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November 15, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 21

Nonresidential Markets Set Record

NEMA Issues Guide to Tax Deduction

California Governor Launches Solar Web Site for State

Fort Collins, Colo., in Need of Electrical Services

City in Ontario Requests Contractor Services

Business Brief

EPRI PQA/ADA 2007 Conference

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    Around the Circuit
    Nonresidential Markets Set Record
    In September, nonresidential construction spending rose to its 13th consecutive record, says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Washington, D.C. Basing his comments on the Nov. 1 construction spending report from the U.S. Census Bureau, Simonson cites that the downturn in housing hasn't negatively affected other building segments. Seasonally adjusted construction spending fell 0.3% in September, but nonresidential construction gained 1.1%. However, that number wasn't enough to offset a 1.1% monthly drop in residential construction, which has dropped 8.2% since its peak in March.

    Power Quality Analyzer
    The Powerpad® Jr. model 8230 is a single-phase, power-quality analyzer that is easy-to-use and shock-resistant. It is intended for electricians and engineers to measure and carry out single-phase and balanced three-phase power-quality analysis. Users are able to obtain instant waveforms of the electrical network's characteristics and also monitor their variation over a period of time. All power-quality parameters, including harmonics out to the 50th, can be recorded.

    NEMA Issues Guide to Tax Deduction
    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., recently issued a guidance document on Energy Policy Act Commercial Building Tax Deduction Certification Letters. According to NEMA, the guidance is designed to answer the many questions received from project contractors and designers on how to satisfy the project certification requirements of EPAct 2005. The NEMA document provides sample language and examples of completed certification letters. To download the NEMA guidance, go to the organization's Web site.

    The Energy Policy Act of 2005, Section 1331, provides for a tax deduction of up to $1.80 per square foot for new or retrofit energy-efficient commercial buildings that reduce energy use by 50% when compared to national standard ASHRAE/IESNA 90.1-2001. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) Notice 2006-52 provides for technical certification by a professional engineer or contractor licensed in the building's jurisdiction. This certification outcome may be used by a tax professional in calculations for the tax deduction. The certification also provides assurance to the building owner that the building meets its required energy savings goals.

    California Governor Launches Solar Web Site for State
    On Oct. 19 at the Solar Power 2006 Conference and Expo in San Jose, Calif., Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger unveiled "Go Solar California," a Web site that provides information on the solar programs available in the state. The site offers general information on solar technologies as well as specifics about solar installations on new and existing homes, schools, public buildings, and affordable housing projects. Created by the California Energy Commission with help from the California Public Utilities Commission, the site also provides information on state rebates and federal tax credits for residential and commercial power users. To explore the site, click on

    Exclusive TightSight Display Sets a New Standard for Clamp Meters
    They're packed with features and are like nothing you've ever seen before. When we began designing the line, we certainly started at the bottom and worked our way up. The innovative TightSight display gives you a level of testing freedom and safety beyond any test tool on the market. In tight, dark, or bright locations, it's invaluable. Other features, like a high-voltage indicator, will ensure that you've never felt safer. Visit for a preview of the 600A and 1000A clamp meters from IDEAL.

    Project Watch
    Fort Collins, Colo., in Need
    of Electrical Services

    Fort Collins, Colo., is requesting proposals from contractors for electrical work that may include repair, maintenance, demolition and new installation on commercial city buildings and various other city facilities. Needed services during the contract period will be requested through issuance of work orders. There is no guaranteed minimum amount of services to be ordered. No work order exceeding $50,000 will be issued. Proposals must be received at the Purchasing Office prior to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 28. For more information, visit the city's Web site.

    City in Ontario Requests Contractor Services
    Cornwall, Ontario, is soliciting bids for a contractor to provide labor, materials, and equipment for the supply and installation of a cooling system for the electrical room in Glen Stor Dun Lodge. The contractor must be able to perform both high- and low-voltage work. A mandatory site visit is scheduled for Nov. 22 at 9 a.m. Bids are due Nov. 29. To download the project specifications, visit the city's Web site.

    New Flip Clip from Cooper B-Line
    The fastest, most-inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire basket tray, saving installers time and money. The Flip Clip can be used with 1/4-inch and 3/8-inch threaded rods, eliminating the need for multiple hanger sizes. The Flip Clip requires only one nut and one tool for installation.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    The IMARK Group, Oxon Hill, Md., recently announced the winners of its Select Awards. Newburyport, Mass.-based Ferraz Shawmut took the top honor in "Sales Leadership." Cincinnati-based ILSCO accepted two awards from IMARK: "Excellence in Marketing and Communications" and "Supplier of the Year" in the blue category.

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

    New From
    E-Mon D-Mon
    Load Control Option for Class 3000 Meters

    Managing energy has never been easier! Many commercial and industrial customers want monitoring and control capabilities but do not have the financial or personnel resources to manage a full-scale load-management system. The load-control option is designed to operate at user-selectable high and low set points, providing users with the capability to reduce electrical demand by shedding loads or activating a local generator. The low kilowatt limit point allows the load to be returned to normal operating power independently as pre-set parameters are met. Contact E-Mon at (800) 334-3666 or visit for details!

    Call for Papers
    EPRI PQA/ADA 2007 Conference
    Southern California Edison and EPRI are asking for abstract submissions for papers to be presented at the 2007 EPRI Power Quality Applications (PQA) and Advanced Distribution Automation (ADA) Conference, scheduled for June 10-14 in Long Beach, Calif. The conference is a forum for electric power end-users, distribution engineers, reliability and power quality professionals, and related manufacturers. The week of events will include pre-conference tutorials and workshops on topics such as advanced PQ monitoring, advanced distribution automation, and IntelliGrid Distribution Open Architecture, as well as post-conference EPRI working meetings. Two- to three-paragraph abstracts on the main points of the paper, including issues experienced and conclusions, will be accepted until Jan. 12 through e-mail to Lisa Wolfenbarger.

    ClearTrax range-taking connectors feature easy lay-in installation of aluminum or copper conductors and accommodate a wire range of 1000MCM - 6. Benefits are a faster and safer connection resulting from reduced cable manipulation during installation. Visit our Web site at for additional product information.

    Shows and Events
    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 a.m. 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

    The National Institute of Building Sciences, as well as the American Institute of Architects, the Construction Specification Institute, and the Associated General Contractors of America present FEDcon, the Market Outlook Conference on Federal Construction, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the Washington Convention Center. The event includes a full day of presentations outlining current year construction budgets, planned budgets for future years, building types to be designed, regional and international construction information, and the overall direction of design/construction programs. Regular admission is $75, which includes admission to co-located AEC-ST Federal, exhibit hall, and keynote speeches. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site by scrolling down and clicking on Package #4-FEDCon.
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