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October 31, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 20


CONTENTS
Committee Begins Development of Baseline Green Building Standard

Google Plans Largest Solar-Powered Office in United States

Electrician Charged in National Bankruptcy Fraud Sting

PG&E Awards $600,000 in Grants for "Solar Schools" Program

Connecticut Seeks Technical Consultants

City in Oregon Requests Proposals for Engineering Services

Business Brief

Electrical Accident Leads to Death

Greenbuild International Conference & Expo

Power-Gen International

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    Around the Circuit
    Committee Begins Development of Baseline Green Building Standard
    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recently completed formation of the committee charged with the development of Standard 189P, the ASHRAE/USGBC/IESNA minimum standard for high-performance green building. The proposed standard is being developed by the three organizations to help drive green building into mainstream building practices and is scheduled for completion in 2007.

    The proposed standard will apply to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects and will address items such as sustainable sites, water use, energy efficiency, a building's impact on the atmosphere, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality. The committee hopes the language of 189P will eventually be written into building codes. The newly formed committee met in Seattle in August to outline next steps, which include the scheduling of two development meetings before the end of the year.


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    Google Plans Largest Solar-Powered Office in United States
    Google, Mountain View, Calif., recently unveiled plans to build a solar-powered electricity system at its headquarters. The rooftop system -- capable of generating 1.6MW -- will rank Google's facilities as the largest U.S. solar-powered corporate office complex. According to the company, once the system is in place it will rely on solar power to supply nearly a third of the electricity consumed by office workers at its roughly one-million-square-foot headquarters. This excludes power consumed by data centers that power many of Google's Web services worldwide. "We are going to be producing roughly 30% of the power that we use," says David Radcliffe, vice president of real estate at Google.

    Most of the solar panels will sit on the rooftops of office buildings in the Googleplex -- the nickname for the site. Others will provide shaded parking as part of newly constructed solar-panel canopies over existing Google car parking lots. Onsite electricity will help Google offset the price of power fueled by natural gas and delivered through the local grid by Pacific Gas & Electric Co., a unit of PG&E Corp., and Google's main energy provider.

    Electrician Charged in National Bankruptcy Fraud Sting
    An electrician who bribed a former governor was among 78 people charged with bankruptcy fraud in the past two months, says the Justice Department. Authorities in New Haven, Conn., claim th$at electrical contractor Kurt Claywell, who admitted giving former Connecticut Gov. John G. Rowland expensive champagne and Cuban cigars for access to state contracts, tried to hide assets, including a boat, a rare book collection, 35 acres of land, $35,000 worth of wine, and a gun collection. Bankruptcy fraud often follows false claims on mortgages, banks, and the mail, says Deputy Attorney Genereral Paul McNulty, who outlined the nationwide crackdown on people trying to conceal more than $3 million in assets. According to the FBI, the arrests are on track to outpace last year's estimated total of 100 bankruptcy fraud cases.

    PG&E Awards $600,000 in Grants for "Solar Schools" Program
    San Jose, Calif,-based Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) recently announced the 30 schools selected to receive an installation of a 1.3kW solar generation system. The installation of each photovoltaic system and the solar education curriculum that accompanies it were made possible by a $20,000 grant from PG&E's Solar Schools Program. "In providing these grants, equipment, and curriculum, we hope to educate students on the benefits of clean, alternative energy sources like solar power and inspire them to become the solar inventors and scientists of tomorrow," says Ophelia Basgal, PG&E vice president of civic partnerships and community initiatives.

    For 2006, PG&E has committed $1.7 million toward expanding the Solar Schools program, which involves installation of photovoltaic systems in more than 30 schools, a solar-based curriculum training package, and workshops for teachers in addition to funding "Bright Ideas," which supports innovative solar science projects in classrooms.


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    Project Watch
    Connecticut Seeks Technical Consultants
    The State of Connecticut, Office of Policy and Management, is currently soliciting proposals for individuals or firms to provide certain services related to the technical support of the Connecticut Energy Advisory Board (CEAB). Scope of work includes providing technical expertise for the state's energy planning and policy analysis, particularly its electric and natural gas sectors, within a stated timeframe. For more information and to download the request for proposals, visit the state's Web site. The deadline for response submission is Dec. 5 at 3 p.m. EDT.

    City in Oregon Requests Proposals for Engineering Services
    The City of Ashland, Ore., is seeking proposals from qualified engineering firms to perform engineering studies of the city's electrical distribution system and to create a ten-year plan that will guide the city in pursuing the most practical and economical means of serving existing and future loads while maintaining high-quality service to its customers. As a minimum, the long-range plan must model and analyze the existing system and then propose a series of electrical studies which could be funded separately, if necessary, which together will compose an overall long-term funding and operating plan for the utility. Proposals are due at 2 p.m. PDT on Dec. 6. For more information, visit the city's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    Frost & Sullivan recently awarded the low-voltage drives division of ABB, Zurich, Switzerland, the Global Market and Product Leadership Award, 2006. Frost & Sullivan considered technological innovation, customer service, and strategic product development for its evaluation.

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    Eye on Safety
    Electrical Accident Leads to Death
    A worker severely burned in an electrical accident this August at the construction site for the new Wal-Mart Supercenter in Bloomington, Ind., died Oct. 13. Scott Shelton, 35, an employee of Muncie, Ind.-based Electromation, received burns covering 95% of his body after an electrical panel he and two other men were working on was energized with 12,000V and shorted. The resulting electrical arc, which extended from 6 to 8 feet, sparked a fire in the service room, lighting all three workers on fire.

    Another injured worker, Stephen Abbott, and his family have already filed a lawsuit in Monroe Country, citing safety negligence on the part of Wal-Mart Stores; the LaSalle Group, the general contractor at the site; and Duke Energy. Abbot's lawsuit claims that prior to the day of the accident, the electricians had worked on the electrical units only when the power was off. OSHA is currently investigating the incident as well.


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    Shows and Events
    Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
    The U.S. Green Building Council has scheduled the Greenbuild International Conference & Expo for Nov. 15-17 in Denver. This year's conference offers three days of educational programming, workshops, and an exhibition floor, covering topics such as integrating LEED through construction, integrated building systems design, operations and maintenance for IEQ and Energy Efficiency, and using LEED on new and existing projects. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.

    Power-Gen International
    Power-Gen International will take place from Nov. 28-30 at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla. This year's event includes a technical tour of the Kissimmee Utility Authority and discussions on industry trends, such as generation strategies, an update on large-frame gas turbines, and gasification and synfuels. For more information and to register, visit the Power-Gen Web site.

    EC&M E-Tradeshow

    Free Live Conferences in November
    Mark Nov. 16 on your schedule to attend these highly informative live conferences:

    • Learn about all the new energy-storage technologies -- including ultracapacitors, fuel cells, and flywheels -- now available by attending the live conference "Energy Storage Methods for Standby Electric Power Systems," presented by John DeDad at 11 a.m. EDT and PDT.
    • Find out how to size residential electrical generators by sitting in on Generac's live conference scheduled for 9 .am. EDT and PDT. If you can't make these times, we're having a special Contractor's Night live conference at 8 p.m. EDT.
    • If you're looking for construction industry information to include in your business forecast for 2007, you'll certainly want to attend Jim Lucy's 2007 Electrical Market Sales Forecast, scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT and PDT. You'll see forecasting statistics for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial construction market segments. This yearly presentation has become a must-see for electrical equipment manufacturers, contractors, distributors, and engineers.
    But before attending these events, make sure you visit the 2006 EC&M E-TradeShow, a year-long virtual business event. In addition to attending live activities at conference sessions scheduled throughout the year, you can meet with exhibitors in virtual exhibit halls. You can also access past presentations, which are archived in the E-Tradeshow. Employing the latest interactive 3D technology, sponsors use online tradeshow booths to generate leads on a continuous basis throughout the year, while interacting live with customers and prospects during scheduled events. Free access and all the information you need are available at http://ecmweb.com/etradeshow/.

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