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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. 

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.


This month, I expand on “Do You Trust the Drawings?” by talking more about establishing the scope of work included in your estimates. Let’s start with verbal instructions.

More on Your Business

 
What Is Real?

IN“The Velveteen Rabbit” by Margery Williams, the Rabbit asks the Skin Horse, “What is Real?” A customer reminded me of this line when he asked a similar question in regard to the parameter watts used to measure electrical power.


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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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Design/Build Teamwork Sharpens Winning Edge

As Today’s growing project-delivery method, much is said about design/build’s inherent advantages; however, its success rests on the shoulders of a winning team.


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Vicarious Liability Threatens Contractors on Multiple Levels

Mark Hady of Hady Electric Inc in Watertown, Wis, has not faced the problem of vicarious liability yet, and he hopes not to. “The hiring practices of my subcontractors is just not an issue I had given much thought to,” he said.


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AEP and Allegheny 765-kV Transmission Project Approved by PJM

American Electric Power’s (AEP) 765-kilovolt (kV) joint transmission line proposal with Allegheny Energy Inc was approved by PJM Interconnection (PJM) of Norristown, Pa.


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Operating Effectively

For electrical contracting companies that have many large, complex projects underway at the same time, construction management software is the key to making everything go smoothly and to completing each job on schedule and within budget.


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