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Vol. X, No. 9
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Jobsite Hazards
Construction Industry's Unemployment Rate Declines Slightly in April
North American Business Conditions Improved for Sixth Straight Month in April
March Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 57.6%
Pike Research Publishes First Fuel Cells Annual Report
Lightning Protection in Pennsylvania
Electrical Maintenance and Repairs in Florida
NEMA Publishes American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment — Solar Lighting Systems
Offshore Wind Power Capacity to Boom in the Next Six Years
Industry Week Reports on Research by The Boston Consulting Group
LED Street Lighting Retrofit Helps Waukesha Reduce Energy Costs
Company Contests OSHA Findings in Livingston Co. Wind Farm Accident
West Coast EMC
Pulp & Paper Industry Conference
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Jobsite Hazards

With the country's emphasis on energy efficiency and conservation, construction spending for retrofit projects is on the rise. However, with these projects can sometimes come additional risks, such as contact with mold, lead, asbestos, and other hazardous materials. If you're an electrical contractor that has experience working in these environments, 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

Construction Industry's Unemployment Rate Declines Slightly in April

The construction industry added 5,000 jobs in April while the industry’s unemployment rate declined slightly to 17.8%, still nearly 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. Association officials say the figures continue a year-long trend of little change in construction employment after years of steep declines and predicted the stagnation is unlikely to change soon.

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

North American Business Conditions Improved for Sixth Straight Month in April

Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) recently released its latest monthly survey of senior member company executives. The survey finds that business conditions improved for the sixth month in a row in April. The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions measured 57.1. While down slightly from the 60.9 mark recorded in March, a reading above 50 indicates more panelists reported better conditions compared to the previous month than reported worse conditions.

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

March Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 57.6%

March U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $511.15 million according to American Machine Tool Distributors’ Association (AMTDA) and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT). This total, as reported by companies participating in the U.S. Manufacting Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 57.6% from February and up 99.0% when compared with the total of $256.88 million reported for March 2010. With a year-to-date total of $1,203.57 million, 2011 is up 118.6% compared with 2010.

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

Pike Research Publishes First Fuel Cells Annual Report

Adoption of fuel cell powered products is gathering increasing momentum from a wide variety of sectors. The shift from an R&D-based industry to a fully commercial one is well underway but has not been without its setbacks. The reasons for the groundswell of interest are as varied as the sectors that the technology is becoming embedded into. Whether it is the desire to future-proof a home, roll out off-grid mobile base stations in rural Africa, decarbonize transport, clean up ports, reduce energy dependence on oil producing nations, or to increase the resilience of energy networks, fuel cell technology is one of a suite of solutions that is being utilized. The first Pike Research, Boulder, Colo., "Fuel Cells Annual Report" analyzes the state of the global fuel cell industry, its key barriers and drivers, where the industry could be in 2017, and why 2015 is shaping up to be such a crucial point for the industry. This report is produced from extensive industry interviews as well as the Pike Research fuel cell forecast model.

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

Project Watch

Lightning Protection in Pennsylvania

The Delaware River Port Authority of Pennsylvania and New Jersey, Camden, N.J., is seeking bids for the installation of a lightning protection system at its Birch Street Electrical Substation, Hazelton, Pa. Bids are due by 11 a.m. EST on May 26. For more information, visit www.drpa.org.

Electrical Maintenance and Repairs in Florida

The School District of Lee County, Fort Myers, Fla., is soliciting sealed bids for electrical maintenance and repairs. Project scope includes electrical maintenance and repairs on an as-needed basis as may be requested at various district locations. The deadline for bids is 2 p.m. EST on June 2. For more information, visit the district's website.

Web Exclusives

NEMA Publishes American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment — Solar Lighting Systems

Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published ANSI C136.40-2011, "American National Standard for Roadway and Area Lighting Equipment — Solar Lighting Systems." This new standard, produced by the ANSI Committee 136 for Roadway and Area Lighting, defines requirements for the specification and installation of DC solar-powered roadway and area lighting systems. Topics addressed include light source requirements, batteries, internal labeling, and power controls. As municipalities look for ways to take advantage of solar-powered equipment, this standard will provide valuable guidance for installations.

To read more on this new standard, visit the EC&M website.

Offshore Wind Power Capacity to Boom in the Next Six Years

According to the report “Offshore Wind Power” from Pike Research, as global investment in wind turbines continues to increase and a greater percentage of the world’s electricity supply comes from wind energy resources, developers, manufacturers, governments, and investors are turning their attention to offshore wind farms as a means of further expanding wind power capacity. Despite key challenges facing the industry, the report forecasts that investment in offshore wind power will surge in the next several years and, as a result, total installed power generation capacity will increase by a factor of 17 between 2011 and 2017, rising from just 4.1GW of installed capacity to 70.1GW by the end of the forecast period.

To read more on this report, visit the EC&M website.

Industry Week Reports on Research by The Boston Consulting Group

Industry Week reports on new analysis by The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) that predicts net labor costs for manufacturing in China and the United States to converge by around 2015. "All over China, wages are climbing at 15% to 20% a year because of the supply-and-demand imbalance for skilled labor," says Harold L. Sirkin, a BCG senior partner. "We expect net labor costs for manufacturing in China and the U.S. to converge by around 2015. As a result of the changing economics, you’re going to see a lot more products 'Made in the USA' in the next five years."

To read more about this report, visit the EC&M website.

LED Street Lighting Retrofit Helps Waukesha Reduce Energy Costs

After making the decision to switch to a more energy-efficient method of street lighting in the spring of 2009, the City of Waukesha, Wis., applied for and received American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) grant money to retrofit 1,200 existing streetlights with a more energy-efficient alternative. Soon thereafter, the city offered interested lighting manufacturers the opportunity to provide sample products, which were installed and monitored for energy savings and overall lighting quality for a period of six months. Ultimately, the city evaluated products from 14 different vendors.

To read more about this story, visit the EC&M website.

Eye on Safety

Company Contests OSHA Findings in Livingston Co. Wind Farm Accident

A wind farm servicing company is contesting six safety violations that resulted in a $378,000 fine after an employee received severe burns at a Livingston County wind farm last fall. Steve Scott, Outland Renewable Services president and COO, recently told a reporter at The Pantagraph, Bloomington, Ill., that the company notified the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that it disagrees with the agency's findings following investigation of an incident at the Iberdrola Streator Cayuga Ridge South Wind Farm.

For more on this story, visit www.pantagraph.com.

Shows & Events

West Coast EMC

The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) will take place from June 15-16 in Long Beach, Calif. Topics for seminars include building energy simulation, energy auditing, renewable energy, and building commissioning. For more information and to register, visit www.energyevent.com.

Pulp & Paper Industry Conference

The 57th IEEE/IAS Pulp & Paper Industry Conference is scheduled for June 19-23 in Nashville, Tenn. Tracks for technical papers to be presented include arc flash, grounding systems, adjustable speed drives, harmonics, process control, application case studies, test equipment, and standards and regulations. For more information and to register, visit the pulppaper.org.


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