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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. 

Electrical contractors that perform a lot of hospital work, especially lighting projects, may have a whole new type of work to look forward to in the future.


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

In February, the Florida Power and Light Co. (FPL) and Daytona International Speedway (DIS) completed one of American professional sports’ largest solar-power installations.

As I wrote in Part I of this article: “There is no such thing as a new $5,000 Rolls-Royce. If you want the quality, the engineering and the performance, you need to pay for it. Good intelligent infrastructure is no different.”

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Exelon, Pepco Merge to Form Nation’s Largest Investor-Owned Utility

On Wednesday, Mar. 23, the District of Columbia Public Service Commission voted two to one to approve a $6.8 billion merger between Pepco Holdings and Exelon, creating the largest investor-owned utility in the nation. Combined, the two utilities will now serve 10 million customers.

Bosch 18V Compact Tough brushless drill driver
Cool Tools: Brushless Motors

The impact of Brushless motors on electric hand tools is reminiscent of the transformation following the 2005 introduction of the lithium-ion battery, which, at the time, was heralded as the most significant development in power tools over the previous 20 years.

Governors' Bipartisan Accord Promotes Clean Energy

In late February, a bipartisan group of 17 governors signed the "Governors' Accord for a New Energy Future," a joint commitment to take action to promote clean energy, clean transportation choices, a modern electrical grid, and a plan for a new energy future.

The Thing About The Internet Of Things

In 1999, Kevin Ashton, a British entrepreneur making a presentation about radio frequency identification (RFID) to a major U.S.-based consumer products manufacturer titled his slide “Internet of Things.” That expression, often abbreviated “IoT,” is now a permanent part of business vocabulary and den

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Black + Decker's first drill, 1916
100 Years of Innovation: History of the Electric Drill

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the portable electric drill’s invention. A century ago, the Black + Decker Manufacturing Co. (now Stanley Black + Decker) developed and filed a patent application for a ½-inch portable drill that one person could operate.

A Productive Year and A Promising Future

Last year proved to be busy in Washington, D.C. Our country witnessed one of the most productive legislative years on record. Let me put this in perspective—more laws were enacted in 2015 than in the first year of any two-year congressional term since 2009.

Amprobe AMP-310
Cool Tools: Electric Motor Testers

Electric motor failure can cause numerous problems, ranging from inefficient power use, equipment damage and costly downtime. In the worst-case scenario, it can result in a catastrophic fire.
 Amprobe Business Unit Manager Jarek Bras said excessive heating is a common cause of motor failure.