January 31, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV, No. 2


CONTENTS
Solar Association Promotes Commercialization of Photovoltaic Market

Manufacturer Announces Recall of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs

Chinese Researchers to Build First
Wave Power Station

ABC Honors Colorado Electrical Firm

Maryland Correctional Facility to
Build New Housing Unit

Tulsa Board of Commissioners Issues Call for Bids for Construction of Health Center

Eye on Safety

Spring 2005 Electronic House Expo

PEARL Annual Membership Meeting

National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management Show


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    Around the Circuit
    Solar Association Promotes Commercialization of Photovoltaic Market
    The United States currently trails Europe and Japan in solar industry manufacturing and deployment. To boost the domestic solar electricity market, the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) has called upon Congress to enact sustained, annually declining tax credits for solar deployment on homes and businesses. The SEIA presented a report titled "Our Solar Power Future: The U.S. Photovoltaic Industry Roadmap for 2030 and Beyond" during the Jan. 26 Capitol Hill briefing. If SEIA's plan is implemented, it would lower retail solar electricity prices in the next decade and generate 60,000 U.S. solar industry jobs and $34 billion in new manufacturing investments. Download a PDF of the report.


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    Manufacturer Announces Recall of Compact Fluorescent Light Bulbs
    Technical Consumer Products, Inc., an Aurora, Ohio-based manufacturer, has recalled 158,000 three-way compact fluorescent light bulbs that can pose a burn hazard to consumers through overheating and sparking. The manufacturer has received 16 reports of overheating bulbs, but so far, no injuries have been reported. The recalled bulbs have the following item numbers, which can be found on the bulb's base and the back of the package -- 283-924, 575-717, and 69032. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission warns consumers to stop using the products immediately and call 800-397-2647 for a free replacement or a gift card. View a PDF of the product recall announcement.

    Chinese Researchers to Build First
    Wave Power Station

    Chinese scientists are currently developing a stable electrical flow generated by waves, and by the end of this year, the team expects to build a complete wave power station. In the testing stage, a generator produced about 6kW, which can be used for powering lights, computers, air conditioners, and sea water desalination systems. A chief scientist estimated that a small wave power station with a total generation capacity of 50kW could supply enough electricity for an entire coastal village.

    ABC Honors Colorado Electrical Firm
    A Littleton, Colo., electrical contractor will compete for the title of Craft Professional of the Year. Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) selected seven finalists in the fields of welding, electrical, pipefitting, carpentry, plumping, HVAC, and concrete/metal building. The candidates are evaluated on such criteria as mastery of job-related skills, jobsite and safety performance record, leadership, and professionalism. Ray Drinkwater from Griener Electric will compete against the other six finalists for the opportunity to win a new pickup truck.


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    Project Watch
    Maryland Correctional Facility to
    Build New Housing Unit

    The Maryland Department of General Services invites contractors to submit a proposal for a $18.4 million project at the Maryland Correctional Training Center in Hagerstown, Md. The scope of work includes design services for the construction of a 192-cell housing unit and the addition and renovation of support spaces. Each firm must submit a Letter of Interest to the Office of the GPSSB, 301 W. Preston St., Room M-6B, Baltimore, MD 21201 by 5 p.m. on Feb. 7. For more information, view the bid notice.

    Tulsa Board of Commissioners Issues Call for Bids for Construction of Health Center
    The city of Tulsa, Okla., is building a new health center and is looking for a contractor to provide electrical services. The Tulsa Board of County Commissioners will be accepting bids for the construction of the Morton Health Center until 4 p.m. on Feb. 14. Bids must be sent to the County Clerk in Room 117, Tulsa County Administration Building, 500 South Denver, Tulsa, OK 74103. For more information, read the bid notice.


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    Zone Exclusives
    Eye on Safety
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works to improve worker safety and health through cooperative partnerships. OSHA recently announced a partnership with the Atlanta Electrical Contractors Association, Local 613 of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Atlanta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee, and the Georgia Tech Research Institute. On Jan. 13, the five entities signed the agreement, which will provide a safer workplace for electricians in north and central Georgia. "This partnership provides an opportunity for the partners to come together and build on the value of safety and health for unionized electrical workers in the Atlanta area," says Cindy Coe Laseter, OSHA's Atlanta regional administrator.


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    Shows and Events
    Spring 2005 Electronic House Expo
    The residential market for installed home electronics and related services is estimated at $16 billion. Electrical firms can learn how to break into this market by attending the Electronic House Expo from Feb. 22-26 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. Ten leaders in the custom electronics industry will share their success stories and predict the future of the industry at the keynote address. Exhibitors will also showcase the latest technological advancements in structured wiring, security, home automation, multi-room audio, and home theater. For more information, visit the Electronic House Expo Web site.

    PEARL Annual Membership Meeting
    Learn about the latest in insulation resistance testing and participate in a golf tournament at the annual Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL) meeting from Feb. 27-March 1 at MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Gary Alexander, the president of the Surplus Equipment Consortium Network, will deliver the keynote address titled, "Moving to the Next Level in Surplus Equipment." Check out the conference program for more information.

    National Plant Engineering and Facilities Management Show
    Plant engineering professionals who plan, specify, install, maintain, and operate industrial facilities and systems can see the latest products and meet new suppliers at the National Manufacturing Week from March 7-10 at the McCormick Place in Chicago. The show will be held in conjunction with Envirotech and Cleantech. To learn more about the show, use the conference search engine. You can also register for a free Exhibit pass.
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