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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 New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) is circulating a draft petition to be used by applicants for up to $1 million in funding for community microgrids in the state.

map of the City Yards Project area

The City of Santa Monica, Calif., recently received a $1.5 million grant to plan and design a microgrid that will incorporate renewable energy (including solar), combined heat and power, small-scale waste-to-energy, energy storage and electric vehicle charging.

The old days

You just spent a lot of time taking off a set of drawings and more time entering the takeoff into your estimating system. Now you can relax, wait for the quotes to come in, send your final price to the general contractors and win the job. Right? I don’t think so.

So what is all the buzz about drones? The buzz could be the drone itself, which can sound like a swarm of bees flying overhead. However, the media buzz is more about drones delivering pizza or your latest online order directly to your doorstep.

More on Your Business

Utility Growth Opportunities

After nearly five years of political wrangling, Congress passed and President Bush signed the Energy Policy Act (EPAct) on Aug. 8, 2005.

Distribution and Productivity

Electrical contractors depend on distributors, not only for access to products, but for service and expertise.

Beyond the Dumpster

Last month, we reviewed the issue of identity theft and the impact of recent legislation regulating the protection of sensitive information.

Become a Power Quality Specialist

A new breed of technician continues to emerge from the electrical contracting ranks with an eye on maintenance and power quality (PQ). Of course, there have always been power quality specialists, but the discipline continues to evolve.

Hire an Outsource Estimator

In this highly competitive industry, you need to bid more work than you are capable of doing. Most of this work comes with unforgiving deadlines and requires many hours of estimating. Hours you don’t have. Estimators you don’t have.

Renovation Revolution

Opportunities for renovation projects go beyond residential “fixer-up” work, offering electrical contractors a way to participate in a market that can provide increased growth.

Correlating PQ with the Entire Alphabet

Frequently, power quality (PQ) phenomena that result in changes to the voltage waveforms aren’t noticeable without specialized instruments.