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June 15, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 11

Cast Your Vote Now!

Report Reveals Increase in U.S. Wind Power Capacity in 2006

Florida Shows Renewed Interest in Nuclear Power

San Antonio Utility Plans Biggest Solar Installation in Texas

Green Building Standard Ready for Public Comment

California County Requests Installation of Water Treatment Pump

Wisconsin Village Seeks Contractor for Remodel and Addition

Business Brief

NEMA Publishes White Paper on the Impact of Home Electrical Fires

Let's Go Racing!
Win a Free Road America Race Weekend for Two

EC&M Code Change Conferences

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    Product of the Year Competition

    Cast Your Vote Now!

    Do you want the opportunity to win $100? Then visit the EC&M Web site by June 22 to cast your vote in EC&M's Product of the Year competition and help us identify the best new product introduced to the electrical industry in 2006.

    When you visit the EC&M Web site, an automatic poll will pop up. (Note: If you have a pop-up blocker program, it may prevent you from seeing the poll. Temporarily disable the program to allow the poll to appear on your computer.) You then need to type in your contact information, choose your favorite product, and click submit. It's that simple. For additional information on each category winner, click on the product name in the pop-up poll window, and it will bring you to a page that features product summaries for all 24 category winners.

    A panel of seven judges initially narrowed the field from 108 entrants down to 24 category winners, and now we need your help to determine the Platinum, Gold, and Silver Award winners. The competition has honored innovation and excellence in product development in the electrical industry for the past seven years.

    AEMC's Clamp-On Ground Resistance Testers, Models 3711 and 3731, measure ground and rod resistance in any environment without the use of auxiliary ground rods. These instruments are used on multi-grounded systems without disconnecting the ground under test. Features include: fast setting time, high immunity to electrical noise, extended battery life, and rugged, easily cleaned, smooth jaws improve reading accuracy.

    Around the Circuit
    Report Reveals Increase in U.S. Wind Power Capacity in 2006
    A report by the U.S. Dept. of Energy (DOE) says that U.S. wind power capacity increased by 27% in 2006 and that the United States had the fastest growing wind power capacity in the world in 2005 and 2006. According to the report, "Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends: 2006," the U.S. led the world for the second year in a row by installing 2,454MW of wind power capacity, producing roughly 16% of the worldwide wind market, followed by Germany, India, Spain, and China. To read other key findings of the report, visit the DOE's Web site.

    Florida Shows Renewed Interest in Nuclear Power
    Florida, Virginia, and South Carolina now appear to lead other states in efforts to connect three dozen proposed nuclear plants into the nation's electric grid, says Dr. Dale Klein, chairman of the Nuclear Regulatory Commission. Recently, renewed interest in nuclear power has been gaining in popularity as advocates for reviving nuclear energy relieve the public's fears of radioactive meltdowns and anxieties over potential disaster from global warming increase. According to proponents of the energy, the next-generation nuclear plants will be much safer and discharge virtually no global warming carbon dioxide.

    San Antonio Utility Plans Biggest Solar Installation in Texas
    San Antonio, Texas-based investment firm Silver Ventures and utility CPS Energy are planning the renovation of the city's Pearl Brewery to include a learning laboratory for green building and energy efficiency, which will include a $1.35-million solar energy installation, the largest in the state. The 200kW solar panels will be installed on a 67,000-square-foot former warehouse being adapted for office, retail, and residential use.

    The project will generate about one-quarter of the building's total energy needs, and will allow CPS Energy to test the viability of a solar energy application in a large, real-world commercial application, helping the utility with its goal of achieving renewable energy capacity equal to 15% of its customers peak demand by 2020. The project will be one of the first LEED-certified buildings in San Antonio.

    Green Building Standard Ready for Public Comment
    A proposed new standard that would provide minimum guidelines for green building practices has been released for public comment. The standard is being developed by Atlanta-based American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) in conjunction with New York-based Illuminating Society of North America (IESNA), and Washington, D.C.-based U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). Standard 198P, "Standard for the Design of High-Performance Green Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings," would provide a baseline for sustainable design, construction, and operations in order to drive green building into mainstream building practices. It would apply to new commercial buildings and major renovation projects, addressing key areas of performance, including energy efficiency, greenhouse gas emissions, sustainable site selection, water usage, materials and resources, and indoor environmental quality.

    The standard is being developed using USGBC's LEED Green Buildings Rating System, which addresses the top 25% of building practices, as a key resource. Upon acceptance, Standard 189 will be an ANSI-accredited standard that can be incorporated into building code. It is intended that the standard will eventually become a prerequisite for LEED certification. Comments will be accepted through July 9 at the ASHRAE Web site.

    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
    California County Requests Installation of Water Treatment Pump
    The Sacramento County Water Agency is accepting prequalification statements for the construction of the Vineyard Surface Water Treatment Plant. The project includes an 8,000-hp treated water pump station/electrical building and electrical feed and distribution facilities. Statements are due by 2 p.m. PST on June 28. For more information, contact Don Spiegel by phone (916) 418-8273 or via e-mail.

    Wisconsin Village Seeks Contractor for Remodel and Addition
    The Village of North Hudson, Wis., is seeking bids for an addition and remodeling of the North Hudson Village Hall. Scope of work comprises all general construction, including electrical and mechanical work, for a 4,100-square-foot new addition and remodel. Bids are due no later than 3 p.m. CST on July 2. For more information, contact Gloria Troester, village clerk, at (715) 386-5141.

    Grounding Line Addition
    ILSCO introduces a new line of cast bronze clamps with copper straps for grounding rigid conduit systems. The BGCS clamps have a ground wire range of 3/0 to No. 10, a water pipe range of 1/2" to 1", and a conduit hub size range of 1/2" to 1". 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.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Phoenix-based companies PDL Engineering & Controls, Inc., and TMV Systems Engineering, Inc., have joined forces to become one of the largest electrical engineering firms in the Southwest. The new name for the company moving forward will be DLT&V Systems Engineering, Inc.

    For more business briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.

    Hardhat, tool belt, work boots.
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    Eye on Safety
    NEMA Publishes White Paper on the Impact of Home Electrical Fires
    The Low Voltage Distribution Equipment Section (LVDE) of the National Electrical Manufacturer's Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., recently published a white paper analyzing the impact of home electrical fires. The paper discusses the socioeconomic impact that home electrical fires have on homeowners and fire-fighting professionals, emphasizing the importance of safety education among homeowners, builders, electrical contractors, and others involved in home construction. The paper also reviews the potential effect arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) may have on reducing the risk of an electrical fire.

    The white paper can be found on NEMA's AFCI Web site, along with additional educational resources.

    Shows and Events

    Let's Go Racing!
    Win a Free Road America Race Weekend for Two

    EC&M magazine and Generac Power Systems have teamed up to offer an expenses-paid weekend (August 10-12, 2007), featuring two of the world's fastest racing series. The third annual Generac Power Weekend is one thrilling day of American LeMans series racing (the Generac 500) and an equally exciting day of Champ Car racing at its finest (the Generac Grand Prix). It's your chance to see both series compete in a single weekend at one of North America's most beautiful tracks. Located in the hilly heart of Wisconsin's scenic Kettle Moraine area, Road America is a four-mile permanent road course that tests drivers with 14 challenging turns.

    Enter by July 10, 2007. Visit the Generac Power Systems virtual booth at the EC&M E-Tradeshow. Full contest rules are available online in the Generac E-Tradeshow booth. For more information about the Generac Power Weekend, go to

    EC&M Code Change Conferences
    Where do you turn when you need accurate information on changes to the National Electrical Code? Acknowledged as the leaders in providing information on the NEC, EC&M magazine and EC&M Seminars have been the preferred sources of this information for more than 60 years. Seven Code change conferences have been scheduled in the fall of 2007. Host cities include: Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Orlando, Philadelphia, St. Louis, and Seattle.

    As an approved provider with the National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying (NCEES), through its Registered Continuing Education provider Program (RCEPP), professional engineers attending any of our 2008 Code change conferences will receive Professional Development Hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing in many states. The conferences are also approved by every state that has a continuing education requirement for contractors and electricians.

    For additional information on the dates and locations of these events, click here.

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