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August 31, 2006 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 5, No. 16

DOE and IESNA Sign
Memorandum of Understanding

ASHRAE Updates Existing Buildings
Energy Standard

EPA Releases Energy Standards for Manufacturing Plants

California Commission Seeks Firm to Write Energy-Savings Goals

California Cities Request Qualified Candidates for Lighting Upgrades

Business Brief

NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition

LFI 2007

Northern California Facilities Expo

Northern New Jersey Facilities Expo

IEC Electric Expo 2006

IAEI Eastern Section Annual Meeting

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    DOE and IESNA Sign
    Memorandum of Understanding

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Building Technologies Program and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), agreeing to work cooperatively to improve the efficient use of energy and to minimize the impact of energy use on the environment. The goals of the agreement include: promoting the DOE Building Technologies Program by means of the development of appropriate IESNA standards and procedures; developing and maintaining guides and procedures to assist the lighting measurement and application community in the photometric measurement of SSL devices; developing and maintaining standards that include a focus on energy conservation strategies to benefit design professionals and users; encouraging the participation of DOE personnel in IESNA technical committee activities; and developing and maintaining appropriate educational modules for inclusion in IESNA course materials.

    In addition, under the MOU the DOE will renew its commitment to support the development of metrics and standards for solid-state lighting (SSL) technology, which will act as a foundation for the Energy Star criteria for SSL. To learn more about DOE's efforts to support the development of SSL standards, see the Standards Development section of the Web site.

    AEMC's New Rugged Digital Ground Resistance Tester with automatic calculation of test results, Model 6470, performs grounding resistance, earth coupling measurement, soil resistivity, and bonding tests. This easy-to-use and accurate instrument measures up to 512 test results that can be stored in internal memory for later recall to the display or downloaded to a PC for analysis and hard copy reports with automatic fall of potential plots.

    ASHRAE Updates Existing Buildings
    Energy Standard

    ASHRAE recently updated its standard on energy conservation in existing buildings to bring it in line with other ASHRAE guidance, specifically ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2004, "Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings," and the ASHRAE Handbook, "HVAC Applications." "Energy-saving practices for operation, maintenance, and monitoring are essential for achieving sustainability in existing buildings," says Robert Fuller, vice chair of the Standard 100 committee.

    Other changes incorporated in Standard 100-2006 include updated requirements for compliance that allow for newer technology, such as more efficient lighting, that has been made available since the last update, and a revised bibliography to reflect current documents and new publications. To order a copy of Standard 100, visit the ASHRAE online bookstore.

    EPA Releases Energy Standards for Manufacturing Plants
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently expanded its Energy Star Industrial Focus program to include energy-efficiency ratings for corn refineries and cement plants. By creating energy-performance indicators (EPIs), the agency hopes to boost energy performance within leading manufacturing sectors. Current industries include pharmaceutical, petroleum refining, motor vehicle, food processing, and glass manufacturing. Under the rating system, plants are scored against a scale from 1 to 100. Recognition as an efficient plant requires a score of 75 or higher.

    The new EPIs will act as a benchmark for a manufacturing plant's total energy use and enable corn refineries and cement plants to determine their efficiency relative to other plants in their industries. In order to achieve a higher score, the program recommends industry-specific energy-management tools and resources, as well as overall basic advice, such as preventive maintenance; use of submetering, monitoring, and control systems; replacing outdated equipment with variable speed drives and high-efficiency motors, and installing occupancy sensors and lighting control systems.

    Exclusive TightSight Display Helps Set 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
    California Commission Seeks Firm to Write Energy-Savings Goals
    The California Public Utilities Commission's Energy Division seeks qualified bidders to review and assess past and recent potential studies and other relevant studies and/or literature, as well as to update the 2004-2013 energy savings goals adopted in D.04-09-060 for the energy-efficiency programs of Investor-Owned Utilities (IOUs), namely: Pacific Gas and Electric Company, Southern California Edison Company, San Diego Gas and Electric Company, and Southern California Gas Company. The project's duration is two years and has an estimated value between $100,000 to $499,999. Bids should be received by the CPUC by 4 p.m. PDT on Sept. 8. For more information and a link to the bid package, visit the CPUC Web site.

    California Cities Request Qualified Candidates for Lighting Upgrades
    The Torrance, Calif.-based South Bay Cities Council of Governments (SBCCOG), acting as lead agency on behalf of other public agencies soliciting qualifications for energy-efficient lighting retrofit services for 16 surrounding cities, recently issued a notice of request for qualifications. Preliminary energy-efficiency assessments conducted by the SBCCOG has identified potential energy-efficient lighting projects in more than 60 facilities. Specific lighting projects include T12 to T8 lamp fixture retrofits; first-generation T8 to third- or fourth-generation T8 retrofits; replacement of high-bay lighting fixtures with T8 or T5 lamps and fixtures; installation of occupancy sensors and light level sensors for internal lighting and astronomical clocks and sensors for external lighting; replacement of incandescent lamps with compact fluorescents; traffic lamp conversion from incandescent to LED; street lamp retrofits; and recreational field lighting. Qualifications must be submitted by 4 p.m. on Sept. 8. For more information, visit the SBCCOG Web site.

    Contractors Earn Free Merchandise From B-Line
    Introducing the Great GearSM program, a way to acquire free gifts by collecting and redeeming B-Line Bucks found on B-Line's fastener product boxes. Simply remove your B-Line Bucks from the box label and use them to select from a wide assortment of gear in B-Line's Great Gear catalog. To obtain a catalog and order forms, see your local B-Line distributor or visit our Web site at

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Pulte Homes recently selected the Multi-Family Division of Palmer Electric Co., Winter Park, Fla., to provide electrical contracting for Ventura at Turtle Creek in Rockledge, Fla. The two-year contract calls for the Palmer team to wire 400 condominium units in 10 four-story buildings. Palmer Electric employs a staff of 450 serving contractors, utilities, businesses, and consumers for new construction, renovations, and service and repair for residential, commercial, institutional, and industrial projects.

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

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    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
    NFPA World Safety Conference & Exposition
    NFPA's Electrical Section is now accepting proposals for educational presentations at its 2007 World Safety Conference & Exposition to be held in Boston from June 3-7. The expanded necforum conference track is designed for electrical professionals who use the National Electrical Code, NFPA 70E, and other NFPA electrical safety codes and standards. Proposals are due by Sept. 15. All speakers will receive complimentary registration to the conference. For more information, visit NFPA's Web site.

    LFI 2007
    Lightfair International (LFI) recently announced a call for speakers for LFI 2007, which will take place in New York from May 6-10. Lighting industry professionals who would like to give presentations on lighting-related topics such as applications, product updates, design innovations, case studies, lighting fundamentals, and software, may apply by Sept. 15 on the LFI Web site.

    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

    IEC Electric Expo 2006
    The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) will present the IEC Electric Expo 2006 on Sept. 8 in the Denver Convention Center. Exhibit booth space and sponsorship opportunities are still available through IEC. For more information, download an application in pdf form from the organization's Web site.

    Northern California Facilities Expo

    The Northern California Facilities Expo will take place from Sept. 20-21 in Santa Clara, Calif. Seminars at this year's event include: "Energy-Saving High-Bay Lighting -- What You Need to Know;" "Monitoring Bearing and Machine Condition Via The Internet;" "Reducing Energy Costs and Promoting Sustainability with Photovoltaics and Energy Efficiency;" "Energy Demand Response Strategies;" and "Electrical Safety Awareness -- How Do You Rate Your Employees?" For more information and to register, visit the expo's Web site.

    Northern New Jersey Facilities Expo

    The Northern New Jersey Facilities Expo will take place from Sept. 20-21 in Edison, N.J. Seminars at this year's event include: "OSHA's Electrical Safety Requirements;" "Infrared Technology -- for Electrical Applications and Beyond;" and "Energy Efficiency Considerations for Industrial and Commercial Facilities." For more information and to register, visit the expo's Web site.

    IAEI Eastern Section Annual Meeting

    The Eastern Section of the International Association of Electrical Inspectors (IAEI) will present its 82nd Electrical Code Education Seminar and Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from Sept. 28 to Oct. 1. For more information and to register, visit the IAEI Web site.

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