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July 31, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 14


CONTENTS
Introducing the EC&M
E-Tradeshow

Survey Indicates Strong Commercial Construction Activity

NERC Application Approved

IEEE Forms Study Group to Explore Ethernet Technology

City in California Seeks Generator Relocation

Florida Fire Station Replacement Requires Site Lighting

Business Brief

OSHA Unveils VPP for Mobile Workforce in Construction

IAEI Northwestern Section Annual Meeting

2006 PCIC Conference

WEEC Congress


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    EC&M E-Tradeshow
    Introducing the EC&M
    E-Tradeshow

    EC&M magazine's new online tradeshow and conference series is now open! Use it as often as you like at no cost to you. The E-tradeshow is a 3D exhibition where you can examine some of the latest in electrical products, meet with exhibitors, and gather information. Plus, you'll be able to attend conference seminars inside the E-Tradeshow throughout the year.

    Just click here and you'll be connected to detailed information about how to get inside and make full use of the E-tradeshow. In minutes you'll be exploring in the 3D environment, be visiting in our charter exhibitors' booths, and checking out some very cool products. Then plan to return to attend some of the live events -- including conference seminars -- starting August 9 and 10.

    Early Bird Drawing! Be sure to check out the show before the August live event days and drop your electronic business card into our drawing for an iPod Shuffle. See you in the show!


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    Around the Circuit
    Survey Indicates Strong Commercial Construction Activity
    According to the Federal Reserve's "Beige Book," a summary of economic conditions reported by businesses in informal surveys conducted by the 12 regional Federal Reserve Banks and prepared at the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, surveys from all 12 districts indicated continued economic growth during June through mid-July, with numerous individual reports pointing to evidence that the pace of growth has slowed. Several districts characterized the overall pace of economic growth as "moderate" or "modest."

    Businesses also reported that activity in residential real estate markets cooled in most parts of the country, but various districts reported an ongoing pickup in demand for commercial space. For new and existing homes, the pace of sales declined and that the inventory of available homes and time on the market rose in most metropolitan areas nationwide. Slower sales activity has translated into more limited price gains, and residential construction activity has fallen in most districts. Slower activity on the residential side was offset in part by firmer activity on the commercial side. Demand for commercial space was strong in general, and the market tightened further in most districts.

    NERC Application Approved
    The U.S. Federal Regulatory Energy Commission recently approved the North American Electric Reliability Council's (NERC) application to become the Electric Reliability Organization (ERO) for the United States. As the ERO, NERC will have legal authority to enforce reliability standards on all owners, operators, and users of the bulk power system, rather than relying on voluntary compliance. The creation of ERO is authorized under the U.S. Energy Policy Act of 2005, and was triggered in part by concerns generated by the August 2003 blackout that affected 40 million people in the Midwestern and northeastern United States and 10 million people in eastern Canada. The Energy Commission's approval included several conditions NERC will address in the next few months.

    IEEE Forms Study Group to Explore Ethernet Technology
    The Mountain View, Calif.-based Ethernet Alliance recently announced that the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) 802.3 working group has formed the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) to evaluate the requirements for the next generation of Ethernet technology. IEEE 802.3an, also known as 10GBASE-T, was ratified on June 8. This standard enables a low-cost, ease-of-use, copper cabling solution for the transmission of 10GbE. Additionally, SFF-8431, also known as 10GbE SFP+ (small form factor pluggable) optics, offers lower-cost and reduced-power consumption. SFF-8431 is expected to be ratified by the end of 2006. Individuals interested in participating in the HSSG should contact John D'Ambrosia, components technology scientist at Force10 Networks, at jdambrosia@force10networks.com.


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    Project Watch
    City in California Seeks Generator Relocation
    The City of Palo Alto, Calif., is requesting sealed bids for the emergency generator relocation at Adobe Creek Storm Pump Station. The scope of work consists of furnishing all labor, tools, equipment, materials, and transportation required to complete the relocation of an existing 250KW generator from the northeast side of the site to the northwest, including all incidental and related work as required by the general requirements, drawings, and specifications. The deadline for sealed bids is Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. PST. To download a pdf of the bid documents, visit the city's Web site.

    Florida Fire Station Replacement Requires Site Lighting
    The Public Works Department, Engineering and Architectural Services, for the City of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is soliciting bids for contractors to Fire Station #47 building replacement. The work consists of furnishing all labor, materials, supplies, equipment, and services to construct a new fire station, including site lighting. A pre-bid conference will be held in the Engineering Conference Room, 4th Floor, City Hall, 100 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL on August 8 at 10:00 a.m. Sealed bids will be received until 2 p.m. EST on Aug. 23. For general inquiries, call (954) 828-5772.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Boise, Idaho-based Washington Group International was recently awarded a contract by Phoenix-based Salt River Project to provide architectural, engineering, and procurement support services for a new 400MW coal-fired generating unit at the Springville Generating Station in eastern Arizona. The unit is scheduled to be operational in late 2009. This will be the fourth electrical generating unit at the site and will increase the availability of coal-fired power in Arizona and the Southwest. The unit will be owned by the Salt River Project, operated by Tucson Electric Power, and will use best-available control technologies and equipment to limit emissions.

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    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Unveils VPP for Mobile Workforce in Construction
    OSHA recently launched a nationwide Voluntary Protection Program (VPP) initiative aimed at meeting the unique needs and characteristics of the construction industry. The Mobile Workforce VPP Demonstration for Construction will join VPP Corporate Pilot and OSHA Challenge Pilot as the newest component of OSHA's VPP, which recognizes and promotes effective health and safety management systems. The core of the initiative is based on the principle of effective safety and health-management systems. It adds new procedures and requirements that recognize the unique aspects of the construction industry. For example, the program allows for participation at the company, division, or business-unit levels.

    Shows and Events
    IAEI Northwestern Section Annual Meeting
    The International Association of Electrical Inspectors has scheduled its Northwestern Section Annual Meeting from Sept. 10-13 in Spokane, Wash. This year's event, themed "Promoting the Advancement of Alternative Electric Sources" will include meetings on topics such as generators, solar power, and fuel cells. For more information and to register, visit the IAEI Web site.

    2006 PCIC Conference
    The 2006 Petroleum and Chemical Industry Conference (PCIC), sponsored by IEEE and IAS, will take place in Philadelphia from Sept. 11-13. For more information, visit IEEE's Web site.

    WEEC Congress
    The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) presents the World Energy Engineering Congress, which will take place from Sept. 13-15 at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. The event's opening session includes a discussion on Leadership in Energy Management & The Energy Policy Act. Other sessions include an update on the Senate Energy Committee, how to implement the Energy Policy Act, and leadership through Energy Star. For more information, visit the Energy Congress' Web site.
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