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May 15, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 9


CONTENTS
New Jersey Approves Regulations to Expand Renewable Energy Sources

Verdant Power Begins Tidal Power Project Test

EGSA Requests Feedback on Standard's GFCI Requirement

Florida Housing Authority Solicits Bids for Electrical Upgrades

Wisconsin School District Seeks Proposals from Design Firms

Business Brief

Investigators Find Sago Lacked Lightning Protectors

West Coast EMC 2006

Southern California Facilities Expo

Harmonics & Power Quality Conference

IEEE Pulp & Paper Industry Technical Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    New Jersey Approves Regulations to Expand Renewable Energy Sources
    The New Jersey Board of Public Utilities recently voted to approve new regulations that expand the state's Renewable Portfolio Standard (RPS) by extending the existing goals to 2020 and increasing the required amount of renewable and solar energy. Under the new regulations, 20% of New Jersey's electricity must come from renewable sources by 2020. The regulations also include a 2% solar set aside, which is estimated to require 1500MW, the nation's largest solar commitment relative to population and electricity consumption.

    The RPS requires companies that provide retail electric service in New Jersey to either purchase or product a minimum percentage of qualified renewable energy to residents and businesses in the state. The new regulations increase the current RPS requirement by more than five times from 4% for Class I Renewables to 20%. The RPS increases incrementally on an annual basis between 2008 and 2020.


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    Verdant Power Begins Tidal Power Project Test
    The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently gave Arlington, Va.-based Verdant Power permits to install turbines for a tidal energy project in New York City's East River. The turbines are expected to produce 200KW to power a grocery store and parking lot on Roosevelt Island. The company hopes this test will lead the way for installing a field of 200 to 300 turbines, enough to generate 10,000KW to power about 8,000 homes. The New York tidal project will be the first in the United States.

    EGSA Requests Feedback on Standard's GFCI Requirement
    Boca Raton, Fla.-based Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) seeks feedback on UL 2201 "Standard for Portable Generator Sets." The standard includes a requirement for a GFCI on the output for even the 120/240V circuit. However, EGSA has received reports that when the portable generator set is used as emergency power for a home and connected to a transfer switch, the GFCI continues to trip, and the set cannot power the home. EGSA wants to know how many such reports you have received. It is also interested in hearing about your personal experiences with this particular matter. This information will enable the organization to petition UL to remove this requirement. Please e-mail the information to Herb Whittall at hwhittall@Comcast.net or fax to EGSA headquarters at (561) 395-8557.


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    Project Watch
    Florida Housing Authority Solicits Bids for Electrical Upgrades
    The Housing Authority of the City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., requests bids for electrical upgrades to the following sites: Sunnyland Homes, 841 NW 13 Terrace, and Suncrest Court, 1615 NW 23 Ave. Sealed bids should be delivered to the Housing Authority of The City of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, 1OO SW 18th Ave., Fort Lauderdale, FL 33312, on or before noon EST on May 19. Questions pertaining to the scope of work may be directed to Miguel Villa at (954) 467-7977.

    Wisconsin School District Seeks Proposals from Design Firms
    The Madison Metropolitan School District in Wisconsin seeks proposals for architectural and engineering services, including electrical, communications, and fire protection, for a proposed 88,000 square-foot, LEED-certified elementary school. Proposals will be received by the Madison Metropolitan School District, Building Services Department, 4711 Pflaum Road, Madison, WI 53718-6765 until 10 a.m. CST on June 1. For more information contact the owner at (608) 204-6680.


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    Business Brief
    San Francisco-based Bechtel Corp. will design and build some 7,000MW in power-generating facilities as part of a plan by Dallas-based TXU Corp. to meet the demand for electricity in Texas. TXU intends to invest $10 billion to build up to 11 new power-generating units at nine existing power plant sites. Bechtel will be the primary contractor on up to nine of the units, most with a capacity of 800MW. The company will begin immediately to provide permitting support, preliminary engineering, procurement of major equipment, and construction planning, with construction set to start next year.

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    Eye on Safety
    Investigators Find Sago Lacked Lightning Protectors
    According to federal and West Virginia investigators, Sago Mine owner International Coal Group (IGC) may have violated basic electrical and safety rules by not installing equipment to prevent lightning from sending a charge into underground mine workings. The investigators are examining the possibility that lighting hit one of the mine's surface electrical systems and sent a charge underground, eventually igniting a buildup of methane in a sealed area deep in the mine. At least two electrical systems at Sago were not equipped with lighting arresters, Denver Wilfong, the mine's maintenance foreman and chief electrician, told investigators in a sworn statement. Under federal mine safety rules, all power lines and phone cables that lead into underground mines must be equipped with lightning arresters.

    In mid-March, ICG issued a news release that the company's investigation had concluded lightning caused the explosion. In a three-page briefing paper, ICG said, "Although it appears that lighting was the source of the energy for ignition, it has not been determined how it passed into the sealed area."


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    Shows and Events
    West Coast EMC 2006
    The Association of Energy Engineers presents the 24th West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC), which will take place from June 7-8 at the Washington State Convention & Trade Center in Seattle. The full EMC 2006 agenda includes the two-day conference and expo, as well as several optional intensive seminars. This year's seminar topics include The Energy Policy Act of 2005, advanced lighting retrofit options, fundamentals of business energy management, and fundamentals of power quality. For more information and to register visit the congress Web site.

    Southern California Facilities Expo
    The 20th Annual Southern California Facilities Expo is scheduled to take place from June 7-8 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, Calif. The Facilities Expo is a free two-day trade show that showcases a wide array of products and services along with educational seminars. Topics for this year's seminars include "Online Partial Discharge Testing of Medium-Voltage Cables," "Aerial Lift and Forklift Training," "Predictive Maintenance Options for Electric Motor Bearings" and "LEED Consulting." For more information and to register, visit the Expo's Web site.

    Harmonics & Power Quality Conference
    EC&M, PowerQuality, and PQNewsBeat present the 2006 Harmonics & Power Quality conferences in Boston from June 15-16, Seattle from July 20-21, and St. Louis from Sept. 14-15. Presenters at this year's conferences will include William Bush, director of engineering, Signals, Power & Grounding Specialists, Inc., Bruce Lonie, president, PowerCET Corp., Chris Melhorn, engineering manager, EPRI Solutions, and Alex McEachern, president, Power Systems Lab. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.

    IEEE Pulp & Paper Industry Technical Conference
    IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) presents the 52nd Pulp & Paper Industry Technical Conference in Appleton, Wis., from June 18-23. Papers to be presented at the conference include "Dryden Operations Improved Power Distribution System Reliability -- A Case Study," "Is My UPS Distribution System Coordinated?" "Optimizing Waste Fuel Boiler Control with Multivariable Predictive Controls," and "Monitoring Your Plant From Anywhere." For more information and to register, visit the IEEE IAS conference Web site.
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