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February 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 3


CONTENTS
Global Market for Large and Advanced Batteries Worth $11.4 Billion by 2012

Energy-Efficiency Plans Passed in Illinois

Arizona Last in Net Metering Report

Energy-Efficiency Program Proposed in Missouri

Electrical Construction Wanted in North Dakota

Electrical Work Required in Tennessee

Business Brief

OSHA Signs Alliance with IBEW-NECA Technical Institute

Electric West

EGSA 2008 Annual Spring Convention

IEEE IAS Safety Workshop

The Three As of Arc Flash Live Webinar


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    Around the Circuit
    Global Market for Large and Advanced Batteries Worth
    $11.4 Billion by 2012

    The global market for large and advanced batteries is expected to grow from $8.8 billion in 2007 to more than $11.4 billion by 2012, according to Wellesley, Mass.-based BCC Research's technical market research report, "Large & Advanced Battery Technology & Markets." This marks a compound average annual growth rate (CAGR) of 5.1%. The report broke the market down into motive, advanced portable, advanced stationary, hybrid electric vehicle (HEV) and plug-in, and developmental applications. Of these, advanced portable has the largest share of the market. Valued at $3.4 billion in 2007, this segment is expected to reach $4.2 billion by 2012, a CAGR of 4.1%.

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


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    Energy-Efficiency Plans Passed in Illinois
    Illinois regulators recently approved energy-efficiency plans proposed by the state's biggest electric utilities to help customers reduce energy use and lower their bills. The utilities were ordered to develop efficiency programs by 2007 legislation that required $1 billion in rebates and refunds to cover skyrocketing electric bills.

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


    Arizona Last in Net Metering Report
    According to a report from New York-based Network for New Energy Choices, New Jersey leads the nation in net metering, while Arizona lacks any statewide rules, leaving utilities to make their own. "Net metering" is when solar energy users generate more electricity than they use, feeding excess back into the electric grid in exchange for credit to be applied at times when the sun isn't out. Under Arizona regulations, says the report, the local utility companies have such a low cap on how much net metering they'll allow credit for that it prevents larger installations from coming in. Tucson Electric Power caps the reimbursement level at 10kW, which is much lower than places with statewide rules, some of which set caps at 1MW or 2MW.

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


    Energy-Efficiency Program Proposed in Missouri
    St. Louis-based AmerenUE recently proposed quadrupling annual spending on efficiency programs to $56 million by 2016 to slow the rate of electricity demand growth. The utility, which sells electricity to 1.2 million Missouri customers, will spend $14 million this year and plans to ramp up its investment over the next eight years, according to a plan filed with state regulators. The utility's goal is to reduce energy demand growth by about 25%, or 540MW, by 2025. Without those efforts, demand in the utility's service is estimated to rise by 2,000MW, equivalent to the size of two midsize power plants.

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


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    ILSCO Product Line Expansion
    ILSCO has expanded its ACO line to include ACO-1000 with a wire range of 1000kcmil — 750kcmil. The ACO-1000 wire range includes 900kcmil compacted aluminum conductor and is manufactured from high-strength aluminum alloy. The off-center pin allows connectors to be rotated for parallel applications. The ACO line of aluminum offset pigtail adaptors is UL listed and CSA certified with a wire range 1000kcmil — 2/0. www.ilsco.com


    Project Watch
    Electrical Construction Wanted in North Dakota
    Sealed bids for the construction of the campus alert system for Bismark State College, Bismarck, N.D., will be accepted until 3 p.m. CST on Feb. 28. For more information, visit the Web site for the public notices of the State of North Dakota.


    Electrical Work Required in Tennessee
    Bell & Associates, construction manager/general contractor for the law school renovations at the University of Memphis, Memphis, Tenn., is requesting bids for electrical work. For more information, contact John Thayer at (615) 373-4343. The deadline for bids is March 4 at 2 p.m. CST.


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    Business Brief
    WDF Services Corp. and Five Star Electric Corp. recently merged to create GreenStar Services Corp., New York, a mechanical, electrical, and specialty contractors with a backlog exceeding $1.1 billion. By establishing a single-source mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) service provider, GreenStar, through its three operating subsidiaries, is now better positioned to fully capitalize on the unprecedented growth of complex infrastructure and environmental projects in the markets in which it operates.

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


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    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Signs Alliance with IBEW-NECA Technical Institute
    The Calumet City, Ill., area office of the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently signed an alliance with the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship and Training Trust (EJATT) in Alsip, Ill. The goal of the alliance is to enhance safety training provided to apprentice and journeymen electricians. EJATT, sponsored by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 134 and the National Electrical Contractors' Association (NECA), is responsible for the training and skilled craft education of approximately 17,000 apprentices and journeymen who work in Chicago and Cook County, Ill.


    Shows & Events
    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 Feb. 27-29. It provides the tools you need to become more efficient, work faster, more profitably 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.


    EGSA 2008 Annual Spring Convention
    The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) 2008 Annual Spring Convention is scheduled for March 16-18 in Santa Ana Pueblo, N.M. Sessions for this year's event include "Variable-Speed Gensets," "Reducing Carbon Monoxide and Particulates from Internal Combustion Engines," "Current Emissions Technologies," and "Design Build Concepts." For more information and to register, visit the EGSA Web site.


    IEEE IAS Safety Workshop
    The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) will take place from March 18-21 in Dallas. Topics for workshops to be presented this year include electrical safety, arc-flash hazards, logout/tagout solutions, risk management, and NFPA 70E-2009. For more information and to register, visit the IEEE Web site.





    The Three As of Arc Flash Live Webinar

    On March 19 at 2 p.m. ET and 11 a.m. PT, Gary Fox, P.E., from GE Consumer and Industrial, will review modern equipment techniques that can be used to mitigate the risk of arc flash. The presentation will review recent customer research findings on the subject of arc flash awareness, techniques for reducing the risk in existing installations, and designing for new installations. For more information and to register, visit the Webinar's Web site.

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