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March 17, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 5

Spending Index for January Indicates
36% Growth in 2008

House Approves Bill to Extend Tax Credits

IEC Informs Members About Business Incentives

Las Vegas Prepares for Fourth Wave of Growth

PV Inspectors Requested in California

Engineering and Design Services Wanted in Michigan

Business Brief

NECA Comments on OSHA Standards for Construction Work in Confined Spaces

Visit the EC&M e-Tradeshow

The 3 As of Arc Flash Live Webinar

Upper Midwest Electrical Expo

BICSI Spring Conference

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    Around the Circuit
    Spending Index for January Indicates
    36% Growth in 2008

    Planned industrial project spending in North America grew 36.9% in January in a year-over-year comparison with January 2007, according to Industrial Info Resources, Sugar Land, Texas. Currently, there is $327 billion worth of industrial projects scheduled to begin construction in 2008. Most of the growth is occurring in the energy sector, including power, petroleum refining, alternative fuels, and oil and gas production, as well as in the metals and minerals market and pharmaceutical industry.

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

    Three-Phase Power Quality Analyzer
    AEMC's PowerPad® Model 3945-B power quality analyzer measures true RMS single and three-phase parameters at 256 samples/cycle. The meter is menu-driven with direct access functions that are activated at the push of a button. It has a large, easy-to-read color graphical display and includes DataView® software FREE for data storage, real-time display, analysis, and report generation.

    House Approves Bill to Extend Tax Credits
    The U.S. House of Representatives recently approved a bill that extends tax credits for renewable energy set to expire at the end of 2008. The bill, which passed 236-182, would give $8 billion in tax breaks through 2011 to companies that produce new electricity from natural sources, such as wind, geothermal, biomass, and hydropower. A 30% credit for investments in solar products and fuel cell technology would be effective through 2016.

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

    IEC Informs Members About
    Business Incentives

    President George W. Bush recently signed the Economic Stimulus Act of 2008 into law. In addition to the rebate checks that an estimated 130 million qualified lower- and middle-class tax filers will receive, the act offers an additional bonus for small business owners: $44.8 billion in business incentives. Alexandria, Va.-based Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) encourages all of its members to read about the new incentives and consult a tax professional for more information.

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

    Las Vegas Prepares for Fourth Wave
    of Growth

    Las Vegas is preparing for its fourth wave of growth, starting with the opening of the Palazzo on the Strip, according to a recent report by Las Vegas Advisor. The first three waves came in 1989, 1993, and 1999. Industry experts are predicting the fourth wave to be more extensive than all three previous growth spurts combined. Mixed-use mega-projects from MGM Grand and Boyd Gaming, including Cosmopolitan, Encore, and Fontainebleau, are expected to add 50,000 new rooms over the next five years.

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

    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.

    Project Watch
    PV Inspectors Requested in California
    The City of Palo Alto, Calif., is seeking proposals from qualified firms to provide services to inspect a sample of Photovoltaic (PV) Partners program PV system installations for performance verification. Inspections will be done on an as-needed basis for both residential and commercial PV installations. Firms must have technical experience and a clear understanding of PV systems, especially as currently applied in California. Proposals are due by 3 p.m. PST on March 25. More information is available for download from the city's Web site.

    Engineering and Design Services Wanted
    in Michigan

    The Metropolitan Affairs Coalition (MAC), Trenton, Mich., in cooperation with Wayne County and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, is requesting engineering and design assistance to establish a fishing access facility at the Refuge Gateway of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The scope of work will include describing all the design and engineering services that will be provided to produce the necessary documents and specifications for the design, bidding, and construction of the Refuge Gateway Fishing Access Facility, including electrical services. A detailed RFP is available for download on the MAC Web site. Proposals will be accepted until 2 p.m. EST on May 7.

    Space-Saving Pull Box Ships and Stores Flat
    The EZ FORM Pull Box by Hoffman stores flat and out of the way in trucks or cribs, folding and snapping together in seconds when you're short a pull box. Save time spent on trips to retrieve an additional pull box — request a free sample today.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group was recently named America's Most Admired Company in the Engineering and Construction Industry by FORTUNE magazine. EMCOR received the highest rankings possible in the areas of innovation, people management, and social responsibility, as well as extremely high marks for use of corporate assets, quality of management, financial soundness, long-term investment, and quality of products/services. The complete list is available at FORTUNE's Web site.

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

    Great Prices on Cord Grips
    Starting from only $1.33, elecDirect Cord Grip Connectors are always in stock. Available with or without mesh grips in NPT, PG, or metric threading. Choose from aluminum, steel, or stainless steel materials. All connectors are UL listed and CSA.
    elecDirect stocks more than 13,000 electrical products and tools. Use Coupon Code EZONE308 at checkout to receive 10% off your next order. - or call toll free 800-701-0975.

    Eye on Safety
    NECA Comments on OSHA Standards for Construction Work in Confined Spaces
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently proposed a new confined spaces standard specifically for construction work. The proposed rule has the potential to help reduce fatalities and injuries among construction workers performing work in "confined spaces," which range from manholes and tunnels to crawl spaces under buildings and crowded electrical equipment closets. These locations present particular safety problems caused by lack of mobility, reduced communications with other workers, and the difficulty of exiting quickly in an emergency. Additional hazards exist for the rescue teams in place in case of emergency.

    According to the National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., OSHA's strengthened requirements for confined spaces are necessary. However, the association has voiced concerns about particular aspects of the proposed rule. Michael Johnston, NECA's executive director of standards and safety, submitted comments to OSHA that clearly define NECA's concerns and, in some cases, offer suggestions and alternatives to OSHA's plan. "Regulations, codes, and standards are effective when they are understandable, practical, and enforceable," Johnston wrote in his comments. "NECA has concerns about the complexity and additional burden of the new proposed regulations. Additional costs associated with their implementation may cause some in the industry to ignore the rules in some cases, placing workers at greater risk."

    Check More, Fix More, Spend Less!
    The new Agilent U1240A series enables you to check more with all the DMM features you would expect to see and more. Maintenance tasks are greatly simplified with frequency and capacitance and dual temperature functions. And new features, like a switch counter, harmonic ratio, and differential temperature, further extend your capabilities with just a push of the button. Click to learn more.

    Shows & Events
    Visit the EC&M e-Tradeshow

    Look for these free live conferences, scheduled for this month:

    Wednesday, March 19, Noon Eastern, 9 a.m. PST: "Poor Working Drawings: The Construction Industry's Prevailing Problem," presented by John DeDad
    EC&M's senior director of editorial will tap into his 40 years of construction experience and detail his interviews with owners, architects, professional engineers, and contractors about the poor working drawing problem. He'll also cite specific examples of the shifting of responsibilities and will propose recommendations to help ease the severity of the problem.

    Monday, March 24, 10 a.m. EST and PST: "Harmonic Solutions: Side-by-Side Comparisons," presented by Dan Carnovale, P.E., Eaton Corp.
    Learn about side-by-side comparisons of various harmonic mitigation technologies, based on testing conducted in a test lab specially constructed to evaluate all of the major categories of harmonic solutions for industrial and commercial power systems. See the results of this testing, including considerations for generator applications, harmonic resonance, and the application of phase shifting. Energy savings observations will also be discussed. Video recordings of the testing will be included.

    Coming soon:
    "Understanding Electrical Safety and PPE Selection"
    "Implementing an Arc Flash Safety Compliance Program"
    "Preparing an Arc Flash Hazard Study"

    Visit the many exhibitors in this virtual tradeshow and take a look at the On-Demand Theater, where you can view past online conferences 24/7/365. Go to the EC&M Web site to visit the e-Tradeshow and the On-Demand Library.

    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.

    Upper Midwest Electrical Expo
    The North Central Electric League (NCEL) will present the Upper Midwest Electrical Expo from April 9-10 in Minneapolis. The 2008 Expo event schedule covers topics such as NEC fundamentals, grounding, changes to the 2008 NEC, industrial control panels and machinery, and selective coordination. For more information and to register, visit the NCEL Web site.

    BICSI Spring Conference
    The 2008 BICSI Spring Conference will be held from April 27-30 in Nashville, Tenn. This year's event includes a cabling skills challenge, pre-conference seminars on topics such as grounding systems and power quality, and committee meetings for standards, installation, and technical information. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.

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