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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. 

Debate continues this morning over a Senate tax reform proposal, and a final vote is soon to follow. The Senate version of the tax plan is much friendlier to renewables and electric vehicles than its House counterpart.

According to new information from the annual State of the Industry survey conducted by Klein Tools, Lincolnshire, Ill., electricians continue to be in high demand, and most in the industry are not concerned that the rise of new technologies will significantly impact job security.

Roughly 11,000 people are without power today as a result of extreme winds and multiple wildfires burning throughout Ventura and Los Angeles counties in Southern California.

During a snowstorm last week, the Minnesota State Patrol responded to over 1,200 crashes and spinouts around the state. Fifty people were injured, and one woman was killed.

More on Your Business

Courtesy of the Denver Museum of Nature and Science
Construction Crew Unearths Rare Triceratops in Thornton, Colo.

Construction sites are a great resource for paleontologists, apparently. Throughout 2017, several fossils, including a mammoth skull, were found during the excavation of a new subway line in Los Angeles.

Courtesy of the USDA
California Begins to Grapple With the Aftermath of Devastating Wildfires

While the “October Siege” of wildfires continues in California, the worst of the episode may have passed.

Cumulative U.S. Energy Storage Energy Capacity Additions Region, Vision Case (2017–2025). Courtesy of ESA and Navigant Research
ESA Report Outlines Path to 35 GW of Energy Storage by 2025

On November 6, the Energy Storage Association (ESA) released 35x25: A Vision for Energy Storage, a white paper describing and outlining the means to reaching 35 gigawatts (GW) of new energy storage systems in the United States between 2017 and 2025.

Before and after photos from NASA’s Suomi-NPP satellite
Electric Utility Whitefish Loses Puerto Rico Power Restoration Contract; Now Under FBI Investigation

Less than a week ago, Montana-based electric utility Whitefish Energy was in charge of a $300-million job to restore power to Puerto Rico’s electricity grid, which was destroyed by Hurricane Maria.

Giving Back: ECs Volunteer

Electrical contractors have volunteered and donated to charitable organizations and other causes for decades. In more recent years, contractors have embraced giving at a personal level. O’Connell Electric Co.

NECA 2017 Seattle Wrapup

The NECA Show is the biggest trade show and convention in the electrical construction industry. Each year, thousands of contractors and hundreds of exhibitors descend on a choice city, and this year, it was in Seattle.

More Power To You

Did you see the Great American Solar eclipse of 2017? So cool! At the electrical Contractor office just north of Washington, D.C., we wore our NASA-approved eclipse safety glasses to watch the moon block out about 80 percent of the sun.