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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. 

Are you awaiting your retirement date, eagerly embracing a well-earned life of leisure? Or does the very thought of replacing your work routine with unscheduled days on your couch bring on a full-scale anxiety attack?

Less than one year after raising the ire of solar-power advocates by imposing feed-in tariffs on homeowners with rooftop installations, the Arizona Public Service Co. has come up with a completely different proposal that is likely to generate just as much opposition.


Like so many innovations of the digital age, electric vehicles (EVs) promise to transform the way we do seemingly mundane things, such as driving a car.


Solar-power researchers are always trying to squeeze more power out of their devices. After all, more power from solar cells effectively lowers the overall cost, and a more cost-effective cell will make solar photovoltaics more competitive with other forms of electrical generation.


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Power Quality's Impact on System Reliability
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Power quality is very important because of its direct impact on your customer’s business. It used to be that if the power was on, your customer was in business. Today, it isn’t a question of whether the power is on; rather, it is a question of whether the power provided meets the equipment’s needs.

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Energy Recap: What's Ahead Now
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A civil war is shaping up over energy that may get nasty this summer, if supplies fall short of demand in several parts of the country, as is expected. The war is developing along two fronts.

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Speaking the Same Language--Part II of III
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I recently received a telephone call from a power quality (PQ) engineer with an electric utility company to help settle a debate on the proper classification for a zero-

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Inside Plant Testing Methods for MRO
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The amount of maintenance work being performed by electrical contractors in a plant setting is on the rise. Corporate outsourcing of this type of work is the prime contributor to the expanding role of the electrical contractor in the maintenance and repair operations (MRO) marketplace.

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Acts of God and of Lesser Beings
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Adverse events that cannot be blamed on the parties can, and do, occur on construction projects. Where the events are predictable (rain, snow, cold weather, etc.), the contractor is usually presumed to have accounted for them in its bid and schedule. No additional time or money will be given.

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You May Get More than You Bargained For
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With the growing reports of energy demand exceeding supply, the attractiveness of energy conservation devices has begun to resurface.

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Estimators, Distributors, Manufacturers: How Similar Are Their Goals?
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A survey states that electrical contractors buy over 90 percent of electrical materials.Cooperation between these parties is required to get these materials to a project. Electrical contractors determine the type and brand of about half the materials purchased.

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