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April 30, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 8


CONTENTS
USFCC Requests Extension for Tax Credit

Maryland Approves Solar Energy Bill

CEA Endorses National Standards for Lighting Efficiency

Arkansas Needs On-Call Design Services

Electrical Work Available in Pittsburgh Schools

Business Brief

West Coast EMC

EC&M Code Change Conferences


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    Around the Circuit
    USFCC Requests Extension for Tax Credit
    Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Fuel Cell Council (USFCC) recently asked Congress for a long-term extension of the investment tax credit for businesses and households that install fuel cells. In testimony to the Ways and Means Subcommittee on Select Revenue Measures, Robert Rose, executive director of the USFCC, endorsed H.R. 550, bipartisan legislation introduced by Reps. Mike McNulty (D-NY) and Dave Camp (R-MI) with 54 co-sponsors to extend the credit for eight years and to make other improvements. The current incentive is scheduled to expire after 2008.

    "An eight-year extension of the tax credits ... will provide certainty and stability for purchasers, stimulate cost reduction and supply chain interest, and send a positive signal to capital markets," says Rose. Currently, more than 30 fuel cell products are on offer from USFCC member companies.



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    Maryland Approves Solar Energy Bill
    Senate Bill 595 modifies the state's renewable energy requirement to include a minimum percentage of solar power, starting at 0.0005% of retail electricity sales in 2008 and increasing to 2% of electricity sales by 2022, according to a newsletter from the U.S. Department of Energy's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. The new solar requirement is added on to the previous renewable requirement, which called for 7.5% renewable energy by 2019. The bill also increases the maximum size of customer-owned, grid-connected power systems for net metering from 200kW to 2MW, and requires utilities to provide net metering for up to 1,500MW of customer-owned generation systems. Net metering allows customers to earn credit for power fed back into the electrical grid. The Solar Energy Industries Association hailed the passage of the bill, claiming it will make Maryland into one of the nation's largest markets for solar energy.

    CEA Endorses National Standards for
    Lighting Efficiency

    The Canadian Electricity Association (CEA), Ottawa, Ontario, voiced its approval of the proposed performance standards for lighting products announced by Natural Resources Minister Gary Lunn. The proposal includes a collaborative approach, drawing together provincial and territorial governments, electric utilities, manufacturers, and distributors that will result in the definition of a standard by the end of this year and timelines for the elimination of low-efficiency lighting by 2012.

    According to a study funded in part by CEA, lighting has the highest potential for energy savings for Canada. It is responsible for a significant portion of the electricity consumed by buildings: 4% of total energy use for residential and 14% total energy use for commercial. The federal government's initiative complements a collaborative effort already underway among CEA, utilities, governments, and standards bodies to transform the lighting market to more efficient technology.


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    Project Watch
    Arkansas Needs On-Call Design Services
    Little Rock, Ark.-based Arkansas Building Authority (ABA) is soliciting responses from qualified firms to provide on-call professional engineering services for mechanical and electrical engineering as defined by the Arkansas Building Authority Minimum Standards and Criteria (ABAMSC) 6-201 for the design of critical maintenance and repair projects at ABA facilities in Pulaski County and Sebastian County in Arkansas. Professional services required include but are not limited to: review of agency's program and budget, code analysis, cost estimating, schematic design, design development, construction document development; regulatory agency review submittals; advertisement and bidding, contract administration, project observations, and project closeout. The deadline for submitting detailed responses to this RFQ is 4 p.m. CST on May 18. For more information, visit the ABA Web site.

    Electrical Work Available in
    Pittsburgh Schools

    The Board of Public Education of the School District of Pittsburgh is requesting sealed proposals for general electrical work at various schools. Proposals will be received in the Office of the Chief Operations Officer and Assistant Secretary, Room 251, Administration Building, 341 South Bellefield Ave. until 2 p.m. EDT during the month of May. Interested contractors should refer to the official advertisement in the official documents for specific opening and possible mandatory pre-bid meetings dates. For more information, visit the Facilities Division, 1305 Muriel St., between the hours of 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.


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    Grounding Line Addition
    ILSCO introduces a new line of cast bronze clamps with copper straps for grounding rigid conduit systems (BGCS). The BGCS clamps have a ground wire range of 3/0-10, a water pipe range of 1/2 inch to 1 inch, and a conduit hub size range of 1/2 inch to 1 inch. Two versions are available: one with a saddle for connecting the ground wire to the pipe and one without a saddle. UL Listed and CSA certified. www.ilsco.com


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    Business Brief
    Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Alliant Energy - Interstate Power and Light Co. (IP&L) recently selected Stanley Consultants, Muscatine, Iowa, as the pre-construction owner's engineer for IP&L's proposed new 600MW coal-fired generation facility. The utility plans to construct the new facility next to the existing Sutherland Generating Station in Marshalltown, Iowa. Stanley Consultants will join IP&L project staff in reviewing engineering work leading up to groundbreaking and assist with the hiring of a contractor to build the generating station. Design work on the new plant continues, and permitting and regulatory approval efforts are just underway. IP&L expects to file for plant certification with the Iowa Utilities Board this summer with an expected groundbreaking in late 2008 or early 2009. IP&L projects commercial operation of the plant in 2013.

    "We're extremely pleased to bring Stanley Consultants into the fold on this project," says Tom Aller, president of IP&L. "We've made it clear that this plant is about the economic and business health of our service territory. By selecting an Iowa company as our owner's engineer, we're able to expand the positive impact of this plant on the state's economy."

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

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    West Coast EMC The Association of Energy Engineers will present the West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) from June 6-7 in Long Beach, Calif. Topics for workshops at this year's event include demand-side management and technology, sustainable development, distributed generation and renewable energy, and perspectives on the future. For more information and to register, visit AEE's Web site.


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