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Vol. X, No. 5
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Construction Spending Drops to Decade-Long Low in January
Construction Industry Adds 33,000 Jobs Between January and February
CABA Completes Energy Research Project
NEMA Publishes Two Standards for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment
Electrical Work in New York
Electrical Subcontractor Requested in California
Celebrating a Milestone
ID Lamp Indexes Decline during Fourth Quarter 2010
Snake Tray Installs Solar System
Indoor Power Center Makes Chicago Mercantile Exchange More Efficient
Electrified Plate Shocks One Dog, Electrocutes Another
ABC EdCon & Expo
IEEE I&CPS 2011
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Around the Circuit

Construction Spending Drops to Decade-Long Low in January

Construction spending slumped 0.7% from $798 billion in December to $792 billion in January, the lowest seasonally adjusted annual rate since July 2000, the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va., notes recently in an analysis of new Census Bureau data. Association officials note that nearly every private non-residential category plunged, offsetting pickups in some residential and public non-residential segments. They added that since January 2010, construction spending has declined by 5.9%.

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Construction Industry Adds 33,000 Jobs Between January and February

The construction industry added 33,000 jobs in February, even as the industry’s unemployment rate reached 21.8%, more than twice the national average, according to an analysis of new federal employment data released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. As welcome as the new figures are, association officials caution that it was too early to tell whether the industry is improving or simply benefitting from the more favorable weather in February compared to the previous month.

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CABA Completes Energy Research Project

The Continental Automated Buildings Association (CABA), Ottawa, has completed a research study that measured consumers' opinions and attitudes about energy as a managed service in the home. CABA's study assesses and quantifies the key demand drivers and enablers that determine consumer appeal, interest, applicability, and potential adoption of home energy-management products and services. The report finds that the concept of energy as a managed service is appealing to the great majority of North American homeowners.

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NEMA Publishes Two Standards for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment

Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published two ANSI C136 series standards for roadway and area lighting equipment:

  • ANSI C136.15-2011, "American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Luminaire Field Identification"
  • ANSI C136.36A-2010, "American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment—Aluminum Lighting Poles"
Both standards were produced by the ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting.

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Project Watch

Electrical Work in New York

The Department of Education (DOE), Office of School Food (OSF), New York, is soliciting a request for bids to provide job order contracts (JOC) for electrical feeder work in school cafeterias. Contract costs are estimated at $600,000 annually, for five years, additionally the contract may be extended for a final period of up to 270 days at the discretion of the DOE. The estimated annual contract costs are based upon past usage. There will be a mandatory pre-bid conference held at 2 p.m. EST on March 17. Bids are due at 4 p.m. EST on March 31. For more information, log in to the Vendor Portal to download bid B1839. If you cannot download the bid, please send an e-mail to VendorHotline@schools.nyc.gov with the bid number and title in the subject line of your e-mail.

Electrical Subcontractor Requested in California

Gold Spring Construction Co., Oakland, Calif., is seeking bids from electrical contractors for the restroom renovation project at John Muir Middle School, San Leandro, Calif. Bids are due at 3 p.m. PST on March 22. For questions, contact Becky Lee at d an e-mail to goldspring737@yahoo.com.

Web Exclusives

Celebrating a Milestone

Hammond, Ind.-based IBEW Local No. 697, a union group of electrical workers covering Lake and Newton counties in Indiana, is celebrating 100 years of commitment to excellence. Chartered on June 12, 1911, IBEW Local No. 697 started with only nine electrical workers.

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ID Lamp Indexes Decline during Fourth Quarter 2010

NEMA's shipment indexes for high intensity discharge (HID) lamps declined by 11.7%, 17.1%, and 0.9% on a year-over-year basis for sodium vapor, mercury vapor, and metal-halide lamps, respectively. For the year as a whole, shipments of mercury vapor lamps also declined for the fourth consecutive year, dipping 2.7% compared to 2009. Conversely, sodium vapor and metal-halide HID lamp shipments increased during 2010 by 1.1% and 5.2%, respectively.

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Snake Tray Installs Solar System

In 2008, faced with increasing business costs, Roger Jette, president and founder of Snake Tray, a designer and manufacturer of electrical and communications cable management and power distribution systems based in Bay Shore, N.Y., was nearly convinced to uproot his manufacturing company from its Long Island location and move to Georgia. Instead of heading south to reduce business operating expenses, however, Jette decided to take a novel step. By investigating how best to power the entire production facility through its own renewable energy system, Jette determined he could save the company a significant amount of money — enough to keep the company in New York.

To read more about Snake Tray's solar system, visit the EC&M website.

Indoor Power Center Makes Chicago Mercantile Exchange More Efficient

When the 40-story, twin tower Chicago Mercantile Exchange Building (CME) needed a power makeover, it turned to Cooper Power Systems, a division of Cooper Industries based in Waukesha, Wis., for answers. The Triplex Indoor Power Center (IPC) at the CME is designed so that a building tenant might expect to see a 35% reduction in energy costs, up to a 20% reduction in HVAC costs, up to a 50% noise reduction level, and has 50% higher short term overload capacity compared to traditional indoor equipment choices.

To read more about the IPC at the CME, visit the EC&M website.

Eye on Safety

Electrified Plate Shocks One Dog, Electrocutes Another

The Toronto Transit Commission (TTC) is investigating an electrical incident that injured one dog and electrocuted another. A police officer was also injured when she touched the metal collar worn by one of the dogs. Police believe the electrical charge came from a metal plate near a utility pole. Toronto Hydro issued a statement saying that their equipment was not involved in the incident; rather, the incident was the result of a problem with overhead wires belonging to the TTC. The companies are still investigating the incidents.

Shows & Events

ABC EdCon & Expo

The Associated Builders & Contracts, Inc. (ABC), has scheduled its EdCon & Expo for April 12-15 in San Antonio. Topics for education sessions include 2011 NEC, design-build project delivery, prefabrication, and green building. For more information and to register, visit events.abc.org/edcon/.

IEEE I&CPS 2011

The 2011 IEEE Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference will take place from May 1-5 in Newport Beach, Calif. Technical papers to be presented at this year's event include "Power Systems Protection," "IEC Grounding Terminology Related to Typical North American Installations," "Unexpected Changes to the Protection of a 4,160V Motor," and "Power System Optimization for Industrial Facilities Using Power Studies." For more information and to register, visit the IEEE website.


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