March 15, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV No. 5

New Alliance Supports Commercialization of Photovoltaics

Long Island Power Authority Plans the Nation's Largest Fuel Cell Project

Proposal Could Simplify Energy Connection Standards in Washington State

Cast Your Vote Now!

Denver Department of Aviation to Accept Bids for Electric Power Preventive Maintenance and Testing

Mesa, Ariz. Seeks Contractor for Electrical Upgrades

Eye on Safety

International Security Conference & Expo West

Lightfair International

ACEC Annual Convention

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    Around the Circuit
    New Alliance Supports Commercialization of Photovoltaics
    To make the future bright for solar power, photovoltaic manufacturers recently launched a new organization geared at helping the United States achieve an annual 1 gigawatt market for distributed solar electricity by 2010. The primary mission of the Americans for Solar Power-PV Manufacturers Alliance (ASPv-PVMA) is to establish sustainable mainstream markets for cost-effective distributed solar power. The group plans to conduct research and educate opinion leaders and the public about the benefits of solar electricity. In 2005, the alliance will focus on California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger's Million Solar Roof's plan as well as regulatory initiatives in solar hot spots such as New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado. For more information, visit the ASPv-PVMA Web site.

    Measure Low Resistance With High Accuracy
    The 10A Micro-Ohmmeter Model 6250 measures low resistance with results within 0.05%. Resistance measurements are automatically calculated, taking into account the measurement value, ambient temperature, metal type and metal temperature co-efficient. Metal temperature can be manually entered by the operator or directly measured with an optional RTD temperature probe. Uniquely designed to conduct tests on both resistive and inductive material, with operator selection directly from the front panel. Up to 1,500 measurements can be stored and printed directly to a printer or from a PC.

    Long Island Power Authority Plans the Nation's Largest Fuel Cell Project
    After installing fuel cell units at hospitals, universities, town halls, and a fast-food restaurant, the Long Island Power Authority (LIPA) is working on one of the largest fuel cell generation projects in the country. The LIPA issued a request for proposals for a 10 MW facility that could provide enough electricity to power 10,000 homes. The fuel cell units will be installed at LIPA's substation in West Babylon, N.Y., and will be operational by next summer.

    Proposal Could Simplify Washington State's Energy Connection Standards
    The House of Representatives is considering a new bill to simplify standards for small power producers to connect to the electrical grid and expand net metering to 100kW. Jeff Morris (D-Anacortes), the chair of the Technology, Energy, and Communications committee, sponsored House Bill 1011 to help the state of Washington to become a hub for testing and deploying new energy technologies in North America. Today, a company would have to contend with 63 different connection standards when installing new electricity generation technologies in the state of Washington. This bill would create one standard for every utility in the state. For more information and to see a copy of the bill, visit the Web site for the Washington State Legislature.

    Cast Your Vote Now!
    Do you want the opportunity to win $100? Then visit the EC&M Web site by March 24 to cast your vote in EC&M's Product of the Year competition and help us to identify the best new product introduced in 2004 for the electrical industry. When you visit the EC&M home page, an automatic poll will pop up on the site. (Note: If you have a pop-up blocker program, it may prevent you from seeing the poll.) You then need to type in your contact information, choose your favorite product, and click submit. It's that simple. A panel of eight judges narrowed the field from 136 entrants to 25 category finalists, and now we need your help to determine the Platinum Award winner. The competition has honored innovation and excellence in product development in the electrical industry for the past five years.

    A Multimeter That Goes Wherever You Go
    The new 61-605 Pocket Meter from IDEAL lives up to its name. With built-in leads that store snuggly behind a useful test stand, the Pocket Meter is compact enough to slip into your pocket and forget about.
    And it conveniently always defaults to AC voltage. Visit for a complete profile of the most portable multimeter anywhere.

    Project Watch
    Denver Department of Aviation to Accept Bids for Electric Power Preventive Maintenance and Testing
    The City and County of Denver Department of Aviation is looking for a subcontractor to provide preventive maintenance and testing of electric switchgear and other electric equipment. Sealed bids are due at 2 p.m. on March 24 at the Elrey Jeppesen Terminal Building, Denver International Airport, 8400 Peña Blvd., Denver, CO 80249-6235. The cost of work for the contract is estimated at $200,000. For more information, view the bid notice.

    Mesa, Ariz., Seeks Contractor for Electrical Upgrades
    The city of Mesa, Ariz., will accept sealed bids for electrical upgrades until 3 p.m. on March 24. Interested contracting firms must send their bids to the Mesa City Plaza Building, Development Services Administration, at 20 East Main Street, 6th Floor, Mesa, AZ 85201. The scope of work will include furnishing and installing electrical layouts, new service entrance sections/motor control centers, cabinets, conduits, wiring, flow meter, standpipe, block wall, fencing, and all other items necessary to complete the upgrades at Falcon Well No. 2, and City Well No. 12. View the bid notice for more information.

    Contractors Earn Free Merchandise From

    Introducing the Great GearSM program, a way to acquire free gifts by collecting and redeeming B-Line Bucks found on B-Line's fastener product boxes. Simply remove your B-Line Bucks from the box label and use them to select from a wide assortment of gear in B-Line's Great Gear catalog. To obtain a catalog and order forms, see your local B-Line distributor, or visit our Web site at

    Zone Exclusives
    Eye on Safety
    Electrical professionals can access safety Web sites from around the world on the Safety Link Web site. The Web site includes links to international safety articles, product safety resources, and newsgroups. Published by Product Safety International since 1995, the Web site allows users to quickly access sites for the electrical product safety approval test labs, standards bodies, and government agencies.

    Buy It, Install It, Forget It! The maintenance-free GX series automatic hand dryer is quieter and longer lasting than competitive models. This easy to install electric hand dryer will save your customers 90% versus paper towel costs. Contractors can visit for the best prices on over 40 different models with same day shipping. American Dryer has been manufacturing quality hand dryers for over 50 years.

    Shows and Events
    International Security Conference & Expo West
    Learn about the recent advances in the security market by attending ISC West from April 6-8 at the Sands Convention Center in Las Vegas. The conference program will cover such topics as access control, biometrics, CCTV, systems integration, home systems, alarms, fire control, inventory control, and monitoring. Register online or visit the ISC West Web site for more information.

    Lightfair International
    Lightfair International will educate design, engineering, and end user professionals about architectural and commercial lighting technologies from April 12-14 at the Jacobs Javits Center in New York. Lightfair will offer its Daylighting Institute for the first time in New York. Attendees can earn continuing education credits by participating in educational sessions on daylighting from April 10-11. For more information, visit the Lightfair Web site.

    ACEC Annual Convention
    The American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) annual convention will combine Consulting Congress Day, the Engineering Excellence Awards Gala, and the Federal Markets Conference into one event. The convention will take place from April 10-13 at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C. The sessions will cover such topics as employee stock ownership plans, professional development for women, and measuring the costs and outcomes of marketing and sales. For more information, download the brochure or visit the ACEC Web site.

    NIMBUS™ Offers 190 Insulated Connectors
    Configurations include single-sided or dual-sided multi-tap connectors as well as in-line or offset splicer-reducer connectors. Dual rated for copper or aluminum conductor, the offering is UL Listed and features removable plugs for entry port closure. Visit our Web site at for additional product information.

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