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February 29, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 4


CONTENTS
Solar Panels Protected Under Maryland Bill

Police Ask for Help to Catch Copper Thieves

BICSI Announces Cabling Skills Challenge

Economists Provide Forecast for Construction Industry

Design/Build Services Needed in Texas

Electrical Inspector Wanted in Wisconsin

Business Brief

Wisconsin Senate Approves Electrician Licensing Bill

The 3 As of Arc Flash Live Webinar

Globalcon 2008

ISC West


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    Around the Circuit
    Solar Panels Protected Under Maryland Bill
    Delegate Sue Hecht recently presented a bill in a hearing before Maryland's House Environmental Matters Committee that would prevent homeowner associations from banning solar panel installations and establish the right for homeowners to get permanent easements on access to the sun. The easements would protect a homeowner with solar panels from losing power production capability from a neighbor planting a large tree or building a structure, even if it complies with zoning laws, that blocks the panels.

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


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    Police Ask for Help to Catch Copper Thieves
    Two recent copper thefts have prompted the police in Wichita, Kan., to ask the public for help. In an uncommon request, police have asked anyone who sees what appears to be a utility crew working nearby -- especially in a parking lot, park, or other public area -- to call 911. Police have evidence to indicate the thieves are posing as utility crews in hard hats and perhaps even coats or jackets with a company name on them. "We need the public to be alert to this issue," says Capt. Darrell Haynes. "That's the only way we're going to be making headway here.

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


    BICSI Announces Cabling Skills Challenge
    The inaugural BICSI, Tampa, Fla., Cabling Skills Challenge will feature the world's best information transport systems (ITS) installers testing their skills and knowledge as they compete for the title of Installer of the Year. The event will be held in conjunction with the evening exhibition sessions during the 2008 BICSI Spring Conference, scheduled for April 27-30, in Nashville, Tenn. Competitors for the challenge will be selected from the field of entrants based on qualifying criteria such as professionalism, quality of resume, and work experience.

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

    Economists Provide Forecast for Construction Industry
    Ken Simonson, chief economist of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Washington, D.C., and Ed Sullivan, chief economist of the Portland Cement Association (PCA), Skokie, Ill., will provide an economic analysis of the construction industry at a press conference on March 12 at 10 a.m. PDT at the CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2008 in Las Vegas.

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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
    Design/Build Services Needed in Texas
    The City of Tomball, Texas is soliciting requests for proposal (RFP) from qualified design/build firms to provide all labor, materials, tools and equipment, and design/build services necessary for the expansion of the existing server room facilities and the installation of new computer room air unit located at the Tomball Police Department. Scope of work includes installation of new feeder to new emergency disconnect package (EDP) via existing panel EH, new uninterruptible power supply (UPS), new power distribution to racks, UPS distribution panel, circuits to new computer room air conditioner, and circuits to new condensers. A site visit is scheduled for March 13. The deadline for proposals is April 3. A downloadable pdf is available from the city's Web site.


    Electrical Inspector Wanted in Wisconsin
    Burlington, Wis., is seeking a commercial electrical inspector on a part-time basis. Send proposals by April 4 to Patrick Scherrer, Building Inspector, City of Burlington, 300 N. Pine Street, Burlington, WI 53105. For more information, visit the League of Wisconsin Municipalities' Web site.


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    Business Brief
    WDF Services Corp. and Five Star Electric Corp. recently merged to create GreenStar Services Corp., New York, one of the nation's leading mechanical, electrical, and specialty contractors with 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.

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    Eye on Safety
    Wisconsin Senate Approves Electrician Licensing Bill
    The Wisconsin State Senate recently approved bill SB 167, which, if passed by the State Assembly, would require state licensure of electricians and electrical contractors. To be licensed as an electrician under SB 167, a person must either complete an apprenticeship program or have a minimum amount of experience in installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring, as well as pass an examination administered by the Department of Commerce.

    In addition to the licensing requirements, the bill directs the Department of Commerce to create a statewide electrical wiring code that establishes standards for installing, repairing, and maintaining electrical wiring. It also calls for the development of standards for the inspection of all electrical wiring and requires that electrical inspectors be certified by the department.


    Shows & Events








    The 3 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.


    Globalcon 2008
    The Association of Energy Engineers presents Globalcon 2008 from March 19-20 in Austin, Texas. The multi-track conference will cover a variety of topics, including onsite generation of renewable and alternative energy, lighting efficiency, and plant and facilities management. For more information and to register, visit the Globalcon 2008 Web site.


    ISC West
    The International Security Conference & Exposition will take place in Las Vegas from April 2-4. Educational sessions at this year's event include program topics such as "Networking/IP -- Systems Design, Surveillance, Communications;" "Mobile/Wireless, Access Control and Enterprise Security;" "Smarthome; "Urban Security;" "Fire/Monitoring;" and "IT Security." For more information and to register, visit the ISC West Web site.

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