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August 31, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 16


CONTENTS
Efficiency Begins at Home for DOE

Organizations Offer Recommendations for Energy-Efficient Schools

Research Finding May Lower Cost of Solar Power Technology

DOE Provides Energy Audits for New Orleans Public Schools

Electrical Construction in North Dakota

Naples, Fla., Requests Installation of 200kW Generator

Wisconsin-Based Industrial Electrician Wins Prize Drawing

Business Brief

Blade Speed May Have Led to Worker's Death

Solar Power 2007

National Manufacturing Week

ACEC Fall Conference

EC&M Code Change Conferences


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    Around the Circuit
    Efficiency Begins at Home for DOE
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched a new initiative to reduce energy usage by 30% across the nationwide DOE complex, hoping to save about $90 million in taxpayer money per year. In addition to a 30% reduction in energy usage, the Transformational Energy Action Management (TEAM) initiative requires that DOE facilities increase the installation of onsite renewable energy projects or optimize their purchase of renewable electricity and that its alternative fuel vehicles fleet operate exclusively on clean, alternative fuels.

    To cover the cost of the initiative, the DOE expects to spend appropriated funds for up-front investment in items such as advanced lighting, heating, and air conditioning. The initiative is part of the plan to meet the goals set by Executive Order 13423, signed by President Bush in January.


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    Organizations Offer Recommendations for
    Energy-Efficient Schools

    Through a collaboration, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the American Society of Heating Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA) will release "The Advanced Energy Design Guide for K-12 School Buildings."

    The guide offers recommendations for designing and building energy-efficient schools that would achieve at least a 30% energy savings above typical building codes. The guide provides practical, integrated recommendations using currently available, off-the-shelf technologies with minimal upfront costs. In addition, it contains specific measures, best practices, and case studies for various climate zones.


    Research Finding May Lower Cost of Solar Power Technology
    Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), in collaboration with Santa Clara, Calif.-based Innovalight Inc., recently reported that Multiple Exciton Generation (MEG) occurs efficiently in silicon nanocrystals. MEG results in the formation of more than one electron per absorbed photon and may enhance the conversion efficiency of solar cells based on silicon because more of the sun's energy is converted to electricity. This finding may be critical to decreasing the cost of solar energy technology.


    DOE Provides Energy Audits for
    New Orleans Public Schools

    New Orleans public schools will receive the first step toward energy-efficient retrofits through energy audits intended to identify improvements for energy efficiency. The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced it will commit up to $1.5 million in technical assistance to provide as many as 75 energy audits in public schools throughout Crescent City. The audits could identify up to 25% in potential energy savings, possibly saving up to $1 million annually on utility bills.

    The audits will include analysis of heating and cooling systems, lighting, and structural elements. Upgrades achievable with minimal upfront costs and a return on investment in approximately three to five years will be of the highest priority. The DOE will also assist in the design of new schools, expected to be 30% more efficient than current building codes.


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Construction in North Dakota
    Sealed bids for electrical construction work for a building addition to Sorenson Hall at Fraine Barracks, Bismarck, N.D., will be received by the Adjutant General of the State of North Dakota until 2 p.m. CST, Sept. 12. For more information, visit the North Dakota Newspaper Association's online public notices.


    Naples, Fla., Requests Installation of 200kW Generator
    The Office of the Purchasing Director in Naples, Fla., will accept bids for furnishing and installing a 200kW generator until 2:30 p.m. EST, Sept. 13. For more information, visit the Collier County Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Wisconsin-Based Industrial Electrician Wins Prize Drawing
    Dan Giffen, Lake Geneva, Wis., recently enjoyed an all-expenses-paid trip to the Generac Power Weekend at the Road America race track in Elkhart Lake, Wis. "I've never won anything in my life so I was kind of shocked when they called me," Giffen says. "It was good racing, and it's a beautiful facility."

    The drawing was open to visitors of the Waukesha, Wis.-based Generac booth in the EC&M e-tradeshow. For more information on the race weekend winner and prize, visit EC&M's Web site.


    Business Brief
    West Kingston, R.I.-based APC-MGE recently partnered with Hamburg, Germany-based air-conditioning experts Stulz. Under the agreement, APC-MGE will add an APC-branded perimeter cooling product manufactured by Stulz to its line of cooling products. In addition, Stulz will be able to offer APC's InRow cooling systems to its customer base. Both firms will provide full application engineering support for these solutions and APC-MGE will offer services, including maintenance, through Stulz service partners. Initially, the agreement will cover select countries in Europe.

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


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    Eye on Safety
    Blade Speed May Have Led to Worker's Death
    Siemens Power Generation, Orlando, Fla., recently issued a statement that rapidly turning turbine blades may have contributed to the buckling of a 231-foot wind tower that killed one worker and injured another at a Klondike III wind farm near Portland, Ore., on Aug. 25. The wind farm is in its final stages of construction and consists of 44 Siemens 2.3MW turbines and 80 GE Energy 1.5MW turbines. The structural design of the tower doesn't seem to have been an issue. The Oregon Occupational Safety and Health Division has begun an investigation into the incident.


    Shows and Events
    Solar Power 2007
    The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) will present the 2007 Solar Power conference and expo Sept. 24-27 in Long Beach, Calif. Subject matter for training and workshops include grid-tied PV for professionals, the effect PV and the NEC have on the electrical industry, and solar installations in residential new construction. For more information, visit the Solar Power 2007 Web site.


    National Manufacturing Week
    National Manufacturing Week is scheduled for Sept. 24-27 in Chicago. Conference topics at this year's event include cost-driven design, energy leadership, SMT inspection and testing, and overall equipment effectiveness. For more information and to register, visit National Manufacturing Week's Web site.







    ACEC Fall Conference

    The American Council of Engineering Company's (ACEC) national conference on the built environment will take place in Maui, Hawaii Sept. 26-29. The event will feature seminars on next-generation offshoring, conducting sustainability audits, building information modeling (BIM), and risk-management strategies. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.


    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), our 2008 Code change conferences will provide professional engineers 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, download a pdf of the schedule from the EC&M Web site.

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