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September 28, 2007 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 6, No. 18

Colorado Pre-Approves 11 ESCOs

Iowa County Approves Wind Farm

IEEE/NFPA Outline Project Test Plan

West Virginia Requests Bids on Conduit Project

Illinois County Seeks Electrical Upgrades

Business Brief

DHS Hacks Generator Controls

14th Annual Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Conference

LightShow West

7x24 Exchange Conference

EC&M University

EC&M Code Change Conferences

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    Around the Circuit
    Colorado Pre-Approves 11 ESCOs
    The Colorado Governor's Energy Office (GEO) recently kicked off a program intended to improve the energy efficiency of state and public buildings by using performance contracts. GEO pre-approved 11 energy service companies (ESCOs) to identify and evaluate energy-savings opportunities and then recommend and install a package of improvements. The improvements are paid for with the savings generated by improved energy efficiency and reduced maintenance costs.

    The Colorado State Parks will be the first state organization to sign a performance contract under the new program. "Our utility costs have increased 78% in the last seven years, and we believe this trend will continue," says Elling Myklebust, the energy coordinator for the Colorado State Parks Division. "Working with the GEO and getting access to their pre-selected ESCOs will save us valuable time in selecting a reputable company that can help us identify and implement the best efficiency and renewable energy projects in our 42 parks across the state. The sooner we start, the sooner we save."

    The PowerPad is a hand-held three-phase power and power quality meter with a large easy-to-read graphical color display. Measurements are displayed numerically and graphically with colored waveforms. The meter is menu-driven with pop-up functions that are activated at the push of a button. All necessary measurements are available for a comprehensive power system check or analysis to 830Vrms; 6500Arms with a complete family of clamp-on and flexible probes.

    Iowa County Approves Wind Farm
    The Story County Planning and Zoning Commission recently approved a conditional application submitted by Story Wind LLC, a subsidiary of Florida Power and Light Energy LLC (FPL), to erect approximately 100 wind turbines in Story County, Iowa. The proposal was approved unanimously by the board after the company agreed to several conditions, including the locations of the turbines, obtaining the required permits, paid training for local rescue authorities on how to cover turbine-related emergencies, dust control measures, and the removal of all turbines and debris after the contracts have expired. FPL has entered into contracts with county landowners who will collectively receive around $600,000 a year in reimbursements for the use of their land.

    IEEE/NFPA Outline Project Test Plan
    Representatives of the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) recently met to share information on the IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Research and Testing Project and to answer questions so that members will be better able to decide on funding. Contributions to date total $2 million, $4.5 million less than is needed to fund the entire program. The project is intended to better understand and mitigate the effects of hazardous electrical arc phenomena on workers. A project test plan has been developed that covers the following aspects of arc flash phenomena:

    • Development of an engineering-based model.

    • Thermal effects.

    • Heat transfer and injury statistics.

    • Hazards other than thermal and electromagnetic.

    • Electromagnetic hazards.

    • The impact of enclosure and bus configurations.
    Testing is expected to provide the following:
    • Extensive arc flash data, from both low-voltage and medium-voltage systems, to be included in the development of the arc flash model.

    • Electromagnetic hazards identification, including bandwidths and energy.

    • Information on hazards other than thermal and electromagnetic that include blast pressure, shrapnel, sound waves, molten material, and toxicity.

    • Impact of the enclosure configurations including size, geometry, and conductor orientation.
    The results of the tests will be used to revise IEEE 1584 and NFPA 70E.

    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
    West Virginia Requests Bids on Conduit Project
    Sealed proposals for the Utility Corridor Duct Bank project, West Virginia State University, Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute will be received by the West Virginia State University, Gus R. Douglass Land-Grant Institute until 10 a.m PST on Oct. 2. Scope of work includes construction of approximately 1,200 linear of feet of concrete encased electrical and communications conduits, pre-cast concrete utility vaults, asphalt pavement repair, miscellaneous appurtenances, and incidental construction for a complete and operating system.

    Additive alternates may include two 4-inch telecommunications conduits and two 4-inch electrical conduits from the administration building to the two-story building located across alley, as well as two 4-inch telecommunications conduits and two 4-inch electrical conduits from the transformer to the one-story building located at the end of Douglass Street. For questions regarding plans, contract documents, and specifications, contact Terradon Corp., Poca, W.V., at (304) 755-8291.

    Illinois County Seeks
    Electrical Upgrades

    The Housing Authority of Pope County, Ill., will receive sealed bids for electrical upgrades at projects IL-58-1/Golconda and IL-58-2/Golconda. A pre-bid meeting is scheduled for Oct. 10 at 9:30 a.m. CST at the Housing Authority Office in Golconda, Ill. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. CST on Oct. 23.

    ClearTrax Lay-In Connectors
    ILSCO has introduced ClearTrax® lay-in connectors. ClearTrax range-taking connectors feature easy lay-in installation of aluminum or copper conductors and accommodate a wire range of 1000kcmil - 6. Benefits are a faster and safer connection resulting from reduced cable manipulation during installation. Fabricated from 6061-T6 aluminum alloy to ensure strength and conductivity, ClearTrax is clear plated for low contact resistance. The compact body is designed as a single piece and is engineered for heat dissipation.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Syracuse, N.Y.-based CXtec will host its fifth annual Cables for a Cure campaign throughout October in support of the American Cancer Society's breast cancer awareness effort. The company will donate five cents from every stocked-length copper patch cable and 50 cents from every stock-length CABLExpress fiber jumper sold in October.

    CXtec will also send a pink ribbon cable pin to any customer that makes a qualifying purchase during the month. Customers can also opt to receive a pink ribbon window cling as an alternative to the pin. The pin is intended to resemble the "Making Strides" pink ribbon symbol that honors breast cancer survivors and those lost to the disease, as well as to support the search for a cure. CXtec will be selling these pins and window clings through its Web site.

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

    Hardhat, Tool Belt,
    Work Boots

    You rely on a lot of things to get the job done. And now, you can add NES Rentals to 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.

    Eye on Safety
    DHS Hacks Generator Controls
    CNN's Jeanne Meserve recently disclosed an experimental cyber attack that caused a generator to self-destruct, which was carried out by the Dept. of Homeland Security (DHS) at the Dept. of Energy's Idaho lab. The experiment involved hacking into a replica of a power plant's control system, which changed the operating cycle of the generator, sending it out of control. According to Meserve, the White House was briefed on the experiment, and DHS officials said they have since been working with the electric industry to devise a way to thwart such an attack. For the full article and to view video of the generator malfunction, visit CNN's Web site.

    Shows and Events
    14th Annual Circuit Breaker
    Test & Maintenance Conference

    Finepoint will present the 14th Annual Circuit Breaker Test & Maintenance Training Conference from Oct. 1-5 in Pittsburgh. Topics for this year's seminars include circuit breaker mechanism seizures and slow trip times, theft-resistant ground wire options for substations, high-voltage circuit breaker tests, and remote racking of switchgear breakers. For more information and to register, visit the event's Web site.

    LightShow West
    LightShow West will take place from Oct. 24-25 in Los Angeles. Conference sessions will cover daylighting controls, trends in lamps and ballasts, changes to Title 24 lighting standards, and lighting and sustainability. For more information and to register, visit LightShow West's Web site.

    7x24 Exchange Conference
    The Fall 2007 Conference is scheduled for Oct. 28-31 in Grapevine, Texas. Education sessions include topics such as design, construction, operation, and maintenance of mission-critical facilities. Participants are eligible for CEU credits. For more information, visit the 7x24 Exchange Web site.

    EC&M University
    EC&M Magazine will sponsor its EC&M University from Oct. 29-31 in Dallas. Sessions presented at the event will include discussions on power quality, such as troubleshooting, grounding, and harmonics, as well as electrical design and installation, such as NEC, arc flash, and maintenance. For more information and to register, visit the EC&M University 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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