

In January, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) announced that several of its Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy (EERE) supported technologies won awards in R&D Magazine’s R&D 100 Awards, which the DOE called the “Oscars of Innovation.” A number of these technologies concern ele

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Attention to Detail

Because everything’s connected—somewhere: Do you know what integrated systems are and how to estimate them? They’re not really that different from standard low-voltage systems, but they require more attention to the drawing details and specifications.


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Illinois Rate Increases Predicted to Diminish State Economy

There is currently a battlefor electricity rates in Illinois; the Citizens Utility Board (CUB), a nonprofit utility watchdog organization created by the state legislature, has called on state lawmakers to roll back the increases recently imposed by utilities, ComEd and Ameren.


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Design/Build: New Opportunities & New Alliances

The great strength of design/build (DB) and design/build-assist (DB-A) contract arrangements is the holistic view they encourage of the building process.


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At the Bitter End

The law of default terminations: Except for instrumentation contractors, “termination” is a bad word, and default termination is worse; typically, but not always, a default termination arises from delay issues: The contractor is slow and will not increase his manpower, or completion dates have passe


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Minnesota Contractor Lights up Ice Maze for Carnival

Collins Electrical Construction Co in St Paul, Minnesota, has been serving the St Paul Winter Carnival since 2001; the 59-year-old company volunteers its people and electrical equipment to light up the ice maze, snow sculptures and the bulk of Harriet Island during St.


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Underground Report

Extending broadband services to more customers is a priority for telecommunications and cable television companies who are locked in a fierce battle to consolidate and expand their shares of the high-speed Internet market and, with it, other bundled services; fiber optic technology is a key element


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Know Your Scope

What you don’t know can hurt your company: Knowing your company’s complete scope of work is critical to successfully estimating a project; simply studying the electrical design and reading the electrical specification is not good enough.


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