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November 30, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 22

2007 EC&M Product of the Year Call for Entries

Coal-Fired Power Plants Lead Future-Generation Unit Development

ASTM International Launches Digital Library

Oklahoma Now Requires Licensing for Temp Agencies

Miami-Dade County Seeks Contractor for Distribution System Upgrade

Town in Florida Requests Bids for Lighting Project

Business Brief

IEC National Leadership Conference

2007 International CES

Minnesota Power Service Company Seeks Electrical Engineer

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    Editor's Note
    2007 EC&M Product of the Year
    Call for Entries

    The EC&M Product of the Year Competition was established in 2000 to honor excellence in new product development in the electrical industry. Now in its seventh year, the prestigious awards program showcases the most innovative products of the past year and recognizes the talent and commitment of the people involved with every aspect of development, from concept through sales. EC&M is proud to bestow these awards on inventive products that ensure electrical professionals are able to do their jobs more efficiently and effectively.

    Entering your new products into EC&M's Product of the Year competition will provide tremendous exposure for your products and your company. In addition to identifying yourself as a leader in the electrical market, the Product of the Year competition provides repeated exposure in the industry.

    If your products were or will be introduced to the market between Jan. 1, 2006 and Dec. 31, 2006, they are eligible for the 2007 EC&M Product of the Year competition. You may download a pdf of the official call for entries from our Web site or visit the 2007 Product of the Year Award Web site.

    Around the Circuit
    Coal-Fired Power Plants
    Lead Future-Generation Unit Development

    Power-plant developers are currently evaluating more than 272,000MW of new power generation unit additions in the United States, says a report from Sugar Land, Texas-based Industrial Info Resources. According to the research firm, the majority of these projects -- about 87% -- are scheduled to begin construction by 2012. Coal-fired units lead all fuel types for future generation unit development. Development of coal, with more than 71,000MW planned, nuclear at 46,000MW, and wind projects at 47,000MW each have outpaced natural-gas fired unit development, which stands at about 45,000MW from 426 units.

    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.

    ASTM International Launches
    Digital Library

    W. Conshohocken, Pa.-based ASTM International recently digitized its entire library of technical information, including its information on construction. The library, available through several online subscription options, enables users to access ASTM's catalog, including special technical publications, manuals, journal articles, and papers and chapters. For more information, visit the ASTM Web site. Subscriptions are available by e-mailing ASTM's customer service department.

    Oklahoma Now Requires Licensing for Temp Agencies
    Temporary employment agencies that provide laborers to work on electrical construction projects must be licensed under the Oklahoma Electrical Licensing Act, according to a binding opinion issued by Attorney General Drew Edmondson. The opinion, issued on Nov. 20, states that the employment agency remains the true employer of the laborers, despite wording in contracts that may state otherwise. As the employer furnishing laborers for electrical work, the employment agency bears the responsibility for obtaining licensure as an electrical contract.

    Exclusive TightSight Display Helps Set 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
    Miami-Dade County Seeks Contractor for Distribution System Upgrade
    Miami-Dade County, Fla., Water and Sewer Department is currently preparing to advertise for bids for the upgrade of an electrical distribution system with a construction cost estimate of $29 million. Scope of work includes an electrical building with 13.8kV switchgear, diesel generators, ductbank from FPL service and to numerous service points at the WWTP, tie-ins, and related work. The expected advertisement date is Jan. 1. For more information, contact Alma M. Santiago, P.E., at (786) 552-8150.

    Florida Town Requests Bids for Lighting Project
    The Commission of the Town of Pembroke Park, Fla., is currently advertising for sealed bids for a lighting project. This project, a Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), is funded through the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). All HUD federal rules and regulations pertaining to this project are applicable. Drawings, specifications and contract documents may be obtained from Craig A. Smith & Associates at (954) 782-8222. There will be a pre-bid conference at 2 p.m. on Dec. 7 at the Public Works Office, 3150 S.W. 52nd Ave. Bids will be accepted until 3 p.m. on Dec. 14.

    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
    Chandler, Ariz.-based Engenuity Systems, distributor of intelligent networked control components, and Bellevue, Wash.-based Lagotek Corp. recently signed an agreement to distribute Lagotek's wireless Home Intelligence Platform (HIP). The agreement between the two organizations gives Lagotek access to more than 800 dealers already affiliated with Engenuity.

    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.

    Shows and Events

    Archived Conferences Available for On-Demand Viewing
    Check out this list of gems, all free of charge in the "On-Demand Library and Viewing Room" across from Conference Room A within EC&M's E-tradeshow:
    • Preparing a Claim: Bolstering Your Case Through Good Project Management
    • Harmonics: Causes, Symptoms, and Remediation Techniques
    • Power Outages: Preventive Electrical Designs and Product Solutions
    • Electrical Power Engineering: Industry Shortcomings and Possible Solutions
    • MV Cable Basics: Construction, Testing, Ground Fault Coordination
    • Ten Trends That Will Shock the Electrical Market
    • Good Project Management: Enhancing the Bottom Line
    • Insulation Resistance Testing
    • Short Term, Long Term Energy Storage Methods for Standby Power Systems
    • 2007 Construction Market Forecast

    Before accessing the archives, 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. Free access and all the information you need are available at

    IEC National Leadership Conference
    The 2007 Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) National Leadership Conference will take place from Jan. 4-6 in Sunny Isles Beach, Fla. The event, themed "Focus on the Future," will celebrate the conference's 50th anniversary with featured guest speaker Mark Levin's, CAE, CSP, keynote address on membership development and volunteer leadership. In addition, interactive sessions focusing on leadership skills are scheduled throughout the conference. For more information and to register, visit the IEC Web site.


    The 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is scheduled for Jan. 8-11 in Las Vegas. Marking its 40th anniversary, this year's event features presentations by Bill Gates, chairman of Microsoft; Ed Zander, chairman of Motorola, and Michael Dell, chairman of Dell. The Technology and Engineering Emmy Awards and a seminar on electronics recycling are also scheduled to take place. For more information, visit the show's registration page.

    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.

    Minnesota Power Service Company Seeks Electrical Engineer
    Well established, growing electrical power-service company, Utilities Plus Energy Services (UPES), Elk Grove, Minn., seeks electrical engineer/technician with a focus in power engineering. Willing to train qualified candidate. Duties include in-field testing of electrical power transmission and power distribution equipment, commissioning and start up, project management, and design work. Person must be motivated and a self-starter. UPES provides a full benefits package including 401k, competitive salary, and profit sharing. Come work with the best. Please send resume to
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