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Vol. X, No. 3
Greenwashing
AIA Releases Semi-Annual Consensus Construction Forecast
AGC Reports Construction Industry Loses 32,000 Jobs in January
North American EBCIs Firmly in Expansionary Territory in January
IEC and e8 Hold Roundtable to Confirm EV Standards
Licensed Electrician in New Hampshire
Electrical Contract in North Dakota
Industry News
Lighting Retrofit Revenues Expected to Grow in 2011
OSHA Cites Alabama Companies for Electrical Violations
IAS 2011
Electric West 2011
EGSA 2011 Spring Convention
EHX 2011
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Greenwashing

For the March issue's cover story, EC&M will discuss green products used in electrical construction industry. What products are electrical engineers specifying to give clients the best return on investment (ROI)? Which ones claim to save energy but don't work very well? If you're an engineer who specifies green products or a contractor who installs them and would like to discuss your experience, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. Your comments may be used for publication in the article.

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Around the Circuit

AIA Releases Semi-Annual Consensus Construction Forecast

A slow recovery period is projected for the non-residential construction industry this year, and 2011 spending levels are not anticipated to be enough to show growth over 2010 figures. While activity for institutional projects should hover near 2010 levels, there is likely to be a modest decline in commercial construction. Overall non-residential construction spending is expected to decrease by 2% in 2011, with 2012 seeing an increase of 5% in inflation adjusted terms.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.

AGC Reports Construction Industry Loses 32,000 Jobs in January

The construction unemployment rate jumped to 22.5% in January 2011 as the sector lost another 32,000 jobs since December 2010, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. The new data underscores the challenges facing the industry as the stimulus winds down and demand for private and public construction remain weak, association officials note.

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North American EBCIs Firmly in Expansionary Territory in January

Rossyln, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)'s Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions continued to point to a broadly improving environment in January. The index measured 63.6, down slightly from December's 68, but near the high end of the range of readings recorded since the beginning of the third quarter of 2010. A reading above 50 indicates more panelists reported conditions improved compared to the previous month than reported they worsened.

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IEC and e8 Hold Roundtable to Confirm EV Standards

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) and e8, a global organization of ten world-leading electricity companies, for the first time have brought together all major stakeholders that need to collaborate to accelerate the global roll-out of electric vehicles (EVs). At this high-level international roundtable that took place on January 19 in Washington D.C., and which represents a milestone in the future growth of these vehicles, all participants confirmed that the IEC’s existing and proposed international standards for EV charging satisfy their global needs.

To read more on this story, visit EC&M's website.

Project Watch

Licensed Electrician in New Hampshire

The New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services, Concord, N.H., is soliciting bids from licensed electricians to perform regularly scheduled maintenance projects as well as provide emergency electrical repairs at Glencliff Home, Glencliff, N.H., a long-term geropsychiatric facility, from July 1, 2011, through June 30, 2013. Deadline for bids is February 25.For more information, download a pdf of the advertisement for bids.

Electrical Contract in North Dakota

Lutheran Social Services. South Fargo, N.D., is seeking bids for construction of the Northwood Manor Capital Improvement Needs, Northwood, N.D. Combined general, mechanical, and electrical proposals will be received until 2 p.m. CST on March 8. Proposed contract documents may be examined at Michael J. Burns Architects, Ltd., 824 Center Ave., Moorhead, Minn. Questions may be directed to (218) 233-6620.

Web Exclusives

Industry News

Odenton, Md.-based Independent Electrical Contractors — Chesapeake Chapter (IECC) and The University System of the District of Columbia, Washington, D.C., are pleased to announce a joint effort to offer a regional accelerated electrical apprenticeship program that combines hands-on-training with course-based instruction through UDC's Community College (CCDC). Beginning Spring 2011, CCDC workforce students in electrical programs will team with electrical contractors to gain on-the-job experience. In addition, new electrical contractor apprentices in Washington, D.C., Maryland, and Virginia will participate in CCDC electrical courses.

For more Industry News, visit the EC&M website.

Lighting Retrofit Revenues Expected to Grow in 2011

Energy-efficient lighting industry professionals are anticipating strong business in 2011 as a result of continued investment in energy-efficiency projects, according to a survey by Yorba Linda, Calif.-based Precision-Paragon [P2], a division of Hubbell Lighting, Inc.

To read more about the growth in lighting retrofit projects, visit the EC&M website.

Eye on Safety

OSHA Cites Alabama Companies for Electrical Violations

Tri-Cities Manufacturing Inc., and Tool Masters Inc., both located in Tuscumbia, Ala., face a combined $121,800 in penalties for 40 safety and health violations from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Violations include failing to lockout/tagout energy sources for equipment and various electrical deficiencies, according to OSHA. The companies have 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference, or contest the findings.

Call for Papers

IAS 2011

The 2011 IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) Annual Meeting — IAS 2011 — is scheduled for October 9-13 in Orlando, Fla. The conference will address the technical interests related to industrial applications of electrical energy. Currently, papers are being solicited on subjects falling within the respective scopes of the technical committees of the IEEE IAS listed below:

  • The Power System Engineering Committee is soliciting papers relating to electrical safety and to design, analysis, maintenance, or monitoring of electrical generation or distribution systems in industrial, commercial, or institutional facilities. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to: Dr. Massimo Mitolo at mmitolo@chugassman.com.
  • The Energy Systems Committee is soliciting papers related to energy sources, energy management, system control, and related issues in industrial, commercial, or institutional facilties. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to Prof. Wei-Jen Lee at wlee@uta.edu.
  • The Codes and Standards Committee is soliciting papers related to electrical codes and standards governing the application and installation of the electrical infrastructure in industrial, commercial, or institutional facilties. Drafts of proposed papers should be sent to Mr. Daleep Mohla at d.c.mohla@ieee.org.
Draft manuscripts should be submitted by e-mail to the identified individuals by March 1. For more information, visit IAS 2011.

Shows & Events

Electric West 2011

Electric West is scheduled for February 22-24 in Long Beach, Calif. Topics for this year's sessions include:

  • Business Practices & Profitability
  • Code Changes & Standards
  • Design
  • Lighting
  • Safety
  • Measurement and Testing
  • Power Quality and Reliability
  • Renewable Technologies/Green Business
  • Residential/Industrial/Commercial Applications
For more information and to register, visit www.electricshow.com.

EGSA 2011 Spring Convention

The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) will present its annual Spring Convention from March 13-15 in New Orleans. Topics at this year's event include green technologies, field service etiquette, and energy and environmental threats. For more information and to register, visit www.egsa.org.



EHX 2011

EXH 2011 is scheduled for March 17-19 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for educational sessions include home health tech, IP for technicians, marketing strategies, RF lighting control systems, and applications and system design. For more information and to register, visit www.ehxweb.com.


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2011 Electroforecast
Notwithstanding recent lower-than-expected employment numbers and a mid-year stall in the housing market, the general U.S. economy has been showing some signs of recovery since the recession ended in June 2009. However, with its 12- to 24-month lag behind the general economy, non-residential construction is not expected to experience a substantial uptick in 2011. Read the complete 2011 EC&M Electroforecast.

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