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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. 

The press has had much to say about the death spirals on the way for the 
electric-utility industry, thanks to the rapid proliferation of rooftop solar panels and other distributed-energy resources.

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA) held its conference in San Diego at the end of last month at the Handlery Hotel and Resort in San Diego.

A recent Green Building Council (USGBC) report, “LEED in Motion: Hospitality,” suggests that the hospitality industry is poised for significant growth in terms of green initiatives, including energy efficiency.

Let’s say you had a specification that expressly required you to provide a Honda Civic by name but then clearly described a Chevy Blazer. Do you provide the name brand as listed, or do you provide a vehicle that meets the detailed description?

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Nevada Regulators Show Little Love for Energy Efficiency

Innovative programs in the energy sector need all the help they can get. Vested interests, such as utilities and power providers, have a profit motive for maintaining the status quo. Sometimes, government is the only hope. Other times, it stands in the way.

California Sticks With Net Metering

As controversies continue over the growth of residential solar-power installations and the various policies that support them, one state is standing by its program. In doing so, it has set an example for how to strike a balance between the needs of customers and utilities.

HVDC, Solar and Wind Could Spell a Clean-Energy Future

In the fight against climate change, wind and solar power have always held the greatest promise. Despite their ability to offer clean and plentiful electricity, the high cost of installation and the variable nature of their generation have always been a challenge.

Growth Anticipated in Home EV Charging Infrastructure

As More people purchased early automobiles, demand for gasoline stations grew in tandem. These days, as sales of electric vehicles (EVs) trend upward, demand for home-charging stations is increasing, as well.

A Whole New World

Business development is a hot topic these days. Many electrical contractors often think about how it can improve their bottom line. For those who don’t, now is the time to start.

Ideas That Work: Grinding and Drilling Solutions

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

Tiny Houses Need Electric Service Too

Although there has not been a huge wave of publicity about tiny houses—loosely defined as homes under 1,000 square feet, commonly between 200 and 400 square feet—their popularity is undeniable.