April 15, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV No. 7

IEEE Drops Lightning Rod Project

New Mexico Gets New Energy Legislation

ESCOs Help Government Agencies Fund Energy Retrofits

California Airport Seeks Bids for Electrical Renovation Work

Georgia County Needs Contractors for Annual UPS Maintenance Contract

Eye on Safety

IALD Education Conference Call for Speakers

Fuel Cell Technology Institute & Hydrogen Workshop

Battcon 2005 International Battery Conference & Trade Show

BICSI Spring Conference

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    Around the Circuit
    IEEE Drops Lightning Rod Project
    At a hearing in late March, the Standards Association of IEEE voted to terminate work on a standard to govern "Charge Transfer Systems" (CTS) lightning protection. Also called "Dissipation Array Systems" (DAS), a CTS uses exotic multi-point lightning rods that prevent lightning from striking a particular location. Started in December 2000, the IEEE project remained inactive during most of its initial four-year run. IEEE ultimately terminated it due to a lack of vendor-sponsored tests, which were supposed to establish the validity of the CTS theory -- the tests were never circulated to IEEE working group members for their review. Earlier this year, the National Fire Protection Association similarly turned down Lightning Eliminators and Consultant's request to develop a standard for CTS/DAS products. In a decision dated January 14, 2005, the NFPA Standards Council concluded that the manufacturer's request failed to demonstrate "ample basis in the scientific and technical literature to support meaningful standards development for CTS/DAS lightning protection systems." The decision marks the first occasion since 1989 that the NFPA has denied such a request concerning the concept.

    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 1500 measurements can be stored and printed directly to a printer or from a PC. www.aemc.com

    New Mexico Gets New Energy Legislation
    New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson recently signed three energy bills into law. According to the New Mexico Business Weekly, the two House bills and one Senate bill will create new funding for energy projects, such as public buildings that initiate clean and energy-efficient programs. The legislation will also enable utilities like Public Service Company of New Mexico to implement similar efficiency programs. As stated in the report, the three bills are:
    • House Bill 32, the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Bonding Act, will allow the state's Finance Authority to issue up to $20 million to pay for the installation of energy-efficient measures in state buildings like schools. • House Bill 720, the Natural Resources Conservation Bids Bill, contains amendments to laws that will broaden the types of guarantees the state can obtain for energy improvement projects as well as make it easier for state agencies to enter into such agreements with energy services companies.
    • Senate Bill 644, the Efficient Use of Energy Act, directs the state's public utilities to develop and implement new cost-effective, energy efficiency programs. If programs are approved by the state's Public Regulation Commission, utilities could recover the cost of implementing the program.

    ESCOs Help Government Agencies Fund Energy Retrofits
    In a recent study, researchers at the Department of Energy's Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory found that more than $15 billion invested in energy efficiency projects installed by energy service companies (ESCOs) at U.S. public and institutional facilities across the country since 1990 have provided significant value to their customers. In the report, titled "Public and Institutional Markets for ESCO Services: Comparing Programs, Practices, and Performance," researchers analyzed the performance of more than 1,000 public/institutional projects, representing about $2.5 billion in investment and estimated net economic benefits of more than $1.7 billion in reduced energy and operational cost savings. Project data results are separated by market segment — federal and state local government, schools, universities, and hospitals — and analyze the impact of enabling policies and programs. To download the study, click here.

    Once You Try The Twister® PRO, You'll Never Turn Back
    The Twister® is already the premier wire connector in the industry, but for IDEAL, staying ahead of the curve is what innovation is all about. The new Twister® PRO features unique cushioned SureGrip™ technology. It brings a soft grip that allows an unmatched level of comfort and provides smooth, quick connections. Visit www.idealindustries.com for a product sample today.

    Project Watch
    California Airport Seeks Bids
    for Electrical Renovation Work

    Lincoln Regional Airport in Newcastle, Calif., is looking for subcontractors to provide electrical work on a runway lighting renovation. Bids are due at 1 p.m. on May 12 (payment and performance bonds may be required). For more information, contact John Huberty at Gabe Mendez, Inc., by mail at P.O. Box 459, Newcastle, CA 95658, by phone at (916) 663-3372, or by fax at (916) 663-1478.

    Georgia County Needs Contractors for Annual UPS Maintenance Contract
    The Fulton County Purchasing Department in Atlanta is seeking an electrical subcontractor to perform uninterrupted power supply system maintenance for 12 months from the date of award in 2005. The scope of work will include furnishing all parts, labor, equipment, transportation, and material for on-site preventive maintenance of UPS systems. Bids are due at 5 p.m. on April 22 to the Fulton County Purchasing Department, Public Safety Building, Suite 1168, 130 Peachtree St., S.W., Atlanta, GA 30303. Interested parties should perform an on-site inspection prior to bidding. To schedule an appointment for a site visit, e-mail Rodney Herne at rodney.herne@co.fulton.ga.us or call (404) 730-4216. For more information, view the
    bid notice.

    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 www.americandryer.com 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.

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    Eye on Safety
    To help support National Electrical Safety Month this May across the nation and elsewhere, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI) will once again publish its "May Kit," packed with up-to-date electrical safety facts and figures, tools, and tips. The focus in 2005 is on ESFI's national public awareness campaign "Make Safe Connections: Plug Into Electrical Safety," which contains important information and safety tips related to outlets, power cords, extension cords, power strips and surge suppressors, and GFCIs and AFCIs. To browse through current downloads on workplace safety, including the "Look Up! Look Down! Look Out!" campaign on overhead and buried power lines and pad-mounted electrical equipment work, visit the ESFI library.

    Contractors Earn Free Merchandise From B-Line
    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 website at www.b-line.com.

    Shows and Events
    IALD Education Conference Call for Speakers
    The International Association of Lighting Designers is seeking experts to present seminars at its 5th Annual Education Conference to be held Oct. 21-22 at the Hilton Mark Center Hotel in Alexandria, Va. Proposals must be sent by May 13 to: Call for Speakers, International Association of Lighting Designers, Merchandise Mart, Suite 9-104, Chicago, IL 60654; faxed to (312) 527-3680; or e-mailed to annualconference@iald.org. Questions should be directed to Renee Campbell at the IALD headquarters at renee@iald.org or (312) 527-3677. To download the Call for Speakers proposal, click here.

    Fuel Cell Technology Institute & Hydrogen Workshop
    Presented by the National Fuel Cell Research Center at the University of California, Irvine in association with the 11th Annual Clean Cities Conference & Exposition, the Fuel Cell Technology Institute & Hydrogen Workshop will be held at the Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel May 4-6 in Palm Springs, Calif. Because fuel cells hold the potential of producing power more efficiently and without power lines, many believe they are the answer to reducing emissions associated with the generation of electricity -- one of America's largest sources of air pollution. But how do they work? What's on the horizon for the technology? Find out answers to these questions and more at this event, featuring presenters from the National Fuel Cell Research Center, Plug Power, and the U.S. Department of Energy, among others. To download a registration form, click here. For more information on the workshop, visit the Web site.

    Battcon 2005 International Battery Conference & Trade Show
    Held May 2-4 in Miami Beach, Fla., the Ninth Annual Battcon 2005 International Battery Conference is a three-day, noncommercial, technical symposium targeting storage battery users from various industries. Featuring a two-day trade show with more than 50 storage power-related product vendors, the conference provides a forum for both users and manufacturers of batteries and battery test equipment to exchange ideas. Read the program guide here, or download the registration form.

    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 www.ilsco.com for additional product information.

    BICSI Spring Conference
    Whether you are a newcomer, an experienced information transport systems manager, or a supplier to the industry, the 2005 BICSI Spring Conference, held May 2-5 at the Mirage in Las Vegas, offers something for everyone. Designed to bring attendees the latest information in the information transport systems (ITS) industry, this event will draw an international audience, ranging from practitioners to end-users. Click here to register online, or download a registration form.

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