October 2023

Electrical Construction & Maintenance: Volume 122, Issue 10
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National Electrical Code

Proposed Structure Changes for the 2029 NEC

Oct. 12, 2023
A look at past Code versions and what is in store for future NEC editions
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Over the past year, many measures, the Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, Texas, MSA has been the fastest-growing metro in the United States. The MSA’s electrical contractors in the market are hiring like crazy. In total, they have more than 31,560 workers (up 6.7% over last year).

10 Local Markets to Watch in 2024

Oct. 12, 2023
These 10 metros have powered through 2023’s turbulent business conditions and look like good bets for solid growth in 2024.
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Solar farm

Solar Farm Construction Considerations

Oct. 12, 2023
Shining a light on the benefits of building solar farms with pre-assembled components
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Electric Grid

Building and Maintaining the Grid of the Future

Oct. 12, 2023
Electrical contractors nationwide are partnering with utilities to support projects to drive energy efficiency, reliability, and resiliency.
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Electric vehicle charging

Who’s in Charge Here?

Oct. 12, 2023
Federal money and user demand are spurring the market for EV charging infrastructure. But incomplete and inconsistent state and municipal regulations make it difficult to keep...

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