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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. 

Many electrical contractors (ECs) view the energy services market as mature with little potential for repeat business. This is especially true for energy conservation and efficiency projects that involve either a particular system component upgrade or an entire system replacement.

The US Army recently announced a $61 million infrastructure modernization project at the Rock Island (Illinois) Arsenal (RIA) Joint Manufacturing Technology Center (JMTC), the largest government-owned and operated arsenal in the United States.


In the last year or so, electric-utility industry followers have been hearing about the “disruptive force” of distributed generation—how the growing number of solar panels sprouting on rooftops could be upending utility business models.

Among the industries seeking ways to make technology smaller, lighting is no exception. Now, a team of scientists at the University of Strasbourg in France has developed the first single-molecule light-emitting diode (LED).


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The User Interface
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The next function of electrical estimating software (after the database, which I covered last month), is having a way for you to enter your takeoff into the estimating system. How do we get items out of the database and into the estimate? That is the job of the user interface.


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Editors' Pick
2014 Construction Outlook: A year for perseverance and growth
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If the 2013 economy were a horse race, it often trotted more than galloped.

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Today's Growth Market
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Energy services is a growth market for electrical contractors that builds on their service contracting, design/build and project management capabilities.

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Showstoppers 2013
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Winners of Showstopper Awards at the 2013 NECA Show in Washington, D.C., r­epresent a broad assortment from simple to complex, ranging from a heated, hooded sweatshirt to a sophisticated mobile solar lighting system and magnetic cable ties to a 3-D laser scanning system that captures as-built docume

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Think It Over
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Whether a dispute involves a fluidized bed boiler, a school or a home-improvement project, there are some basic tenets to always keep in mind.

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Natural Gas In New England
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We’ve gotten used to our local electric utilities asking us to ease up on the air conditioning and turn off unneeded lights during hot summer months. In the Northeast
(especially New England), those requests are becoming even more urgent in the winter.

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A Good Year For Government Outreach
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The changing of the calendar fills some people with regret for missed opportunities, unfulfilled promises and unresolved challenges. But, for those with a more optimistic and practical nature, each January brings new opportunities to take well-thought-out action and get things right.


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