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Vol. X, No. 17
Producer Price Index for Construction Materials Is Up 7.9% for the Year
Reed Construction Data Includes Possibility of Recession in its Economic Forecast
NEMA Supports Transfer of DOE Transmission Corridor Authority to FERC
Pike Research Releases Report on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations
Biomass System in Maine
Electrical Circuit Relocation and Replacement in New York
The Backup Plan
Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake is Proud To Welcome Its Newest Partner Member
IES Publishes Standard on the Commissioning Process
M.C. Dean, Inc. to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011
Man Electrocuted at Rock Crushing Plant in Washington
IEC National Convention & Electrical Expo
Electric Expo 2011
Solar Power International
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Producer Price Index for Construction Materials Is Up 7.9% for the Year

The amount contractors pay for a range of key construction materials declined in August, but contractors continue to be squeezed as materials cost increases have outstripped the price of finished buildings over the past year, according to an analysis of producer price index figures released recently by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. "The disparity between contractors’ materials costs and their selling prices threatens to push some firms and their hard-pressed workers out of business,” said Ken Simonson, the association’s chief economist. “Contractors just aren’t catching any breaks when it comes to current market conditions.”

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Reed Construction Data Includes Possibility of Recession in its Economic Forecast

Bernard M. Markstein, Reed Construction Data's chief economist, recently offered a revised prediction, which includes a recession scenario, for the firm's economic forecast. "In our recession scenario, the current (third) quarter is subpar, with growth barely above zero," Markstein writes. "The next four quarters then exhibit decline, with the first and second quarters of 2012 down the most. Fourth quarter 2012 is mildly positive, with stronger growth in 2013."

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NEMA Supports Transfer of DOE Transmission Corridor Authority to FERC

Citing its commitment to improving the regulatory environment for the planning, development, siting, and construction of transmission infrastructure, the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) weighed in at the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in support of the transfer from DOE to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) of certain directives regarding transmission corridors authorized under the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (EPAct05). In a letter to DOE, NEMA offered its support for a draft proposal that would put into a single agency all EPAct05 authorities related to improving interstate transmission infrastructure in the most congested areas of the country.

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Pike Research Releases Report on Electric Vehicle Charging Station Installations

Electric vehicles (EVs) are being delivered by the thousands each month. The power delivery infrastructure that enables vehicles to charge at home, at the workplace, and in public spaces is simultaneously being rolled out. A new report from Boulder, Colo.-based Pike Research forecasts that by 2017 more than 1.5 million locations to charge vehicles will be available in the United States, with a total of 7.7 million locations worldwide. The cleantech market intelligence firm anticipates that increasing demand for charge points will be driven in part by a rapid decline in electric vehicle supply equipment (EVSE) prices, which will require manufacturers to adapt their business models as volumes continue to increase.

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Project Watch

Biomass System in Maine

Northern Maine Community College, Presque Isle, Maine, is seeking bids for electrical and other work required for the installation of a new biomass boiler, pellet storage silo, interconnecting piping, controls, and appurtenances to complete the installation of the new biomass system. The work to be performed under this contract shall be completed on or before April 30, 2012. The deadline for bids is September 21. For more information, visit The Portland Press Herald classifieds.

Electrical Circuit Relocation and Replacement in New York

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey is soliciting bids for relocating and replacing electrical circuits into electrical conduits and abandoning embedded conduits and related work at the runway decks and the vicinities thereof at LaGuardia Airport, Queens, N.Y. Bids are due at 2:30 p.m. EST on October 18. For more information, visit the Port Authority's website.

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Web Exclusives

The Backup Plan

The restoration of Winn-Dixie’s New Orleans East Store, built as a prototype store to showcase all of its latest design concepts, includes a low-profile addition: a 600kW diesel generator from Cummins Power Generation that is capable of providing electricity to the entire store in the event of a power outage. The unit comes complete with automatic transfer switches (ATSs) and a 3,600-gal sub-base fuel tank. The standby generator, which features a PowerCommand iWatchTM wireless monitoring system that links the generator set with cellular and satellite networks, sits atop an 8-ft-high, flood-protected platform.

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Independent Electrical Contractors Chesapeake is Proud To Welcome Its Newest Partner Member

Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) Chesapeake welcomes North American Board of Certified Energy Practitioners (NABCEP) as its newest partner member. NABCEP's executive director, Ezra Auerbach said, "We are pleased to become a partner member of IEC Chesapeake because we see its commitment to providing training to electrical workers as very compatible with our mission to improve installation standards in the PV industry."

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IES Publishes Standard on the Commissioning Process

The Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) announces a new document on the commissioning process: DG-29-11, "Design Guide for The Commissioning Process Applied to Lighting and Control Systems." The document describes the technical requirements for commissioning lighting and control systems to achieve owner performance criteria in new construction.

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M.C. Dean, Inc. to Sponsor U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011

The Solar Decathlon, which will be held at the National Mall’s West Potomac Park in Washington, D.C., from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2, is an award-winning program that challenges 20 collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and visually appealing. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.

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Eye on Safety

Man Electrocuted at Rock Crushing Plant in Washington

James Hussey, 38, died from electrocution around 9:30 a.m. on September 13 working with a charged line at Doneen Gravel Pit near Colfax, Wash. Hussey, of Peck, Idaho, was transferring the generator electrical lines with other DeAtley Crushing Service, Lewiston, Idaho, employees when he came in contact with a live line. A medical helicopter responded, and Hussey was pronounced dead at the scene by officials from Spokane Trauma Centers. Officers said the Whitman County Coroner's Office and the Mining Safety and Health Administration are investigating the incident.

Shows & Events

IEC National Convention & Electrical Expo

The 54th Annual IEC National Convention & Electrical Expo will take place from October 11-14 in Louisville, Ky. Topics for training sessions at this year's event include electrical theory, Code, motor control, blueprint reading, and leadership and supervision. For more information, and to register, visit the IEC website.

Electric Expo 2011

The Electrical Association of Philadelphia will present its Electric Expo 2011 from October 12-13 in King of Prussia, Pa. Topics for seminars include sustainability, safe facilities, lighting, and the NEC. For more information and to register, visit the event's website.

Solar Power International

Solar Power International is scheduled for October 17-20 in Dallas. Topics for sessions include finance strategies and policy changes and technology. For more information and to register, visit the Solar Power International website.


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