Around the Circuit
Down from 2006
The U.S. Mid-Atlantic region is experiencing a decline
in industrial project spending in 2007 when compared with 2006, says
May 2007 update of Sugar Land, Texas-based Industrial Info Resources'
"North American Project Spending Index." According to the report, the
Mid-Atlantic region is the only U.S. region currently showing a decline
in spending when compared with last year. The region has decreased from
$24.76 billion in 2006 to $21.64 billion in 2007, a 12.6% decline. The
region comprises Maryland, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia,
West Virginia, and the District of Columbia. Virginia, with 122
totaling $6.7 billion, and North Carolina, with 178 projects totaling
$6.7 billion, are the region's leading states for project activity this
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IEC Opposes SAC
With the loss of funding from the the Bureau of
Apprenticeship (BAT), some states using the State Apprenticeship
(SAC) program are proposing assessing a fee to each apprentice, reports
the Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), Alexandria, Va. IEC is
opposed to this effort, and the Executive Committee has been asked to
issue a statement.
Oklahoma City-based OG&E Electric Services recently
filed with the Oklahoma Corporation Commission the first part of a
six-year construction initiative that is estimated to include up to
billion in major projects designed to expand capacity, enhance
reliability, and improve environmental performance. The bulk of the
includes strengthening and expanding the electric transmission,
distribution, and substation systems and replacing aging
Other projects involve installing new emission-control equipment at
existing OG&E power plants.
The proposal begins with construction of
the Red Rock coal-fired electric generation power plant, a 950MW
generating unit planned in partnership with AEP-Public Service of
Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority.
AmerenUE to Invest
St. Louis-based AmerenUE recently announced plans to
invest $1 billion over the next three years to improve reliability,
upgrade delivery systems, and enhance environmental performance of its
power plants. Named "Project Power On," the three-year initiative
comprises four components designed to address the region's current and
future energy and environmental needs: $300 million for
undergrounding and reliability improvement, $135 million for tree
trimming, $84 million for circuit and
device inspection and repair, and $500 million to
address the growing energy needs of the region by installing
environmental controls on existing plants so that they meet or do
than federal environmental standards.
Hardhat, Tool Belt, Work Boots
a lot of things to get the job done. And now, you can add NES Rentals
that list. From scissor lifts to articulated booms, we've got the
reliable aerial equipment you need. Call 800-NES-RENT or visit our site
to learn more. www.NESRentals.com
Project in Maine
Stetson, Maine, is currently requesting bids for the
construction of a sand-salt storage building. Scope of work includes
construction of a 7,000-square-foot sand-salt storage facility with an
asphalt shingle roof, electrical (power and lighting), mechanical
ventilation systems, concrete retaining wall perimeter, associated
clearing and grading, and limited paving. The project must be completed
by Oct. 1. Bids will be accepted until 1 p.m. EST on July 27. For more
information, contact the Town of Stetson, c/o Board of Selectmen, P.O.
Box 85, Stetson, Maine 04488.
The County of Henrico, Va., is soliciting proposals
engineering design firms for lighting replacement at the Glen Allen
Softball Complex in the Fairfield Magisterial District The existing
four-field complex is 30 years old and all existing poles, fixtures,
wiring will be removed. The entire system will be re-designed and
re-engineered for replacement between the end of the 2007 season and
beginning of the 2008 season. Proposals will be accepted until 2 p.m.
July 27. For more information, download a pdf of the project
from the county's Web
New Flip Clip
from Cooper B-Line
The fastest, most-inexpensive way to securely hang and level wire
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. www.cooperbline.com/flipclip
Winter Park, Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co. recently
secured a $990,000 contract with Jack Jennings & Sons, Inc., Orlando,
Fla., for the new hospice in the Comforter building under construction
in Altamonte Springs, Fla. The Palmer team is providing electrical
contracting services that include wiring, fire alarm, and
systems for the two-story, 36,710-square-foot health care facility.
Designed by Heilman Architecture, P.A., Altamonte Springs, Casselberry,
Fla.-based KLG is providing electrical engineering. Completion is
planned for November of this year.
For more business briefs, visit
EC&M's Web site.
Grounding Line Addition
ILSCO introduces a new line of cast bronze clamps with copper straps
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
size range of 1/2" to 1". Two versions are available: one with a
for connecting the ground wire to the pipe and one without a saddle.
listed and CSA certified. www.ilsco.com
Eye on Safety
Customer Safety Services Launches New Web site
Customer Safety Services, a division of the Caterpillar
Technology & Solutions Division, has launched a Web site dedicated to
promoting the safety and health of users of Caterpillar products.
According to the company, visitors to the site will find information
that reinforces safety messages found in the company's official
Operation and Maintenance Manuals (OMM). The site also covers the world
of safety in motion. For the first time, Caterpillar videos on
walkaround inspections and operating tips are available on demand from
one online source.
Other SAFETY.CAT.COM offerings include OMM
excerpts, multimedia pieces, and toolbox talks on a variety of safety
topics. To visit the site, click on SAFETY.CAT.COM.
Shows and Events
The World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC) will be
holding its 30th annual conference from August 15-17 in Atlanta. Topics
for this year's seminars include renewable and alternative energy,
integrated building automation and energy management, lighting
efficiency, and solar and fuel cell technologies. FEMWorks 2007, a
comprehensive series of workshops for federal energy managers, will
discuss the components of a "high-performance facility" with
presentations and exhibits on green building design and retrofit, LEED
certification and building commissioning, operations and maintenance
improvement, security system integration, and fire protection/safety.
For information and to register, visit the event's Web site.
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
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
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
go to www.roadamerica.com.
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
of our 2008 Code change conferences will receive Professional
Development Hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing in many
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
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