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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. 

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge


Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

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Super Wired Up

High-temperature superconducting (HTS) distribution and transmission line has been at the nearly there stage for almost a decade, but industry participants say the technology is now approaching wide commercial use.


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Iowa Company Quickly Rebuilds 345 kV Transmission Line

Interstate Power and Light Company (IPL) of Iowa concluded rebuild work and re-energized a 20-mile stretch of 345 kilovolt (kV) transmission line in Poweshiek County, Iowa. The transmission line was severely damaged on Feb. 24, 2007, during a major Midwest winter storm.


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Estimating the Streets of San Francisco

The NECA Show is just weeks away, and what a glorious location NECA has chosen this year—San Francisco—where wishes come true and everybody leaves with a new takeoff on life.


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Silent Partner

You might have heard horror stories of partnerships ruining companies. That is why most electrical contracting companies are officially organized as corporations, not partnerships. However, corporations may be surprised to find a silent partner at the end of the day.


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SaveOnEnergy.com Provides More Than Lower Energy Rates for Texans

Dallas-based SaveOnEnergy.com makes it simple and worthwhile for Texas residents to shop online for lower electric rates. By shopping for competing rates on SaveOnEnergy.com, customers will find exclusive offers as well as other incentives to switch electricity providers.


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Ceramic Membrane Technology May Clean up Power Stations

A research team led by Britain’s Newcastle University stated greenhouse gas emissions from power stations could be cut to almost zero by controlling the combustion process with tiny tubes made from an advanced ceramic material.


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According to Study, Customers Less Satisfied with Utilities

As electricity prices increase for a fifth consecutive year and many customers report experiencing an increase in the duration of power outages, overall customer satisfaction has fallen among residential customers served by the nation’s 76 largest electric utilities, according to the J.D.


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