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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. 

While the magazine’s headquarters are in Bethesda, md., ELECTRICAL CONTRACTOR can’t cover a national industry without getting out to various locales for trade shows and conventions. They are some of our best resources for learning what’s going on, so we can pass that knowledge on to you.

Much of what we think we know about renewable technology comes from visual association. However, much of renewable energy is invisible.

According to a recent report published by Technavio (, a global technology research and advisory firm, the global prefabricated construction market is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of between 6 and 7 percent until 2020.

The need to modernize the nation’s outdated electrical infrastructure has become something of an axiom in the age of renewables. Recognizing that need, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has offered an incentive.

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Passive Wi-Fi Connects With Energy Efficiency

Digital technology has made us more dependent on our electronic devices, and it has made us hungrier 
for power.

Lightfair 2016 Features Integrated Sensors and Color Tuning as Leading Trends

Last week, some of the magazine staff were in San Diego for Lightfair. Of course, if you follow us on Twitter or Instagram, you already know that.

U.S. Energy-Storage Market Charges Forward

When something innovative catches on, other related technology often gets its own boost. In many cases, the success of the two is intertwined, each feeding off of the other. For example, it is hard to imagine the Internet without PCs and vice versa.

Big Talk Surrounds Battery Technology

There is no shortage of blustering and boasting in the digital age, as entrepreneurs and innovators always claim to have invented the next big thing. Elon Musk, founder and CEO of electric-vehicle and battery pioneer Tesla, is known for making his share of boastful claims.

A Dollar Is Not Necessarily A Dollar

A popular TV show centers on antique owners, all of whom seem to feign interest in learning from experts how old the item is, who crafted it, where it came from, and whether the object is well-made.

Metro's L'Enfant Plaza station, the scene of the deadly 2015 smoke incident in which dozens were hospitalized and one woman died.
D.C.'s Metrorail Suspends Service for Emergency Inspections of Third Rail Cables

The second-busiest rapid transit system in the United States, Washington, D.C.'s Metrorail closed Wednesday, Mar. 16, due to an emergency inspection of the entire system's third-rail power cables.

Where Do You Start?

Electrical contractors know productivity affects profitability but may overlook personal factors that affect employee attitudes toward work and that reduce the motivation to improve efficiency.