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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. 

The fight against greenhouse gases takes commitments from all industries, if for no other reason than their emissions can be traced to so many different sources.


We live in an era when electrical power is mostly indispensable. Electricity touches almost every aspect of our daily lives and drives even mundane tasks.


We had to buy a new car recently. My wife’s car was 16 years old, and keeping it running was costing us almost as much as an entire car payment. It was definitely time to say goodbye, which created another problem—shopping for a new car. 


“NECA is the voice of the $130 billion electrical construction industry that brings power, light, and communication technology to buildings and communities across the U.S.”


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Estimators, Distributors, Manufacturers: Divergent or Similar Goals?
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In the estimating process, quotations of specialized large-quantity lot, or project-specified materials will put the estimator in touch with the firm’s suppliers. Some contacts will also originate in the purchasing department.

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When It Comes to Power, Keep It Clean
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There are two worlds of overcurrent and overvoltage. The first is with AC power. The second is for twisted pair copper and the other lines, which are used in telephony and computer networks. It is the latter that we’ll cover here.

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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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Networked Distributed Generation Answers Utilities' Need for Additional Power Resources
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Using a communications network provided by Sixth Dimension, Celerity Energy, Portland, Ore., is creating the largest independent power project in the Western United States.

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Economy to Boost Demand for Fire Alarm Systems
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There are a number of encouraging signs indicating a rising demand for fire alarm panels in commercial and industrial buildings. Local, state, and federal building codes are the primary drivers, but the recent U.S. economy has not hurt either.

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Speaking the Same Language--Part I of III
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As I was preparing to disembark in the mother country after instructing a tutorial on flicker at the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) Power Engineering Society winter meeting, I reflected upon the difficulties with communication, even among English speakers.

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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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