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March 30, 2011
IEC's Electrical Matters

Early bird rates for Legislative Fly-In end Monday
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The deadline for the early bird registration rates are about to expire, so you have until the end of Monday, April 4, to enjoy discounted rates for the 2011 IEC National Legislative Fly-In! To register, please visit the IEC website and download the registration form. The IEC hotel block of rooms at the Hamilton Crowne Plaza also expires April 4, so be sure to reserve your room under the discount code "Independent Electrical Contractors" by Monday as well. More

China wins 2010 clean energy race with $54.4 billion in funding
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Add renewable energy to the list of industries in which China is now coming out on top of the U.S. While China is still home to thousands of pollution-spewing factories, it's also now churning out wind turbines and solar panels at a world-record pace. More

3 common small business tax mistakes
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Many entrepreneurs feel the need to carry every responsibility for their business on their own shoulders. As a result, a surprising number of business owners file their own taxes. Perhaps not surprisingly, many of their filings contain avoidable mistakes. Here are three of the most common. More

Klein Tools® Test and Measurement Tools

The Home Depot is the exclusive home improvement retailer of the new Klein Tools test and measurement line. Designed by electricians, they are packed with the latest innovations and time-saving features like large backlit displays, magnetic mounts and built-in work lights, and are rugged enough to handle any job.

Anti-union mood moves to Nebraska's modest unions
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In the struggle between governors and unions over public employee costs, Nebraska would seem like an unlikely battleground. Teacher salaries are modest, workers pay toward their benefits and a right-to-work law prevails. But Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman and the Republican-controlled Legislature have taken a bead this session at one aspect of state law that has produced occasional victories for unionized workers. More

Small business news: Ideas for adventurous entrepreneurs
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Entrepreneurship is about ideas, lots and lots of them. But it's also about putting those ideas into action. So, what ideas do you have as you embark on your entrepreneurial adventure? And what ideas do you need? More than anything, entrepreneurship is about learning. Time to begin. More

Green Mountain Power to help towns
convert to efficient LED streetlights

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Green Mountain Power and Efficiency Vermont are partnering to help every town in GMP's service territory change over to Light Emitting Diode street lights, which are more energy efficient. With the support of Efficiency Vermont, Green Mountain Power expects to replace thousands of mercury vapor and high pressure sodium street lights with new energy-efficient LED street lights in towns throughout its service territory. More

Scientists create artificial leaf
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One of the most exciting forms of future energy is solar energy. At the moment, the world is only currently harvesting an estimate 12.2 billion kilowatt-hours of solar energy that is available to us. Solar power may be critical to the future of man, especially when it comes to the colonization of planets within our solar system. More
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