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January 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. 7, No. 1


CONTENTS
Send Us Your Projects!

IEC Asks Members and Chapters to Comment on Updates to National Apprenticeship Act

Los Angeles County Mandates Green Buildings

Power Company Customers Charged for Light Bulbs

Largest Corporate Solar PV System Installed in North Carolina

Electrical Construction and Maintenance Services Wanted in Virginia

Florida Seeks Contractor for Lighting Project

Business Brief

OSHA Says Contractors Responsible for Providing Workers' Safety Gear

2008 International Builders' Show

Engineers Week

Electric West


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    Send Us Your Projects!
    Are you an engineer, designer, or contractor with a unique new project that deserves some press? This year, EC&M has launched a new department in its print version that will feature the best and brightest projects that highlight extraordinary feats of electrical design and construction. If you would like us to consider one of your projects for publication in "Project Spotlight," send a short description to electrical.group@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    IEC Asks Members and Chapters to Comment on Updates to National Apprenticeship Act
    The U.S. Department of Labor (DOL) recently issued a Notice of Public Rulemaking (NPRM) to update the regulations that implement the National Apprenticeship Act of 1937. The current regulations were promulgated in 1977, and, according to Alexandria, Va.-based Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC), are in need of updates in order to reflect the changes in the nation's workforce over the past 30 years. According to the organization, there is much in the proposed rule that will be beneficial, but there are also issues of concern for IEC and its members.

    To read more on this topic, visit EC&M's Web site.


    Los Angeles County Mandates
    Green Buildings

    Los Angeles County is in the process of requiring new buildings to be environmentally friendly. A public hearing on new guidelines that will combine requirements for energy efficiency, low-impact design, and drought-tolerant landscaping in new developments starting in 2010 will be held on January 23. The ordinance would affect new developments in unincorporated areas, such as Rowland Heights and Hacienda Heights.

    To read this story online, visit EC&M's Web site.


    Power Company Customers Charged for Light Bulbs
    As part of a campaign to alert Maryland residents to the state's rising energy consumption and limited transmission capabilities, Greensburg, Pa.-based Allegheny Power recently mailed two compact fluorescent light bulbs to each of its customers, for which the firm is charging 99 cents a month for a year. The charge for the bulbs has angered many of the power company's customers and sparked legislative action by Delegate Kevin Kelly, who recently found out he was being charged $11.52 for the energy-efficient bulbs. The fee was hidden as a surcharge to his monthly bill, says Kelly. Todd Meyers, power company spokesperson, said that the company chose to mail the bulbs because customers had been slow to adopt new energy-saving technology. According to Meyers, Allgheny Power made no profit on the bulbs, charging what it cost to buy and mail them.

    To read the rest of this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


    Largest Corporate Solar PV System Installed in North Carolina
    On January 7, a 30kW solar photovoltaic (PV) system was switched on at Delta Products' office in Research Triangle Park, N.C. Comprised of 160 solar panels, the array is the largest corporate-owned, roof-mounted solar PV system in the state. On average, it will produce about 36,000kWh of electricity each year. The electricity generated by the system flows directly into nearby utility power lines, earning Delta approximately 18 cents per kilowatt hour -- about 4 cents per kilowatt hour from the utility and 14 cents per kilowatt hour from the North Carolina Green Power program. Delta partnered with Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based Southern Energy Management to engineer, design, and install the solar system.

    To continue reading this story, visit EC&M's Web site.


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Construction and Maintenance Services Wanted
    in Virginia

    The Purchasing Department at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State (Virginia Tech), Blacksburg, Va., is soliciting sealed proposals for electrical and communications construction and maintenance services. The work shall include, but is not limited to, placement of poles, aerial line construction and/or repairs, duct bank construction, underground cable placement, trenching/excavating, demolition, hauling/removal of debris, and other utility work. Bids are due January 31 at 3 p.m. For more information, download a pdf of the bid documents from Virginia Tech's Web site.


    Florida Seeks Contractor for
    Lighting Project

    The Purchasing Department at Gulf Coast Community College, Panama City, Fla., is seeking bids for the Gulf Franklin lighting project. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 2 p.m. on January 22. The deadline for bids is February 5 at 2 p.m. For more information, contact Keith Follmar, Pinnacle Engineering Group, at (850) 422-1763.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    San Diego-based Helix Electric, one of the largest merit-shop electrical contractors in the United States, has been awarded the contract on a design-build electrical subcontracting project for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department North Central Area Command. The station will be a two-story building complex with a building area of 26,729 square feet and a parking garage that measures 119,007 square feet.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Says Contractors Responsible for Providing Workers' Safety Gear
    OSHA recently published a new final rule requiring employers to provide personal protective equipment used to comply with OSHA's standards. Employees are responsible for far fewer costs, but still are responsible for most footwear, everyday clothing, and prescription safety glasses.

    Employers are financially responsible for purchasing those items worn for protection from workplace hazards, including (but not limited to) non-prescription safety eyewear, hard hats, and electrically insulated tools. The new rule has an enforcement deadline of May 15, 2008, six months from the date of publication to allow employers time to change their existing PPE payment policies to accommodate the final rule.


    Shows and Events
    2008 International Builders' Show
    The 2008 International Builders' Show is scheduled for February 13-16 in Orlando, Fla. Educational sessions at this year's event include topics such as building green, managing personnel and schedules, and home automation. For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.


    Engineers Week
    Engineers Week will take place from February 17-23. This year's programs include: Diversity Council; IBM's PowerUp Game; Global Marathon For, By and About Women in Engineering; Future City Competition; Family Day; and Visioneering 2008: Designing the Future. For more information on how to participate in Engineers Week, visit National Engineers Week Foundation's Web site.


    Electric West
    Year after year, electrical contractors, consultants, engineers, plant managers, and other electrical professionals make it their business to stay on top of the latest industry developments by attending the Electric West Conference, scheduled to be held in Las Vegas from February 27-29. It provides the tools you need to become more efficient, work faster, become more profitable, and stay ahead of the competition. Categories include:

    • Code changes & standards

    • Safety

    • Lighting

    • Residential applications

    • Industrial applications

    • Business practices

    • Home automation

    For 2008, the Power Quality segment will be expanded into its own separate conference. For more information and to register, visit the Electric West Web site.

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