For the October issue, EC&M is collecting stories of
power quality issues and how they were resolved. If you worked on
particularly tough projects involving voltage sags, spikes, electrical
noise, or harmonic distortion, etc., we want to hear from you. Contact
Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your
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Construction employment remained mired in a five-year slump
as the industry shed another 9,000 jobs from May to June, according to
an analysis of new federal employment data released today by the
Associated General Contractors of America. Association officials said
that declines in public sector construction activity will negate any
pickup in private sector demand unless Congress and states promptly and
fully fund needed infrastructure spending and streamline the approval
process for public projects.
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The very sour national jobs report for June included only
57,000 new private jobs, a loss of 39,000 government jobs, and a 44,000
cut in previous estimates of April and May jobs, according to Jim
Haughey, chief economist for Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga. Sixty
percent of the new private jobs were in the very low-paying leisure and
hospitality industry. Temporary service jobs dropped 10,000. 17,400 jobs
were cut in the usually steady education sector. Public sector layoffs
will continue into 2012 as the stimulus funds used to retain public jobs
are exhausted. The June employment report is much more pessimistic than
the slim job gain.
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Despite the challenging market conditions for the global wind
energy industry, this is a dynamic time for innovation in the market as
companies are pushing turbines to sizes never before thought practical
or economical. Some of the world’s top engineering challenges of the
21st century are taking place in factories longer than football fields.
But there is also much at stake as the companies push limits and take
major risks in an increasingly competitive sector.
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The Emerge Alliance, an open industry association leading the
rapid adoption of safe direct-current (DC) power distribution standards
for commercial buildings, recently announced a new wave of organizations
joining the Alliance. The newest members of the EMerge Alliance
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- GE Energy, Participating Member
- Intel Corporation, Participating Member
- Universal Electric Corporation, Starline DC Solutions, Participating
- PulseStar Technologies, Participating Member (upgrade)
- Power-One, General Member
- NextEnergy Center, Corresponding Member
- Dynamic Supplier Alignment, Supporting Member
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The West Virginia Higher Education Policy Commission,
Charleston, W.V., is seeking proposals for maintenance, troubleshooting,
switching (emergency and non-emergency), and management of system
records and drawings for the electrical distribution system at West
Virginia Education, Research, and Technology Park for a five year
period. Proposals will be received until 3 p.m. EST on August 4. For
more information, visit the the commission's website.
Allegheny County Department of Economic Development,
Pittsburgh, Pa., is preparing to release a request for bids for
electrical upgrades to the Shuman Center generator. Bidding will take
place in the next three months. For more information, visit the
Minority, Women and Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (MWDBE)
Governmental Committee website.
San Jose, Calif.-based Cupertino Electric, Inc. (CEI),
recently announced that the Thunder Valley Casino, whose electrical
infrastructure was built by CEI, will receive the Four Diamond Award
from AAA in 2012. The new, high-rise, 294-room hotel at the casino was
deemed Four-Diamond worthy by AAA based on a variety of criteria,
including guest services and amenities.
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The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has published an updated
version of the guide, "LED Luminaire Lifetime: Recommendations for
Testing and Reporting." Developed by a working group under the auspices
of DOE and the Next Generation Lighting Industry Alliance, the
publication is available in PDF format on the DOE website.
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The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA)
recently issued fines totaling $354,000 to P Gioioso & Sons, Hyde Park,
Mass., for exposing its employees to cave-in hazards at work sites in
Cambridge and Framingham, both in Massachusetts. The general contractor,
which primarily engages in the construction of underground water and
sewer mains, had already been cited seven times since 2000 for repeat
violations of OSHA's trenching and excavation safety standards.
OSHA has cited P Gioioso & Sons Inc. for four willful violations. The
contractor also has been cited for five serious violations. Finally, P
Gioioso & Sons has been issued three repeat citations with $42,000 in
fines for trenching and electrical hazards at the Framingham work site.
The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and
proposed penalties to comply, meet with OSHA's area director, or contest
the findings before the independent Occupational Safety and Health