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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. 

In light of the trend of utility customers establishing their electricity service independence with distributed generation technology, utility companies have expressed fears of a “death spiral” as they lose money from those customers and face a diminished capability to maintain their transmission sy

In the quest for achieving greater energy efficiency, buildings have become a primary target, and building designers are jumping on the bandwagon.


The power generation environment is changing, and so are the systems used to transmit and store that resource. Microgrids are emerging as one of the key components in the new energy landscape.


Last month we talked about why bid listing laws are a good thing. In summary, general contractors use bid shopping to take profit from the subcontractors and keep those profits for themselves. Bid listing laws are a very effective way of stopping post-award bid shopping. 


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TC Technologies Ensure Optimal Networks
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In network design, more emphasis is often placed on selecting the active equipment than on building the passive part of the network. Many network problems are caused by neglect of passive components.

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What's the Difference between 'Room,' 'Cabinet,' and 'Closet?'
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Just a little over a year ago, TIA TR-42.1 and TR-42.3 officially decided to change the acronym for the telecommunications room from TC to TR to eliminate confusion and to ensure that the industry realized that a “room” instead of a “closet” was required on each floor of the building.

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When the Rules Are Changed - How to Analyze a Claim
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Some time ago, I represented a pharmaceutical company, which for years had employed an electrical contractor for maintenance and upgrades to its plant on a time-and-material basis. The owner then contracted for a new building to manufacture and package a dietary powder.

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Zorro's Monogram
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(Refer to ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR magazine for tables and graphs.) Two invaluable tools for solving power quality problems have been Ohm’s Law and and Kirchoff’s Laws.

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Flat-rate Pricing--Predetermined Prices for Predefined Service Activities
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The service cycle starts with the initital customer contact and ends with the electrical contracting firm being paid for the service provided. Shortening the service cycle has advantages for both the customer and the contractor.

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Fiber's Future: We See Dust and Dirt in the Looking Glass
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Advances in applications for fiber optic components, more than advances in the fiber itself, will drive the marketplace in the next 12 to 18 months.

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Ground Play beneath Elephants
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Many NECA members, such as my friend Timmy on Maryland’s Eastern Shore who inspired this article, have an annual volume of $2 million or less.

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