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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. 

It was only recently that incandescent lamps were rendered obsolete. Now fluorescent lamps are due for an upgrade.


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The intermittent nature of some forms of renewables—solar and especially wind—make storage technology an essential ingredient of their success. Storing the power generated from renewables allows it to be used at times when demand is high and generation is low.


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This article is the second in a series of six tactics in which the electrical contractor can maximize purchasing power and profitability though procurement. Click here for part 1.

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More Building Designers Embracing Carbon-Reduction Targets

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In the quest for achieving greater energy efficiency, buildings have become a primary target, and building designers are jumping on the bandwagon.


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Utilities Harnessing Microgrids

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The power generation environment is changing, and so are the systems used to transmit and store that resource. Microgrids are emerging as one of the key components in the new energy landscape.


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It's A Good Thing
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Last month we talked about why bid listing laws are a good thing. In summary, general contractors use bid shopping to take profit from the subcontractors and keep those profits for themselves. Bid listing laws are a very effective way of stopping post-award bid shopping. 


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Bring the Light
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Construction work often must be done in areas without power and, therefore, without adequate light. Also, it often must be done outside at night.

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'Double-Handling' Can Be A Good Thing
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We appreciate all of the positive response to the new format for our column in which we interview industry leaders about key issues that may alter the future of electrical construction.

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