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Vol. X, No. 24
"Speaking Out" Department Makes Its Debut
Construction Employment Rises in Only 19 States and Washington, D.C., in November
NEMA Remains Committed To and Supportive of Lighting Standards
Pike Research Report on EV Charging Equipment
IMS Research Report Reveals 40% of 3-Phase UPS Under Service Contract
Taxiway Rehabilitation in New York
Paging System Replacement in Iowa
OSHA Investigating Fatal Electrical Incident at Wisconsin Meatpacking Plant
BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition
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Coming Up in EC&M

"Speaking Out" Department Makes Its Debut

Starting with the January 2012 issue, EC&M is introducing a new department called "Speaking Out." Featured on the last editorial page of the magazine, this one-page piece will showcase the opinion of industry experts on timely topics that are making a significant impact on the electrical industry. Although not meant as a platform for furthering specific individual agendas, "Speaking Out" will be written with more of an editorial tone — at times presenting opinions, predictions, and solutions on somewhat controversial topics. Whether it's counterfeit electrical products, trade complaints on solar products, loss of electrical-related manufacturing jobs in this country, or how U.S. dependence on foreign metals will nearly double costs for lighting retailers and manufacturers (coming up in the January 2012 issue), the goal of this department is to take a look at the most pressing issues facing electrical professionals today.

Designed to get readers talking and sharing ideas/opinions, this new department is an opportunity for industry experts to write about topics they're passionate about. If you're interested in submitting an opinion piece for this column — or have a particular subject you'd like to read about — please contact Managing Editor Ellen Parson at ellen.parson@penton.com for additional details. We're looking for thought leaders in electrical trade organizations, electrical contracting and design firms, as well as plant facility experts to comment on the most pressing issues in the industry.

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Around the Circuit

Construction Employment Rises in Only 19 States and Washington, D.C., in November

Construction employment rose in only 19 states and Washington, D.C., in November, a weaker showing than in recent months, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of Labor Department data. In contrast, 25 states plus Washington, D.C., added jobs on a year-over-year basis, while 24 states shed construction jobs.

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

NEMA Remains Committed To and Supportive of Lighting Standards

The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), representing more than 95% of the U.S. lighting manufacturing industry, remains committed to and supportive of the lighting standards established in the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA 2007). A rider related to light bulbs on the FY 2012 Omnibus funding bill does not repeal or adjust the standards themselves or their effective timeline. NEMA did not support the inclusion of this rider, which imposes funding limitations on the U.S. Department of Energy to enforce the light bulb standards for FY2012.

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

Pike Research Report on EV Charging Equipment

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. By 2017, Pike Research forecasts that more than 1.5 million locations to charge vehicles will be available in the United States, with a total of nearly 7.7 million locations worldwide. The Asia Pacific region will lead global EV charging equipment sales due to strong government incentives and directives in China, Japan, and Korea. Over the next several years, initial investments in public infrastructure from governments will give way to the private sector.

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

IMS Research Report Reveals 40% of 3-Phase UPS Under Service Contract

IMS Research’s recent study, "The World Market for UPS Service and Support," estimates that 40% of all 3-phase uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) in the field have a service contract attached. The analyst firm forecasts that the number under contract will grow from roughly 280,000 at the end of 2011, to just over 350,000 at the end of 2015.

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

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Project Watch

Taxiway Rehabilitation in New York

The Procurement Department of The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey, Jersey City, N.J., is soliciting bids for the rehabilitation of Taxiway C at John F. Kennedy International Airport. The work under this contract consists generally of the rehabilitation of Taxiway C, including modification of fillets, adjustment of utilities, and realignment of centerline and taxiway lights. For more information, visit The Port Authority's website.

Paging System Replacement in Iowa

The Eastern Iowa Airport, Cedar Rapids, Iowa, is seeking sealed bids for its 2011 paging system replacement project. A pre-bid meeting will be held at 1 p.m. CST on January 4. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. CST on January 13. For more information, visit the airport's website.

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Eye on Safety

OSHA Investigating Fatal Electrical Incident at Wisconsin Meatpacking Plant

The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating after a worker died in an electrical accident at a western Wisconsin meatpacking plant on December 9. Edgar Rodriguez Becerra, 31, was working at the Valley Pride Packing plant in Norwalk, Wis. He was taken to Mayo Clinic Health System in Sparta, Wis., but later died from his injuries. The Monroe County Sheriff's Department is also investigating.

Shows & Events

BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition

The 2012 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition will take place from February 12-16 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for seminars at this year's event include data center efficiency, intelligent lighting, next-generation cabling, wireless, and optical fiber and cabling standards. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI website.


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