Around the Circuit
Starts Decline in March
New construction starts decreased 8% in March,
to a recent report by McGraw-Hill Construction, New York. The
association also reported that non-residential construction was down
compared to the increases reported in January and February. Residential
building continued to decline with the continued correction in
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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,
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FREE for data storage, real-time display, analysis, and report
Votes No on Construction Payment Bill
The Colorado House of Representatives recently voted
down legislation that supporters say would have guaranteed prompt
payment on all construction projects. Legislators voted 29-33 against
the bill despite widespread support for it from a broad coalition of
industry associations, including The American Subcontractors
of Colorado (ASAC).
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Commits $400 Million to Energy-Efficiency Plans
Cedar Rapids, Iowa-based Interstate Power and Light Co.
(IPL), a subsidiary of Alliant Energy Corp., Madison, Wis., recently
filed its proposed 2009-2013 Energy Efficiency Plan (EEP) with the Iowa
Utilities Board (IUB). The proposed EEP includes a commitment of
approximately $400 million to electric and natural gas energy
customer programs over the next five years.
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topic, visit EC&M's Web site.
With EPA Over Disposal
The Long Island Railroad, Long Island, N.Y., has
a complaint by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over
disposal of fluorescent lamps by paying a penalty of $43,875. Based on
an inspection of the Hillside Maintenance Facility, Hollis, N.Y., last
year and information received from the railroad about facilities at
Richmond Hill Sheridan Shop, Richmond Hill, N.Y., and West Side Storage
Yard, New York, the EPA found violations in the organization's method
of disposing of fluorescent lamps as regular garbage at the three
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ILSCO has reinvented the compression
category with a new ClearChoice(r) solution.
copper compression connectors reduce inventory requirements by
multiple conductor classes including fine stranded and building wire.
UL-listed, CSA-certified, and range-taking when installed with approved
tools and dies. Circumferential dies produce strong, long-lasting
with a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out strength. The increased
contact area reduces resistance and eliminates the potential for flash.
Installation in Virginia
The School Board of the City of Hampton, Va., is
requesting bids for the installation of ADA-compliant fire alarm
in Booker, Machen, Smith, Kraft, and Tyler elementary schools. Bids
be accepted until 10 a.m. EST on May 1. For more information, visit the
City of Hampton's Web
Wanted in Connecticut
The Board of Education, Bloomfied, Conn., is soliciting
proposals from minority business enterprise firms for Phase 1 of 3,
including electrical services and switch gear, at the Bloomfield High
School. Bids will be received until 3:30 p.m. EST on May 16. A pre-bid
walk though is scheduled for May 7 at 2:30 p.m. EST. All pre-bid
inquiries must be submitted to the construction manager, Newfield
Construction, Hartford, Conn., by May 12. For more information, visit
the State of Connecticut's online State
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The residential division of Palmer Electric, Winter
Park, Fla., recently added a national homebuilder to its client roster
with the signing of three contracts with KB Home, Los Angeles. Palmer
providing estimating and electrical wiring for new single- and
multi-family homes in communities throughout central Florida.
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Check More, Fix More, Spend Less!
The new Agilent U1240A series enables you to check more with all the
features you would expect to see and more. Maintenance tasks are
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
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Eye on Safety
About Shop Lights
Northbrook, Ill.-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL)
notifying consumers that portable, 500W halogen work lights
by Shanghai Xiangshan Industries, Shanghai, China, may pose a risk of
fire and electric shock. These lights do not comply with UL
and are not eligible to bear the UL Mark.
Name of Product: Chicago Electric Shop Light
Units: Unknown quantity
Date of Manufacture: January 2004 to present
Manufacturer: Shanghai Xiangshan Industries
Hazard: These shop lights may overheat and pose a risk of fire and
For more information, visit the UL Web
Shows & Events
Visit the EC&M e-Tradeshow
Look for this free live
conference, scheduled for Thursday, May 8 at 10 a.m. Eastern and
Calculating Arc Flash Energy Levels by Benjamin Medich, P.E.
This conference will detail how NFPA 70E, "Standard for Electrical
Safety in the Workplace," and IEEE 1584, "Guide for Performing
Arc-Flash Hazard Calculations," have varying - and sometimes
overlapping - requirements for the development of an arc-flash
analysis. It also will provide a survey of these methods, along with
basics to allow an integrated approach to arc-flash analysis, taking
into account the requirements of both analysis methods. This conference
is a must for electrical engineers and designers as well as
plant/facility electrical maintenance personnel.
"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 Library, where you can view past online conferences
Visit the EC&M eTradeshow.
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) will
present its World Safety Conference & Expo from June 2-5 in Las Vegas.
This year's event includes more than 150 sessions in 11 educational
tracks, including building and life safety, codes and standards,
disaster preparedness, and premises security. For more information,
visit the NFPA Web
The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA)
Convention 2008 will take place June 22-24 in Dallas. Conference
speakers scheduled for this year's event include Dan Patterson,
Flanders Electric Motor Service, Evansville, Ind.; Austin Bonnett, IEEE
Fellow, Bonnett Engineering, Gallatin, Mo.; and Bill Lockley, Lockley
Engineering, Calgary, Canada. For more information and to register,
visit the EASA Web
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