September 30, 2004 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. III No. 18
CONTENTS
Solar Homes Bill Could Heat Up California's Photovoltaic Market

EC&M Sells 2004 Research Report on Top 50 Electrical Contracting Firms

NAED Launches Campaign to Work with Electrical Contracting Firms

Chesterfield County Public Schools Searches for Contractor to Provide Voice/Data Services

University of Missouri-Columbia Announces Future Construction Projects

Fighting the Many Forms of Corrosion

Eye on Safety

On the Job and Out to Lunch

NECA Show

Consumer Electronics Association Industry Forum

Solar Power 2004 Conference and Trade Show


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    Around the Circuit
    Solar Homes Bill Could Heat Up California's Photovoltaic Market
    California's solar energy market could soon get a boost from new legislation, which calls for placing solar panels on 1 million new and existing homes over the next 13 years. The bill, which was passed by the Senate and supported by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, will require builders to install photovoltaic systems on 15% of all new single-family homes by 2006 and 55% of the homes by 2010. Builders must also offer solar panels as an option on all new houses in every subdivision with at least 25 homes by 2008. "Solar power is much more cost-effective when included in the construction of new homes," says Sen. Kevin Murray, D-Los Angeles, who sponsored Senate Bill 1652. "This bill simply requires that builders phase in solar systems during construction, reducing energy costs and air pollution at the same time."


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    EC&M Sells 2004 Research Report on Top 50 Electrical Contracting Firms
    The nation's largest electrical contracting firms faced a slow construction market in 2003, leading to a drop in sales for half of the companies on EC&M's fifth annual Top 50 Electrical Contractors listing. On the bright side, however, the Top 50 posted an average year-to-year sales growth rate of 1.4% in 2003, as compared to an 8% decline in sales from 2001 to 2002. To learn more about these top players, ElectricalZone readers are invited to purchase an exclusive research report on EC&M's Web site. The report includes a table that ranks the firms by 2003 revenues, detailed capsule summaries, colorful project photos, a list of the companies' contact information, and a sample cover letter and survey.

    NAED Launches Campaign to Work with Electrical Contracting Firms
    The National Association of Electrical Distributors (NAED) is working to raise awareness among the electrical contracting community about the value of working with an NAED-approved distributor. The association recently published a brochure, which directs contractors to an online searchable directory of NAED-approved distributors. The publication also lists tips on how electrical contractors can reduce labor costs through clarifying specifications, preplanning for special needs, using a distributor's expertise, and scheduling material to be delivered directly to the jobsite.


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    Project Watch
    Chesterfield County Public Schools Searches for Contractor to Provide Voice/Data Services
    Firms interested in providing voice/data services for Chesterfield County Public Schools must submit their bids by 5 p.m. on Oct. 13 to the Chesterfield County Purchasing Department. The bids should be sent to the Administration Building, Room 402, Fourth Floor, 9901 Lori Road, Chesterfield, VA 23832-0051. Voice services include local dial tone, Centrex, inbound/outbound PRI trunking, and long-distance service. Data services include T-1, ATM, frame relay, Internet, OC3, and TLS. Read the request for proposal.

    University of Missouri-Columbia Announces Future Construction Projects
    The University of Missouri in Columbia, Mo., recently released a list of construction projects with bid dates from October 2004 to September 2005 on its Web site. The site lists the scope of the projects, the estimated bid amounts, and the anticipated advertisement and bid dates. The projects include the construction of a free-standing Swine Research and Resource Center building and the renovation of a wing of the Medical Science Building's third floor for the Department of Surgery. For more information, e-mail the planning, design, and construction documents coordinator.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Fighting the Many Forms of Corrosion
    You can't see corrosion happening, but you can't miss its effects. Chris Walsh of EGS Electrical Group explains how to combat rust and other forms of corrosion, which cause more than
    $300 billion in damage per year. Visit the EC&M Web site for the full article.


    Eye on Safety
    The Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) has expanded its Web site to include information on how to safely handle electrical equipment that has been exposed to water through flooding, firefighting activities, and hurricanes. ESFI partnered with the National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) to post a 12-page brochure titled "Guidelines for Handling Water Damaged Electrical Equipment" on its Web site. The publication outlines which items require complete replacement or reconditioning.

    On the Job and Out to Lunch
    Everyone makes mistakes. Some are just funnier than others. Got a story about a jobsite blunder you'd like to share? Send us your story of embarrassing on-the-job mistakes for use in EC&M's new column called Short Circuits. If we publish it, we'll send you a check for $25. Read the latest stories from your fellow readers.


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    Shows and Events
    NECA Show
    NECA is celebrating its golden anniversary in the City of Angels. The association's annual trade show will take place Oct. 16-19 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. James Bradley, a New York Times bestselling author, will present the opening general session. Attendees will also have the opportunity to select from a variety of management sessions on topics such as the rules of successful contracting, flat rate service pricing, and an overview of OSHA regulations for electrical jobsites. NECA will also offer technical workshops on power quality in communications facilities, the basics of the arc-flash hazard, and improving cash flow. Download a conference brochure or visit the NECA Web site for more information.

    Consumer Electronics Association Industry Forum
    Learn how to stay competitive in the marketplace, network with key industry leaders, and become aware of the latest tools and technology at the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Industry Forum. The event will take place Oct. 18-20 at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco. Executives from such companies as Eastman Kodak Co., Best Buy, and Texas Instruments will lead in-depth sessions. Attendees will also be able to participate in CEA's division meetings to help shape the association's public policy, technical standards, consumer outreach, and research programs. Download the registration form or visit the event Web site for more information.

    Solar Power 2004 Conference and Trade Show
    San Francisco, which leads the state in solar installations, will serve as the location for Solar Power 2004. The conference and expo will take place Oct. 18-21 at the Hyatt Regency San Francisco. Organizers expect more than 800 executives, utility representatives, builders, contractors, and engineers to attend the conference. The event's program will cover business and finance, technology adoption, and public policy issues for residential and commercial photovoltaic applications. For more information and to register online, visit the Solar Power 2004 Web site.

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