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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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I just returned from chairing the Report on Proposals (ROP) meeting for the NFPA 70B Recommended Practice for Electrical Equipment Maintenance Committee, where we reviewed, debated, commented and voted on more than 150 proposed revisions to the 2002 edition for the next edition.


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IT and the Electrical Contractor

The capabilities and availability of information technology (IT) are increasing rapidly for the electrical contracting firm. New IT products and services that promise to improve efficiency and increase profits are introduced daily.


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Fuellgraf Partners with Citizens National Bank

A reputation for quality and reliability sends financial customer to this electrical contractor Fuellgraf Electric Co., with its headquarters in Butler, Pa., is one of those companies that just gets better with age.


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Back to Basics

Maintenance programs benefit everyone Maintenance programs are becoming increasingly standard with every major purchase these days, but what about those in our realm-electrical, security and communication systems?


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Building the Smart Way

There's a growing urgency in the development of “green” or “smart” building, and learning to install its energy infrastructure-which is called integrated building systems (IBS) and involves tying together HVAC, electrical, security, lighting and fire alarm systems-could well be a boon to contractors


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Power Play: Hard Knocks or Opportunity?

As the Great Blackout of 2003 rolled through the Northeast and Midwest, a lot of people were left in the dark. But the blackout turned on the lights for a group of National Electrical Contractor Association (NECA) member contractors in Michigan. They saw the blackout as opportunity knocking.


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Gibson Electric Takes Contracting Expertise to the Next Level

The site is part of Chicago history. Former retail giant Montgomery Ward's rise to greatness and eventual demise all took place at the company's former location on the western edge of downtown Chicago.


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