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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. 

Some may be skeptical of its credentials, but carbon capture has its proponents, and as policy makers have been known to say, everything should be on the table.

Hioki PQ3100 PQ analyzer

The quality of electric power that operates building systems has always been important, but as these systems have become more complex, the effects of power quality (PQ) issues have multiplied.


In January, the National Energy Board (NEB) of Canada announced that it has approved the Lake Erie Connector Project, a 117-kilometer (km) international transmission line that will connect Ontario with Pennsylvania, running under Lake Erie.

U.S. utility-scale electric capacity additions and retirements (2002 - 2016). Courtesy of www.eia.gov.

On February 27, 2017, the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) released a report detailing the additions and retirements of utility-scale electric generating capacity across the U.S. in 2016.

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LEEDing Electrical Installations

More and more companies want to be recognized as being environmentally conscious. One way that they are demonstrating their commitment to a cleaner environment is through green construction.


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Pay Your Fees!

It is already the month of May—I know, I can’t believe it either—and the feeling of spring is in the air. Spring typically means warmer weather, longer days to get the estimates done and, of course, your annual tech support fees are due.


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A Field Guide

Written contract forms grow by mistakes. Contracting parties, particularly owners and architects, discover that some issue or dispute was not covered to their satisfaction. The next draft of the contract is supposed to take care of that perceived gap.


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Everyday Is Swell

Recently, a PQ consulting expert sent me some interesting data from a facility he monitored. The data was the result of periodic PQ monitoring that is conducted at the facility’s service entrance.


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Value-Added Service

“We’ll go out on an emergency call. The call could be after hours on a facility that needs to be up and running,” said Ed Santos, service manager, Morrow Meadows Corp., a company based in the Los Angeles area, whose clients include data centers and banks.


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Estimating Software Update

The upgrades are coming! The upgrades are coming! Yes, it is time for your favorite estimating software company to release its thoroughly beta-tested new features and much anticipated repairs of any bugs and glitches.


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Wye Does It Matter?

When setting out to monitor any power system, it is very important to determine what type of wiring configuration is used before making the connections. The primary and secondary sides of transformers are often different wiring configurations, as can be the loads from the source.


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