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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. 

As the landscape of electricity generation in the United States evolves, natural gas continues to account for an increasing share of the mix.

If you have kept up with the 2017 Nobel prizes, you know three Americans won the prize in physiology or medicine for their discoveries of molecular mechanisms controlling the circadian rhythm.

Here’s an undeniable truth I’ve learned over the years: When one chapter ends, another is right around the corner. That’s especially true now for me and the National Electrical Contractors Association.

This month, I expand on “Do You Trust the Drawings?” by talking more about establishing the scope of work included in your estimates. Let’s start with verbal instructions.

More on Your Business

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.

Forging Ahead

Technology’s impact on how we live—and, by extension, how we do our jobs—fluctuates every day. During my career, I have seen how that applies to the electrical construction industry, where new trends and innovations routinely emerge.

Mistakes, I've Made A Few

Nobody’s perfect, and I’m no exception. My first job in the electrical construction industry was driving a truck for a wholesale house. Within the first month, I didn’t secure my load well enough and lost a 10-foot stick of strut though the side of my stake bed truck.

Kosciuszko Bridge

The Over-Under on New York

Bridges and tunnels are a key sector for E-J Electric Installation Co., Long Island City, N.Y. Recently, the company installed LED lighting for the newly constructed Kosciuszko Bridge, which spans 1.1 miles over Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens.

Pricing For Profit

As I write this column, the citizens and businesses in Texas are assessing the damage from Hurricane Harvey, and Florida is cleaning up after Irma.

Over The Rainbow

I begin this month’s column with an acknowledgement that should come as no surprise: I’ve learned a lot over the years that I have been involved with NECA and especially during the years I have been its president. One important lesson: There is often more to something than meets the eye.