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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 thing I’ve sought to emphasize during my term as president of the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) is the critical nature of forming and maintaining international relationships to strengthen the electrical construction industry.

Linemen from Quanta Services address damaged poles in an area flooded by Hurricane Harvey

The nation’s late summer flurry of hurricane activity was unprecedented. Within days of the record downpours from Hurricane Harvey that overwhelmed the Houston area for nearly two weeks in late August, Hurricane Irma roared through the Caribbean, devastating the U.S.

Image courtesy of Community First! Village

It was announced this week that Alan Graham, the CEO of Mobile Loaves & Fishes, a nonprofit group, plans to raise $60 million in donations to expand Community First!

For each project, electrical contractors must ensure the right equipment is on-site, that it’s affordable and, most important, safe and reliable. But what to do when dealing with installed equipment or with tools and equipment that they don’t own? How do they know it’s safe and hasn’t been damaged?

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There's No 'Me' in a Design/Build Project

With the drive to formulate design/build teams, many electrical contractors now consider this building strategy to be a specialty that


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NECA Show: Progressively Better Every Year

News about the events and learning opportunities planned for NECA 2007 San Francisco are featured in both the Industry Watch and NECA Notes sections of the magazine this month. This double exposure indicates that excitement is heating up.


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PSE&G to Install More Energy-Efficient Equipment

Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G) of New Jersey announced plans to invest in more efficient electric delivery equipment, a move expected to reduce energy use and cut carbon emissions by 60,000 tons by the year 2020.


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NECA Convention to Light up San Francisco

From October 5–8, 2007, if there is an electrical problem in San Francisco, there will be plenty of electricians on hand to help.


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Nothing to Yawn About

If the stock market makes you nervous with its volatile ups and downs, you may want to take a good look at a more conservative alternative to stocks—municipal bonds. Mention tax-free municipals to some investors and you will be greeted with a big yawn.


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PQ Comes in Twos

The acronym “PQ” most often is associated with power quality, but some people use it to represent power quantity. The latter is more commonly referred to in today’s technical community as energy management. The commonality between the two is further seen in the instruments used to measure such.


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Spread the Word

As you well know, contractors no longer merely dropwire into a facility and call it a day. They have become the primary provider of all things related to electricity, power, communications, security and countless other systems-related work.


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