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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. 

Anyone can make a difference by installing solar panels, buying an electric car or changing out those old power-guzzling incandescent lamps. However, the so-called tipping point often rests on the shoulders of corporate America.

Branding your company—from vehicles to interior designs—is well-served by a quote from baseball great Yogi Berra: “If you don't know where you are going, you'll end up someplace else.”

With a mix of job smarts, business savvy, grit and grace, an increasing number of women-owned contracting firms are helping to level the playing field in a traditionally male-dominated industry.

Change orders—we love them, and we hate them. Preparing a change order used to be enjoyable. The drawings were clear, the changes were clouded and we were allowed to make a profit. All we submitted was a lump-sum proposal, which was rarely questioned and never outright rejected.

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Second Annual National Apprenticeship Week Celebrated Across U.S.

The United States celebrated the second annual National Apprenticeship Week from Nov. 14–20, 2016. The week consisted of hundreds of events across the country, all of which focused on the role apprentices play in the modern workforce, and how they help businesses grow.

Ahead Of The Curve

Understanding and accepting 
change is important in any walk of life, but especially so in electrical construction. I’ve seen how innovations in technology have affected the men and women in my business, and it’s exciting to be a part of it.

EnergySage Introduces First Community Solar Marketplace

In a press release on November 21, Boston-based EnergySage announced its new project, Community Solar Marketplace, the first online community solar power marketplace in the U.S.

OSHA Awards $10.5 Million To Nonprofits For Safety Training, Education

In September, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) awarded $10.5 million in safety and health training grants to 77 nonprofit organizations, according to a press release from the U.S. Department of Labor (DOL).

DOE Report Shows Potential for Behind-the-Meter Distributed Wind

On November 21, 2016, the Department of Energy (DOE) released a report titled “Assessing the Future of Distributed Wind: Opportunities for Behind-the-Meter Projects” which explores the potential of distributed wind energy in the U.S. through 2050.

Minnesota Power Plant Recycles Storm Debris For Fuel

This summer, in the aftermath of a heavy storm, Duluth, Minn., residents were mostly concerned about when their electricity would be restored. They were unlikely to be thinking about how the city would dispose of all of the toppled trees.

Alabama Electricians Pitch In at Local Oktoberfest

On October 8, 2016, the Birmingham Electrical JATC and IBEW Local No. 136 assisted in the setup and takedown at Oktoberfest Trussville, an annual event in Trussville, Ala., that raises money for local charities.