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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. 

One of the cornerstones of the smart grid evolution is the smart meter itself. Capturing and sending data in real time between the utility and the consumer has enabled a level of communication between the two that is almost science fiction-like.

Bosch Tools’ Daredevil spade bit with contoured paddle

Power hand tools have advanced rapidly over the last few years, becoming more powerful, productive, lighter and easier to use. Along with other useful convenience features, most of today’s cordless drills have light-emitting diodes (LEDs) to illuminate the work area.


In October 2011, the Illinois General Assembly enacted the Energy Infrastructure Modernization Act (EIMA). One of the main beneficiaries was ComEd, the Chicago-based electric/gas utility. With the passage of the EIMA, ComEd embarked on a 10-year, $2.6 billion program to modernize its power system.


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