March 31, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. V, No. 6


CONTENTS
Prevailing-Wage Case Settled

Connecticut Selects Banc of America Leasing for Energy Conservation Financing

Electricians' Union Sues Station Over News Report

IEC Launches Interactive Electricity Timeline

Wisconsin County Seeks Contractor for Outdoor Siren System

Fluor Hanford Requests Bids for High-Mast Lighting in Washington

Business Brief

EC&M Announces Product of the Year Category Winners

AGC Contractors Recognized as Construction Safety Leaders

ACEC Annual Convention & Legislative Summit

IEEE/IAS I&CPS Technical Conference

NAHB Spring 2006 Construction Forecast Conference

Connections: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase


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    Around the Circuit
    Prevailing-Wage Case Settled
    Under terms of a prevailing-wage case settlement, 16 electrical workers were recently awarded nearly $1.5 million. The workers collected from $37,000 to $124,000 as their share of the settlement of the case brought by New York City Controller William Thompson. Under New York State law, private contractors who perform work for the city are required to pay workers a specified prevailing wage for their type of work. Netexit Inc., Berkeley Heights, N.J., had received a $22.5 million contract in 2001 from the city's Human Resources Administration to install and repair telephone and data cables at 49 offices around the city. The work continued for three years.

    According to Thompson, the 16 affected workers were supposed to be paid prevailing wages of up to $41 an hour for working as electricians. Instead, they were underpaid at a technician's salary of $12 to $18 an hour, Thompson said. Netexit later filed for federal bankruptcy, but Thompson sued for recovery and obtained the settlement.



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    Connecticut Selects Banc of America Leasing for Energy Conservation Financing
    On March 27 the State of Connecticut announced that it selected Banc of America Leasing, an affiliate of Bank of America, to provide up to $150 million in financing for companies participating in the state's new programs that offer incentives for energy-saving distributed resources projects. The incentive program, created through enacted legislation, uses federally mandated energy congestion charges collected by the state's two utilities to reduce the effective interest rate of loans to companies who participate in the program, managed by the State of Connecticut Department of Public Utility Control.

    The program will provide financing for various energy projects or services to reduce energy consumption or operating costs as permitted by applicable statutes. Projects may also include automated energy control systems; improvements or retrofits to electrical, lighting, and auxiliary systems; HVAC system modification or replacements; energy recovery systems, cogeneration systems, renewable energy generation systems; and installation, training, and monitoring of the equipment or systems. Requests for funding will be considered through Dec. 31 or until a total of $150 million has been financed through the program.

    Electricians' Union Sues Station Over News Report
    In a suit filed March 29 in the Philadelphia Common Pleas Court, IBEW Local 98 claims it was defamed by an ABC affiliate WPVI-TV (Channel 6) news report that said federal investigators were pressuring convicted City Councilman Rick Mariano to provide potential information for a probe of union leader John J. Dougherty's relationship with local electrical contractor Dougherty Electric Inc., owned by Don Dougherty (not related to the union leader). The electrical contractor is under investigation for a work stoppage on an eight-unit condominium project. IBEW is asking for at least $50,000 plus unspecified punitive damage and a retraction.

    IEC Launches Interactive Electricity Timeline
    Alexandria, Va.-based IEC recently launched an interactive "Techline" on its Web site. The online tool displays an overview of the history of electrotechnology by scientist and inventor contribution, important dates, and technologies, such as electroacoustics, insulators, and connectors. The Techline is currently available on IEC's Web site and will be available on CD in the second quarter of 2006.


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    Project Watch
    Wisconsin County Seeks Contractor for Outdoor Siren System
    The Dept. of Emergency Management in Dane County, Wis., seeks proposals for maintenance and repair services for its outdoor warning siren system. The county intends to award a three-year contract, with an option for an annual extension for two additional years for maintenance and repair services for all 92 of the county-owned sirens and maintenance and repair of the radio control components of the additional 20 units that the county operates, but does not own.

    The contract includes all labor, equipment, tools, and materials for electrical, electronic, and mechanical maintenance and repair of mechanical and electronic siren types. The equipment to be maintained and repaired includes all components of rotating and stationary, electronic and mechanical sirens not limited to: motors, motor starters and capacitors, blower units, radios, antennas, programmable logic controllers, remote terminal units, status sensors and relays, frequency drivers, static phase converters, batteries, battery chargers, power supplies, disconnects, and utility poles. Proposals must be received no later than 2 p.m. CST on April 17. To download a pdf of the project specifications, visit the county's Web site.

    Fluor Hanford Requests Bids for High-Mast Lighting in Washington
    Fluor Hanford Inc. is accepting proposals for high-mast lighting for use at the Plutonium Finishing Plant (PFP) in Hanford, Wash. The high-mast lighting system will consist of high- intensity light fixtures installed on a ring or cage at the top of four high-mast metal poles. The light fixtures will have the capability of being maintained and operated at ground level through the use of an internal lowering device.

    The selected contractor will engineer, procure materials, fabricate, test and deliver the high-mast lighting system materials to PFP for installation by others and will be required to analyze and design the high-mast lighting system to maintain required illumination levels on the ground with no hot spots that could affect video camera performance. The deadline for proposals is 2 p.m. PDT on April 13. To download a pdf of the request for proposals, visit the City of Hanford's Web site.



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    Business Brief
    On March 1, Fluor Corp., Aliso Viejo, Calif., announced that it will begin construction of a 200MW coal-fired power plant in Nevada for Newmont Mining Corp. Under the terms of the contract, valued at $400 million, Flour will perform engineering, procurement, construction, and commissioning services for the plant, which will be located in Eureka County, Nev. Employees in Flour's Greenville, S.C., office began work on this project shortly after receiving a limited notice to proceed from Newmont Mining near the end of 2004. The project is expected to achieve the commercial operation date in 2008.

    For more Business Briefs, visit EC&M's Web site.

    EC&M Announces Product of the Year Category Winners
    Out of the 114 entries submitted in this year's Product of the Year competition, a panel of nine judges selected 24 category winners. To find out more about this year's judging and view a list of the winners, visit 's Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    AGC Contractors Recognized as Construction Safety Leaders
    The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) recently announced the winners of the AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards, awarded to contractors who demonstrate a cultural commitment to safety. This year's award winners were announced at the seventh annual AGC/Willis Construction Safety Excellence Awards (CSEA) breakfast during AGC's 87th Annual Convention in Palm Springs, Calif.

    The awards program requires finalists to achieve zero work site fatalities and multi-catastrophic injuries, and examines the contractor's safety program and looks for evidence of company management commitment, active employee participation, safety training, work site hazard identification and control, and safety program innovation. In addition, finalists were required to make a presentation of their safety program to an independent panel of judges. Electrical contractors winning first-place awards include Cummings Electrical, Inc., Irving, Texas and Faith Technologies Inc., Appleton, Wis. A second-place award went to New Tech Electric, Inc., Portland, Ore.

    Shows and Events
    ACEC Annual Convention & Legislative Summit
    The Washington D.C.-based American Council on Engineering Companies (ACEC) will present its Annual Convention & Legislative Summit at the Grand Hyatt Hotel in Washington, D.C. from April 30 to May 3. Keynote speaker Newt Gingrich will kick off the event, given the theme "Engineering America's Future 2006." Other sessions include "The Design Firm Business Model: A Time for Corrective Action," "The U.S. Engineer Drought and What It Means for U.S. Firms," and " GSA: Funding Priorities for the Future." For more information and to register for the convention, visit ACEC's Web site.

    IEEE/IAS I&CPS Technical Conference
    Southeast Michigan Industry Applications Society (IAS)/PES Section will host the IEEE/IAS Industrial & Commercial Power Systems (I&CPS) Technical Conference in Dearborn, Mich., from April 30 to May 3. Papers being presented at this year's conference include "TN-Island Grounding System," "Equipotential Planes, a Figment of the Imagination," and "Single-Stage Single-Switch High-Power-Factor Electronic Ballast for Fluorescent Lamps." For more information and to make online reservations, visit the IEEE/IAS Web site. Ballast for Fluorescent Lamps." For more information and to make online reservations, visit the IEEE/IAS Web site.

    NAHB Spring 2006 Construction Forecast Conference
    The National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) presents its Construction Forecast Conference -- Spring 2006 in Washington D.C. on April 27. This semiannual conference provides an opportunity to learn about economic trends, government policies, and developments in the housing industry. Panels discussions will include subjects such as the outlook for the economy and housing, a regional housing outlook, and the results from NAHB's recent surveys. To register for the conference or order the conference Webcast, visit NAHB's Web site.

    Connections: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase
    Parks Associates in partnership with the Consumer Electronics Association will present the tenth annual Connections: The Digital Home Conference and Showcase in Santa Clara, Calif. from May 2-4. The Connections 2006 conference will feature a combination of keynote presentations, concurrent tracks with interactive panel discussions, and individual presentations in a plenary format. For a more detailed agenda and to register, visit the conference's Web site.
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