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July 16, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 13


CONTENTS
Mid-Atlantic Projects Down from 2006

IEC Opposes SAC Fee

OG&E Files Construction Initiative

AmerenUE to Invest $1 Billion in Infrastructure

Storage Facility Project in Maine

Lighting Upgrade in Virginia

Business Brief

Caterpillar Customer Safety Services Launches New Web site

WEEC 2007

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

EC&M Code Change Conferences


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    Around the Circuit
    Mid-Atlantic Projects
    Down from 2006

    The U.S. Mid-Atlantic region is experiencing a decline in industrial project spending in 2007 when compared with 2006, says the 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 projects totaling $6.7 billion, and North Carolina, with 178 projects totaling $6.7 billion, are the region's leading states for project activity this year.


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    IEC Opposes SAC Fee
    With the loss of funding from the the Bureau of Apprenticeship (BAT), some states using the State Apprenticeship Council (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.

    OG&E Files Construction Initiative
    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 $3.3 billion in major projects designed to expand capacity, enhance reliability, and improve environmental performance. The bulk of the plan includes strengthening and expanding the electric transmission, distribution, and substation systems and replacing aging infrastructure. 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 $1 Billion
    in Infrastructure

    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 better than federal environmental standards.


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    Project Watch
    Storage Facility 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 site 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.

    Lighting Upgrade in Virginia
    The County of Henrico, Va., is soliciting proposals from 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, and wiring will be removed. The entire system will be re-designed and re-engineered for replacement between the end of the 2007 season and the beginning of the 2008 season. Proposals will be accepted until 2 p.m. on July 27. For more information, download a pdf of the project description from the county's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    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 communications 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.


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    Grounding Line Addition
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    Eye on Safety
    Caterpillar 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
    WEEC 2007
    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.








    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 www.roadamerica.com.


    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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