May 14, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 9
CONTENTS
New York City Post Offices Save $1.75 Million Annually in Energy Costs

Construction Spending Sets Record

Solar Array Powers City Hall in California

IEEE Standard to Address Qualifications for the Installation of Stationary Batteries

Renovation Projects Totaling $500 Million to Begin at Oakland Airport

Construction is Underway on
Record-Setting Toledo Project

Solid-State Lighting Earns Some Fans
at Lightfair

Eye on Safety

Electric Show

IEEE Power Engineering Society 2004
General Meeting

7x24 Exchange Spring Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    New York City Post Offices Save $1.75 Million Annually in Energy Costs
    The U.S. Postal Service cut its energy consumption and increased energy savings at more than 130 of its facilities in New York City. By investing more than $18 million in energy efficiency measures, the Postal Service expects to save 17,580,000 kWh in electricity and $1.75 million a year. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority provided more than $2 million in funding to assist ConEdison Solutions and the U.S. Postal Service with the energy upgrades.


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    Construction Spending Sets Record
    Increased public spending on construction and a strong housing market led to a nearly 8% year-to-date increase in the value of construction put in place. The total increased from a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $930 billion in February to $944 billion in March. The growth in the housing market offset the softness in the private nonresidential construction sector. In the first quarter of 2003, commercial construction was down 3%, the power sector dropped 7%, manufacturing decreased 5%, and lodging fell 4% as compared to the same period in 2003.

    Solar Array Powers City Hall in California
    A solar electrical system currently generates utility savings of $6,500 for the city of Vacaville, Calif. PowerLight Corp. installed a 4,100-square-foot solar electric system on the rooftop of the city hall in October 2003. The mayor of Vacaville recently dedicated the installation, which generates enough energy to power 40 homes during the daytime. Pacific Gas and Electric provided a $152,757 rebate for the project through the self-generation incentive program, which helps businesses and government agencies to install renewable energy projects.

    IEEE Standard to Address Qualifications for the Installation of Stationary Batteries
    The IEEE is developing a standard to help personnel who work with stationary batteries develop training programs for installation, operations, and maintenance. The IEEE P1657 "Guide for the Qualifications for Stationary Battery Installation, Maintenance, and Operations Personnel" will outline key areas of knowledge and provide training recommendations. The IEEE is also beginning to revise the standard for sizing lead-acid batteries in stationary applications. For more information about the project, which is sponsored by the Power Engineering Society Stationary Batteries Committee, visit the IEEE Web site.


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    Project Watch
    Renovation Projects Totaling $500 Million to Begin at Oakland Airport
    A $110 million renovation and remodeling project recently began on the expansion and remodeling of the Oakland International Airport's Terminal Two. The scope of work includes the addition of five new gates, a new baggage claims area, bigger lobbies, more efficient security checkpoints, and new retail and restaurant operations. The project is scheduled for completion in September 2006. By late 2004 or early 2005, construction will start on a $245 million job to construct a 6,000-space parking garage and consolidate the airport's rental car facilities into a single location. Turner Construction Co., which will serve as the general contractor for both projects, is still looking for subcontractors for the first phase of the projects, but a majority of the work has already been put out to bid. The parking garage project, however, won't likely be put out to bid for another three or four months, according to Turner. About 45% of the projects' consulting and subcontracting work must be done by companies in Oakland and nearby cities. For more information, read an article in the East Bay Business Times or visit the Oakland International Airport's Web site.

    Construction is Underway on
    Record-Setting Toledo Project

    The city of Toledo is rebuilding and renovating its district schools through the $800 million "Building for Success" program. The project is expected to take about 10 to 12 years and will be the largest in the city's history. For an overview of the current and future projects, visit the Building for Success Web site.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Solid-State Lighting Earns Some Fans
    at Lightfair

    LEDs were the "it" lighting technology this year in Las Vegas at Lightfair International 2004. Thanks to their low-voltage design and digital control capabilities, they won a few awards -- and the hearts of many attendees. Senior Editorial Consultant Joe Knisley reports in from the show floor. Visit the EC&M Web site for the full article.

    Eye on Safety
    Electrical accidents cause as many as 165,380 electrical fires, 910 deaths, and 7,000 injuries each year, according to Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI). Electrical professionals can promote electrical safety in the home, school, or workplace by participating in National Electrical Safety Month. To make it easier for individuals and associations to educate others about electrical safety, EFSI recently released the May Kit, which provides updated statistics, safety tips, and educational material. The focus for the 2004 campaign is "Make Safe Connections: Plug into Electrical Safety." An article in the kit provides safety tips related to outlets, power cords, extension cords, power strips and surge suppressors, GFCIs, and AFCIs. The kit is available free of charge on ESFI's Web site.


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    Shows and Events
    Electric Show
    After appearing in such cities as Orlando, New York, and Boston over the past 18 years, the Electric Show will finally make its debut in the Midwest. Electrical contracting firms, engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel are invited to attend the trade show and conference from May 25-27 at the Indianapolis Convention Center in Indianapolis. By preregistering, you can browse the products in the exhibit hall and attend select conference sessions free of charge. Attendees also have the opportunity to win $25,000 and passes to the Indy 500 on a Jackpot Machine located in the exhibit hall. Visit the Electric Show's Web site for more information. The winner of the 2004 EC&M Product of the Year competition will be announced at the Electric Show's general session, which will be from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Tuesday, May 25.

    IEEE Power Engineering Society 2004
    General Meeting

    Is it easy being green? Learn the answer at the IEEE Power Engineering Society 2004 General Meeting, which will explore alternative energy sources and voluntary emissions reduction initiatives. The meeting will take place from June 6-9 at the Adam's Mark Hotel in Denver. Attendees can select from more than 100 technical sessions. The highlights of the panel session include "Grid Reconstruction and Power Restoration Following Natural Disasters" and the "August 14 Blackout: What Happened and Recommendations." The special technical sessions include "Interconnecting Distributed Resources to the Electric Power System" and "System Grounding and Ground Fault Protection." Visit the conference Web site for more information.

    7x24 Exchange Spring Conference
    Professionals who work with data uptime issues often work in isolation when dealing with technical, budget, political, and career issues. The 7x24 exchange allows individuals who design, build, use, and maintain mission-critical enterprise information infrastructure to communicate and solve problems. The spring conference will take place June 6-9 at the Ritz-Carlton Orlando, Grande Lakes, in Orlando, Fla. For more information, download a PDF of the conference brochure.

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