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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. 

On July 26, 2016, Schneider Electric introduced its New Energy Opportunities (Neo) Network, an online networking tool designed to help companies find the best renewable energy solutions for their business.    According to a video released by Schneider, NeoNetwork has three main functions.

Government plays a leading role in the growth of smart technologies. Columbus, Ohio, recently showed off some of its smarts by winning a national competition of cities that focused on the use of smart technology in the transportation sector.


The future role of coal has always been a central question in the larger discussion about climate change and renewable power. Some envision a future without coal entirely, but that scenario has not always seemed practical.

We began coverage of our biennial Profile of the Electrical Contractor survey last month with a discussion of demographics and trends in the age of today’s electrical contractors (ECs) and their firms, along with the types of work our readers are doing.

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Wyoming Sees A Future In Coal Despite National Trend


States, like the people who live in them, respond to adversity in different ways. As the nation’s coal industry confronts a mounting collection of challenges, one state that relies heavily on the industry has chosen an optimistic path 
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New Standard Helps Buildings Support The Smart Grid


Standards for new technology are necessary to encourage growth and innovation by ensuring interoperability and compatibility of new devices.



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Coming Soon To A State Near You: California’s Title 24


California has long been known as an energy-conservation pioneer. To lead the way on electrical issues, the state uses a set of rules known as Title 24, Part 6, which is updated every three years. The current rules became mandatory for any project seeking a permit after July 1, 2014.
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2016 Profile of the Electrical Contractor

It’s that time again when we call on expert pollsters to help us learn more about our readers and the work they are doing in the field. More than 2,400 of you responded to our questionnaire earlier this year, through snail mail or online, describing the work you did in 2015.


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Making Efficiency Pay

Aging coal plants are closing across the nation, along with a growing number of nuclear units, and utility planners are increasingly concerned about how best to replace this shuttered generation capacity.


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Whose Design Is It Anyway?

There is a tug of war in construction contracts over design responsibility and liability. An owner’s design team will spend months preparing detailed drawings and specifications.


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Shields Up: Protecting Yourself From Investment Scams


For the last two months, I have offered information on choosing an honest, responsible financial adviser. But all investments involve some element of risk, and scam artists can victimize even the most sophisticated clients.


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