June 30, 2005 A PRIMEDIA Property Vol. IV, No. 12

U.S. Battery Demand to Reach $14.8 Billion in 2009 FM Approvals Accredited by Standards Council of Canada

Region 5 IEEE WIE Seeks Affinity Group

Connecticut Light & Power Seeks Proposals for Round Three Electrical Energy Efficiency Projects

Michigan Library System Requests Proposals for Generator System

OSHA Proposes Revised Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution, and Protective Equipment

NJATC National Training Institute Trade Show

APEC Call for Papers

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    Around the Circuit
    U.S. Battery Demand to Reach $14.8 Billion in 2009
    According to "The Freedonia Focus on Batteries," a study from the Freedonia Group, U.S. demand for primary and secondary batteries is projected to increase 5.9% annually through 2009 to $14.8 billion. Among the factors driving this growth are strong demand for battery-powered products, such as cellular phones and digital cameras, and increasing production of electrical and electronic devices. Market gains are also expected to be supported by an ongoing shift in the product mix toward more expensive batteries, such as lithium-based cells. Sales of secondary batteries are forecast to rise faster than primary batteries through 2009, due in part to strong growth in the use of high-drain portable electronic products. Secondary battery demand could also be supported by reductions in the time required to recharge batteries, making secondary types more appealing to consumers and nearly as convenient as primary cells.

    The study states that although lead-acid batteries will account for nearly 60% of all secondary battery sales in 2009, lithium ion, lithium polymer, and nickel-metal hydride batteries will have the strongest rates of growth. It predicts consumer applications will account for more than 70% of all primary battery sales in 2009. While alkaline batteries could remain the dominant primary battery type, other types like zinc-air may account for an incrasingly large share of demand. For more information on the study, visit the Freedonia Group's Web site.

    New AEMC Instruments Catalog
    Many new products are featured in the 2005 AEMC 68-page catalog which highlights AEMC's lines of portable test and measurement instruments, including megohmmeters, ground resistance testers, power quality analyzers and meters, cable testers, current probes, multimeters, data loggers, environmental testers, test tools and many more. Call (800) 343-1391 or email sales@aemc.com to receive your free copy. AEMC's catalog is also available online at www.aemc.com.

    FM Approvals Accredited by Standards Council of Canada
    The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has accredited FM Approvals as a testing and certification organization. The accreditation means FM Approvals meets the SCC's administrative and technical criteria for hazardous-location electrical equipment covering all protection methods recognized in Canada, electrical and electronic products, and fire-alarm signaling equipment. Electrical and electronic product manufacturers seeking third-party certification in Canada and the United States may now go through the testing firm. For more information, visit the SCC's Web site.

    Region 5 IEEE WIE Seeks Affinity Group
    The coordinator for Women in Engineering (WIE) Region 5 is interested in establishing affinity groups in the southwestern United States. Currently, there are three groups: Central Texas, St. Louis, and South Plains, Texas. WIE nominates candidates for various IEEE awards and office positions, encourages active participation, sponsors social events at various IEEE conferences, and participates in career guidance events. To form a chapter in your section, a petition must be signed and submitted. Both men and women are welcome in WIE. The petition form and additional details can be found on the IEEE Web site by using the search field for "WIE." For more information about forming a chapter, contact WIE at women@ieee.org. For more information on becoming a liaison in Region 5, contact Coordinator Sandra "Candy" Robinson at (817) 655-7190 or at sandra.l.robinson@lmco.com.

    Simply Test Any Wiring Application
    The new VDV MultiMedia Cable Tester is an all-in-one, handheld tester and troubleshooter for voice (RJ11/12), data (RJ45) and video (Coax F-Connector) cable networks. No training is required with an easy-to-read display and four-tone generation. The detachable remote stores securely in the base for quick and easy patch cable testing. Visit www.idealindustries.com for a complete product profile.

    Project Watch
    Connecticut Light & Power Seeks Proposals for Round Three Electrical Energy Efficiency Projects
    Connecticut Light & Power (CL&P), as manager of the Conservation and Load Management Fund, is soliciting proposals from any qualified party for electrical energy efficiency projects to be implemented at CL&P electric distribution customer facilities statewide in CL&P's service territory. Projects under this program will be awarded on a competitive basis based on level of utility incentive requested, cost effectiveness, project comprehensiveness, environmental benefits, and project timing. Proposals will be accepted in two proposal tracks: Project and Study. The project track is intended for projects that have been fully analyzed from an energy and cost perspective. The study track is for projects that need additional study to determine their feasibility. To be eligible for participation in this RFP, the CL&P customer must have a billing demand greater than 200kW, and the proposal must provide an energy savings reduction of at least 100,000kWh per year or a peak demand reduction of 100kW or more. Multiple customers or customer sites may be aggregated, under certain conditions, to meet these requirements. Full details as to the conditions and requirements of this RFP are contained in the Bidders' Package, now available and open to CL&P electric distribution customer facilities statewide. Proposals for this round must be received by 2 p.m. EST on July 19. To download the Bidders' Package, visit CL&P's Web site.

    Michigan Library System Requests Proposals for Generator System
    Southgate, Mich.-based the Library Network (TLN) seeks proposals from qualified engineers to provide design, engineering, and consulting services for a natural gas-fired standby, backup generator system with an uninterruptible power supply and auto-failover transfer that will meet the requirements of the NEC and applicable local codes and regulations for the TLN server room at 13331 Reeck Road, Southgate, Mich. Facility tours may be arranged by appointment prior to July 8. Respondent questions and TLN responses will be shared with all qualified participants, usually by e-mail, until 4 p.m. EST July 12, and the bid submission deadline is 4 p.m. EST on July 20. Interested respondents may request an appointment to tour the facilities and view building blueprints, electrical diagrams, and other documentation as available, including a complete server room load analysis. Upon request/appointment, a pre-bid conference can be held at the location any Thursday or Friday before July 8. To download a PDF of the complete details of the TLN building and the server room, visit TLN's Web site. To respond to this RFP, contact Scott Rakestraw, manager, network services for the Library Network, by mail at 13331 Reeck Road, Southgate, MI 48195, by e-mail at srakestraw@tln.lib.mi.us, by phone at (734) 281-3830 ext. 144, or by fax at (734) 281-1283.

    Caterpillar Inc. PointGuard
    PointGuard™ equipment monitoring and management services use web-based software, remote communications technologies and on-site hardware to connect Caterpillar® power solution users with their generator sets and related equipment. Around-the-clock monitoring provides risk mitigation by identifying potential problems and notifying support personnel for quick action.
    For additional information, visit www.cat-electricpower.com or contact your local Cat Dealer.

    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Proposes Revised Rule on Electric Power Generation, Transmission, Distribution, and Protective Equipment
    OSHA published a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking to update the standard for the construction of electric power transmission and distribution installations to make it consistent with the recently revised general industry standard. The agency is accepting public comments on the proposal until Oct. 13. The proposed standard includes requirements relating to enclosed spaces, working near energized parts, grounding for employee protection, work on underground and overhead installations, work in substations, and other special conditions and equipment unique to transmission and distribution of electrical energy. The proposal revises both the general industry and construction standards to reflect current technology in protecting employees from hazards associated with the industry. The agency will hold an informal public hearing in Washington, D.C., beginning Dec. 6 at 10 a.m. Parties who intend to present testimony must notify OSHA in writing no later than Aug. 15. Hearing testimony and documentary evidence must be postmarked no later than Nov. 3. To read the proposed standard, visit OSHA's Web site.

    NIMBUS® insulated connectors from ILSCO feature single or dual-sided multi-tap configurations in addition to in-line or offset splicer-reducer connectors. A new mountable version for use in troughs, wire ways, or panels has recently been introduced. 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.

    Shows and Events
    NJATC National Training Institute Trade Show
    National Joint Apprenticeship and Training Committee's (NJATC) 16th annual National Training Institute trade show will take place from July 30-31 in Knoxville, Tenn. This year's roster includes courses for fiber-optic certification, structured cable design, fire alarm installation, and AutoCAD, among others. Vist the NJATC Web site for a complete course listing. For questions regarding NTI, contact Kristi Mathews at the NJATC's International Training Center at (865) 380-9044, ext. 10.

    APEC Call for Papers
    The Applied Power Electronics Conference (APEC) is calling for papers for the APEC 2006 Technical Sessions to be held in New Orleans, Feb. 19-23. Papers are being solicited in many areas, including: AC/DC power supplies; DC/DC convertors; uninterruptible power supplies; motors, drives and inverters; lamps, ballasts, and lighting systems; and power factor correction. Papers are also being solicited to cover topics related to the business of power electronics, including new market developments, e-commerce, business models, and techniques for marketing, selling, and qualifying electronic products. The deadline for submission of paper abstracts is July 25. Authors will be notified of acceptance no later than Oct. 10. A full list of topics and guidelines for the paper proposals are available on the APEC Web site.

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