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When it comes to transformative change in society, government is often the catalyst. The transition to a more energy-efficient landscape is no exception. According to a new ranking of energy innovation, America’s biggest cities are leading the way.


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Every month, we pick the top Ideas That Work submitted by you, ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR readers.

From solar power to electric vehicles, from building efficiency to biomass, the energy industry is blessed with an abundance of innovative technologies that are transforming how we generate and consume electricity.

It’s been eight years since major energy legislation was passed, but current House and Senate proposals that would strengthen America’s infrastructure and increase energy efficiency are exciting prospects for electrical contractors.

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Demand Response Enters a New Era in California
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California, long considered a pioneer of renewable-energy technologies, has lagged in one area.


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