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February 28, 2007 A Prism Business Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 4


CONTENTS
NEMA Launches Premium Ballast Program

EPA to Update Hearing Protector Regulations

IEC National Celebrates 50th Anniversary in 2007

Survey Reveals Best Facilities Relocation Sites

Minnesota Courthouse Begins Phase III HVAC Renovation

Electrical Upgrades Needed at Wisconsin School

OSHA Assesses Penalties for Alabama Electric Company

Globalcon 2007

BICSI Spring Conference


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    Around the Circuit
    NEMA Launches Premium Ballast Program
    The ballast section of Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) is planning a March 2007 launch of its promotion of the NEMA-branded high-efficiency electronic ballast program. Under the program, influenced by the Consortium for Energy Efficiency's specification for high-efficiency ballasts, members and non-members may become a contracted licensee of NEMA Premium Ballast products. The organization hopes the campaign will allow the ballast industry, NEMA members, and industry partners to work together more closely to promote high-efficiency ballasts.


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    Power Quality Analyzer
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    The Model 8220 is a single-phase AC/DC power meter with an electro-luminescent backlit digital display. It is designed for technicians and maintenance engineers, as well as electrical contractors and educators. It measures all electrical parameters -- V, A, W, VAR, and harmonics. It is ideal for tracking disturbances. www.aemc.com


    EPA to Update Hearing Protector Regulations
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Air and Radiation recently received funding and approval to update hearing protector testing and labeling regulations, which have been pending since 2003. The proposed updates include new testing standards, new ratings that may include a two-number range, a revision of the Noise Reduction Rating (NRR) acronym to "Noise Reduction Range," and a new rating subtracted from A-weighted noise levels instead of the current C-weighted noise levels. The proposals under consideration test the hearing protectors under conditions that better reflect real-world usage.

    A timetable has been established to finalize the new regulations, with a proposed rule published in the Federal Register by mid-year 2007, followed by a public comment period, hearings, and internal review. The EPA expects to have a final noise-reduction regulation in place by the end of 2007, with an effective date a few years later to allow manufacturers to retest their products and print new packaging.

    IEC National Celebrates
    50th Anniversary in 2007

    Alexandria, Va.-based Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) National will celebrate its 50th anniversary as the trade association for America's independent electrical and systems contractors in 2007. IEC National began in October 1957 when delegates from seven southwestern associations attended a meeting in Dallas to form a national association representing independent electrical contractors throughout the nation. Currently, IEC comprises 3,600 member companies in more then 70 chapters throughout the United States.

    Survey Reveals Best Facilities Relocation Sites
    New York-based Penton Media, Inc.'s Expansion Management, a business magazine for executives of companies actively looking to expand or relocate their facilities, recently published its ninth annual "America's 50 Hottest Cities" list. This year, Florida and Texas each placed five cities, while North Carolina and Tennessee each placed four cities. Four states -- Alabama, Arizona, South Carolina and Virginia -- each boasted three cities.

    The list is based on a survey of prominent industry site location consultants conducted by Expansion Management. The consultants were asked to identify which cities, out of the nation's 362 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs), their clients find most attractive when actually selecting an expansion or relocation site and why these cities are appealing. The respondents selected their top city choices for relocating and expanding manufacturing companies, taking into consideration such factors as the business climate, work force quality, operating costs, incentive programs, and the ease of working with local political and economic development officials. To view the entire list, visit the magazine's Web site.


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    ILSCO Pigtail Adaptors
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    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 a 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 www.ilsco.com and click on Compression Products to learn more.


    Project Watch
    Minnesota Courthouse Begins
    Phase III HVAC Renovation

    St. Louis County's Purchasing Department, Duluth, Minn., is requesting proposals for architectural and mechanical, electrical, and structural engineering design services required for HVAC Renovation Phase III Project of the St. Louis County Courthouse. Scope of work primarily includes the west half of the Duluth Courthouse, Floors 1-5. Proposals may be submitted electronically through DemandStar or as hard copy until March 20. For questions on submitting electronically, contact your account manager at DemandStar at (800) 711-1712 or Sonya Nelson in the Purchasing Department at (218) 726-2669. For more information, download a pdf of the request for proposals from the county's Web site.

    Electrical Upgrades Needed at Wisconsin School
    Madison Metropolitan School District, Madison, Wis., is seeking bids for HVAC and electrical upgrades at Allis Elementary School. The qualified candidate will remove the existing heating system and install new hot water boilers, piping unit vents, as well as a add a new fire alarm system, replace existing light fixtures, re-lamp and re-ballast existing fixtures, and modify electrical service and branch panels/feeder, new master clock system, and new central sound. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. CST on March 13. For more information, visit Madison's Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Assesses Penalties for Alabama Electric Company
    OSHA recently proposed $52,750 in penalties for Dora, Ala.-based Titan Electric following the investigation of an August 2005 fatal accident in which James Edward McCormick, 40, fell 40 feet from a concrete pole where he was adjusting electrical lights. The OSHA investigation determined that safety equipment was available onsite but was not being used and issued one willful citation to the company for allegedly failing to require an employee to wear fall protection equipment. OSHA also issued six serious citations for alleged hazards, including failure to place ladders on stable, level surfaces; failure to ensure that the tops of ladders were supported; failure to provide employees with fall protection training, and failure to properly store acetylene gas cylinders to prevent unexpected flow of highly flammable acetone.

    Shows and Events
    Globalcon 2007
    Atlanta-based Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) will present Globalcon 2007 April 4-5 in Atlantic City, N.J. This year's multi-track conference includes topics such as HVAC and smart building systems, renewable and alternative energy, lighting efficiency, and plant and facilities management. For more information and to register, visit Globalcon's Web site.


    BICSI Spring Conference
    Tampa, Fla.-based Building Industry Consulting Service International, Inc.'s (BICSI) Spring Conference, scheduled for April 15-18 in Dallas, includes specialty exams, standards committee meetings, and an exhibition floor. Seminars at the conference will cover a variety of topics, such as Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) regulation, fiber selection, wiring for CE applications, mitigating thermal loads in data cabinets, and reducing data center energy costs. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.



    Visit the EC&M E-Tradeshow and Learn About Claim Litigation
    Don't miss the live conference Claim Litigation: Bolstering Your Case presented by John DeDad, senior director, Editorial and EC&M Development, scheduled for March 15th. Learn how to retrieve costs resulting from undesirable and/or unplanned working conditions that are beyond your control. Find out how to document various claim categories such as acceleration and resulting decreased productivity, additional engineering costs for change-order work, additional financing expenses, and joint occupancy with other work forces. Visit http://ecmweb.com/etradeshow for information on accessing the EC&M e-Tradeshow, a virtual online exhibition and live conference center.


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