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January 16, 2007 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 1

Last Chance to Enter

On the Job and Out to Lunch

Non-Residential Spending on the Rise

California Energy Commission Creates New Solar Homes Partnership

Connecticut Seeks Proposals for Power Equipment Generator Update

Dorm at Connecticut State Needs Electrical Upgrades

Business Brief

The Battcon 2007 International Stationary Battery Conference

Channel Your Energy into Knowledge and Growth

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Electrical Safety & Reliability Conference

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    Product of the Year Competition
    Last Chance to Enter
    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 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.

    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 3-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.

    Short Circuits
    On the Job and
    Out to Lunch

    C'mon people, we all make mistakes. Some are just funnier than others. You know you like reading these stories, so why not submit one of your own? Got a story about a jobsite blunder you'd like to share? Send us your story of embarrassing on-the-job mistakes for use in EC&M's Short Circuits column. If we publish it, we'll send you a check for $25. Read the latest stories submitted by your fellow readers.

    ILSCO Pigtail Adaptors
    Popular Again

    With the recent increased use of aluminum conductors, ILSCO's ACM, ACO-90, CPM, and CPML pigtail adaptors are in high demand. The pigtails give contractors the flexibility of using less-expensive aluminum conductor and then converting the conductor so that it can be installed into a copper connector. Pigtails also reduce the size of the conductor to allow installation of the conductor into smaller panel board connectors that may have been supplied. Go to and click on "Compression Products" to learn more.

    Around the Circuit
    Non-Residential Spending on the Rise
    The value of construction put in place in November totaled $1.18 trillion at a seasonally adjusted annual rate, down 0.2% from the upwardly revised October total, reports the U.S. Census Bureau. Non-residential spending experienced an increase of 1.2% in November, even after the October figure was revised to show a 1.1% gain. "There has been no letup in the torrid pace of private non-residential spending growth," says Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). "For instance, lodging construction -- mainly hotels and resorts -- jumped 4% in November and was up 71% from the November 2005 level."

    Two major public categories also performed well in November. Highway and street construction gained 0.4% for the month and 14% compared to November 2005. Education spending climbed 2% for the month and 6.6% from a year earlier. Meanwhile, residential construction dropped by 1.6% in October, bringing the cumulative decline to 11% since its peak last March.

    California Energy Commission Creates New Solar Homes Partnership
    The California Energy Commission recently united solar and energy efficiency under the new Solar Homes Partnership, a component of the California Solar Initiative. The partnership encourages builders to install solar energy systems on new homes as a standard feature for the homebuyer. Beginning in 2011, builders will be required to offer solar as a standard feature in new home developments of 50 or more. Under the partnership, new homes that qualify will be at least 15% more efficient than current energy-efficiency standards. The homes will include Energy Star-rated appliances, as well as a rooftop solar energy system with a 10-year warranty to protect against defective workmanship or system and component breakdown.

    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.

    Project Watch
    Connecticut Seeks Proposals for Power Equipment Generator Update
    The State of Connecticut's Department of Administrative Services, Hartford, Conn., is currently requesting proposals for the repair, maintenance, and inspection of transmission, distribution, and rotating power equipment (standby/stationary) generators. Completed bid forms are due at 2 p.m. on Jan. 18. To download a pdf of the bid form, visit the state's Web site.

    Dorm at Connecticut State Needs Electrical Upgrades
    The State of Connecticut, Department of Public Works, Hartford, Conn., is currently soliciting bids for electrical upgrades to the fire protection system in Brownell Hall at Southern Connecticut State University, New Haven, Conn. A mandatory pre-bid conference is scheduled for 10 a.m. EDT on Jan. 18 in the lobby of Brownell Hall. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. EDT on Jan. 31. For more information and to download a pdf of the bid documents, visit the state's Web site.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    The United States Postal Service recently awarded White Plains, N.Y.-based ConEdison Solutions (CES) an energy-efficiency contract that calls for CES to implement energy-efficiency improvements at more than 1,400 postal facilities in New York, New Jersey, and the Caribbean. Under the program, CES will identify and install energy conservation measures, including solar, wind power, and geothermal heat pumps. Other system improvements could include combined heat and power systems, HVAC equipment and building controls, as well as lighting retrofits.

    The award, one of six contracts under the postal service's Shared Energy Savings program, is part of a nationwide initiative designed to save $11 million a year in energy costs over 10 years, for a total savings of $110 million. The six contracts have an estimated value of $1.3 billion. Participating companies will receive a percentage of the dollar savings attributable to the projects in return for assuming implementation costs.

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

    Call for Papers
    The Battcon 2007 International Stationary Battery Conference
    The 11th annual Battcon 2007 Stationary Battery Conference, a three-day, noncommercial, technical symposium for storage battery users from various industries, is scheduled for May 1-3 in Tampa Bay, Fla. Whether you're in R&D, education, manufacturing, servicing, or an end-user, presenting a paper at Battcon lets you share your knowledge with your peers. Papers should be your own work, noncommercial, unique, and of interest to all levels in the fields of battery use, application, and maintenance. Submit your half page abstract via e-mail as a Word attachment. Upon acceptance, completed papers are due mid-February. Presenters are allotted 20 minutes with a question-and-answer session following. For more details, visit the Battcon Web site, which includes papers from earlier years for your review.

    Shows and Events
    Channel Your Energy into Knowledge and Growth
    Are you a residential, industrial, commercial, or institutional electrical contractor? Do you specify equipment or review construction plans? Do you maintain electrical systems in a facility? If you answered "yes" to any of these questions then you have to make plans to attend the Electric West conference program in Long Beach, Calif., which offers the information you need to stay on top of the electrical game. Check out this event's 40+ seminars and make plans to meet 200+ leading suppliers. Or register now.

    Electrical Safety & Reliability Conference
    The Professional Electrical Apparatus Recyclers League (PEARL), Parker, Colo., has scheduled its Electrical Safety & Reliability Conference from Feb. 24-27 in Dallas. This year's event includes a continuing education program for technicians and maintenance supervisors on topics including electrical failure diagnosis, testing standards and techniques, government regulations, and clean and test procedure training. A special keynote presentation will be given by Alan M. Mirman Esq. of Horgan, Rosen, Beckham & Coren, LLC, an expert in labeling and surrounding issues. For more information and to register, visit the PEARL Web site.

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