In the February issue, EC&M will be focusing on longer
lead times for specified light fixtures for a contractor feature. If
you're a contractor that has faced delays in receiving light fixtures
that have threatened your schedule, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by
phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your
comments may be used for publication in the article.
AEMC® Introduces Its Newest
PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality Analyzer
8335 is a 3-phase power quality analyzer that is easy-to-use,
compact, and shock resistant. It has direct measurement of four voltage
and four current inputs including neutral voltage and current. It
simultaneously captures and records trend, transients, events, and
waveforms with 2GB of memory for data storage.
Employment in construction declined by 16,000 during the
month of December 2010 as the industry's unemployment rate hit 20.7%,
according to analysis of federal employment figures released in early
January by the Associated General Contractors of America. Even as the
industry continues to suffer from weak private-sector demand the
benefits of the temporary stimulus program appear to be winding down,
association officials note.
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Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers
Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C136.26-2010, "American National
Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment — Troubleshooting
Guide for High-Intensity Discharge (HID) Luminaires." This standard,
produced by the ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting, was
last revised in 2003. It offers step-by-step guidance for use in
troubleshooting HID lighting fixtures by technicians in the field. It
addresses the commonly encountered problems of lamps that are on
continuously, cycle on and off, do not start, or burn dimly.
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The USNAP Alliance, an industry consortium of major
stakeholders and utilities in the smart grid, recently announced the
final release of its 2.0 specification for enabling interoperable Home
Area Network deployment (HAN) deployments. Manufacturers of smart grid
devices (SGDs) such as consumer appliances, thermostats, in-home
displays, energy management systems, and gateways can use USNAP
universal communication modules (UCMs) to connect to a HAN using a
variety of connectivity options such as ZigBee, Wi-Fi, Z-Wave, and FM
radio, creating a universal HAN device ecosystem.
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story, visit EC&M's website.
Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers
Association (NEMA) has formed the Electrical Vehicle Supply
Equipment/Systems Section (EVSES) to represent manufacturers of products
or assemblies that are installed for the purpose of safely delivering
and managing electrical energy between an electric vehicle (EV) and an
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The City of Manhattan, Kan., is soliciting bids for on-call
electrical services, which includes providing electrical maintenance and
repair services during emergency, urgent, and occasional supplemental
scenarios, including after hours, for the City of Manhattan Public
Works, as authorized by the City of Manhattan's Assistant Director of
Public Works-Utilities or his designee at the office of the City Clerk.
The deadline for bids is 3 p.m. CST on January 19. For more information,
visit the city's website.
The St. Johns County School Board, St. Johns County, Fla., is
accepting sealed bids for the construction of an eight classroom
expansion to Osceola Elementary School, St. Augustine, Fla. Scope of
work includes electrical construction site improvements. Bids will be
received until 2 p.m. EST on February 4. A pre-bid conference will be
held at 3 p.m. EST on January 19, 2011. For more information, contact
Lance Courtemanche Tercilla Courtemanche Architects, Inc., West Palm
Beach, Fla., at (561) 478-4457.
Waco, Texas-based Dwyer Group, Inc. recently announced it has
entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an investor group
led by TZP Capital Partners I, L.P., a private equity fund based in New
York. The deal is expected to close by the end of this year.
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According to IMS Research, photovoltaic (PV) module
production capacity increased by almost 70% during 2010, reaching nearly
30GW by the end of the year. It is forecast to continue increasing
despite the growth of PV installations being predicted to slow from more
than 100% in 2010 to less than 20% in 2011.
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module capacity, visit the EC&M website.
What caused the electrocution death of a Minnesota Power,
Duluth, Minn., employee at a Schroeder worksite in September remains a
mystery, even after a state investigation wrapped up last week. The
nearly five-month probe by the Minnesota Occupational Safety and Health
Administration found no hazards at the site that could have caused the
death of Kyle Damberg, a longtime company employee whose body was found
in a building under construction. No citations will be issued in the
incident for unsafe practices, the final report says.
information, read the complete story on the Duluth
The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) invites you to
submit an abstract for consideration to speak at the 34th World Energy
Engineering Congress, being held October 12-14 in Chicago, Ill. Suggest
topics include energy basics, energy management, renewable energy, and
power generation. Online submission forms are due by February 11. For
more information, visit the AEE website.
PowerTest 2011: Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference
will take place from February 21-24 in Washington, D.C. Panel sessions
for this year's event include a safety Summit, transformer panel, and
cable panel. For more information and to register, visit the PowerTest
Electric West is scheduled for February 22-24 in Long Beach,
Calif. Topics for this year's sessions include:
For more information and to register, visit www.electricshow.com
Practices & Profitability
- Code Changes &
- Measurement and Testing
Quality and Reliability
- Renewable Technologies/Green