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June 16, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 11

Cast Your Vote Now!

Retail Construction on the Decline

House Passes Extension for CBTD

DOE Reports Increase in U.S. Wind Power Capacity

Associations Seek Participants for SDI Study

Electrical Grounding Project in Connecticut

Lighting Retrofit and Replacement in Connecticut

Business Brief

EMCOR Group Expands Upon Meaning of PPE

NSPE Annual Conference

Learn About the Changes in the 2008 National Electrical Code

Sponsored Q&A Partners

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    Editor's Note

    Cast Your Vote Now!

    Do you want the opportunity to win a $100 gift check? If you're an EC&M subscriber, we invite you to help us select this year's Product of the Year winner. The deadline for voting is June 22, 2008. To make your voice heard, visit the EC&M home page anytime before now and then. Click on "vote now and become eligible for a $100 gift check," located in the center of the page. You can click on a link for each of the 24 category winners to read a brief description of the product features and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, you can click on the "vote here for your favorite" link, which allows you to enter in your contact information, choose your favorite product, and click submit. As an added incentive to capture your vote, five lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive one of five $100 gift checks -- so don't delay. Vote today!

    The competition has honored innovation and excellence in product development in the electrical industry for the past seven years.

    AEMC's Model 5070 5000V Graphical Insulation Tester
    AEMC's Model 5070 megohmmeter is the only fully automated 5000V graphical insulation tester. It provides insulation measurements to 10000GΩ (10TΩ). Test results include DAR, PI, DD, capacitance, leakage, and current as well as programmable temperature correction of resistance readings. The Model 5070 also offers the ability to program up to three step voltage profiles (40 to 5100V), each containing up to five steps. The Model 5070 has an RS-232 interface and an extensive memory function, which permits storage results in files specific to the device under test. The Model 5070 can be fully programmed and controlled by a PC. Includes DataView software for data storage, analysis and report generation. Click here for more details.

    Around the Circuit
    Retail Construction on the Decline
    Retail construction has recently experienced a decrease as retailers scrap growth plans and lenders remain wary, reported "The Wall Street Journal" on May 21. According to the report, many of the largest U.S. developers of malls and shopping centers have postponed projects by a year or more, in response to slowing demand for space. Some venues will be built piecemeal as leasing progress allows; others have been canceled before the start of construction.

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

    House Passes Extension for CBTD
    The U.S. House of Representatives recently passed H.R. 6049, "Renewable Energy and Job Creation Act of 2008," which contains about $20 billion of tax incentives for investment in renewable energy, energy efficiency, and conservation. The bill also extends the Commercial Building Tax Deduction (CBTD) for five years, through December 31, 2013. Established through the Energy Policy Act of 2005, CBTD provides a tax deduction benefit to encourage the installation of high-efficiency systems (including lighting) in new and existing buildings.

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

    DOE Reports Increase in U.S. Wind
    Power Capacity

    U.S. wind power capacity increased by 46% in 2007, with $9 billion invested in U.S. wind plants, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) in the 2007 edition of the "Annual Report on U.S. Wind Power Installation, Cost, and Performance Trends." This increase makes the United States the fastest-growing wind power market in the world for the third straight year. The report also states that wind projects accounted for 35% of all new U.S. electric generating capacity in 2007, and transmission facilities capable of transmitting a total of more than 200GW of wind power are in the early stages of development throughout the nation. By the end of 2007, 1.2% of the nation's electricity supply could be met with wind capacity.

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

    Associations Seek Participants for SDI Study
    The Foundation of American Subcontractors Association (FASA), Alexandria, Va., and the National Association of Surety Bond Producers (NASBP), Washington, D.C., recently commissioned a research project on the use of subcontractor default insurance (SDI) in the construction industry, and researchers are asking for help in collecting information that is vital to the success of the project. Clemson, S.C.-based Clemson University's Department of Construction Science and Management is seeking help with identifying owners of construction projects on which SDI has been used.

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

    ILSCO has reinvented the compression category with a new ClearChoice solution.
    SureCrimp copper compression connectors reduce inventory requirements by accepting 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 crimps with a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out strength. The increased contact area reduces resistance and eliminates the potential for flash.

    Project Watch
    Electrical Grounding Project
    in Connecticut

    The Purchasing Department for the City of Stamford, Conn., is requesting proposals for an electrical grounding project at Stamford High School. Bid opening is July 9 at 11 a.m. EST. A non-mandatory pre-bid walk-through is scheduled for June 23 at 10 a.m. at Stamford High School. For more information, visit the city's Web site.

    Lighting Retrofit and Replacement
    in Connecticut

    The Purchasing Department for the City of Hamden, Conn., is seeking a design/build contractor to install a low-emissivity ceiling insulation barrier to prevent radiant heat transmission over the rink's ice surface and spectator area at the Louis Astorino Ice Arena. The project also includes the retrofit, replacement, and/or control of lighting fixtures within other areas of the arena. The deadline for bids is July 10. For more information, visit the state's Web site.

    Arch Flash Safety Labels
    Is your facility safe from arc flash hazards? Use elecDirect's line of arc flash safety labels to properly label all potential arc flash hazards. Ten styles to choose from to help ensure a safe work environment. Each label is only $2.75 and comes in a standard pack of five. Use Coupon Code EZONE608 at checkout to receive 10% OFF your next order. - or call toll free 800-701-0975.

    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    ARCO Construction, St. Louis, recently selected Fenton, Mo.-based Kaiser Electric as the electrical contractor/engineer on projects to wire two new FlightSafety International Learning Centers -- one in St. Louis and the other in Lafayette, La. Both centers are currently under construction and are expected to be completed by December 2008. Kaiser Electric is providing turnkey electrical design and low-voltage wiring for the centers' lighting, computer, communication, fire, security, and voice data systems.

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

    Eye on Safety
    EMCOR Group Expands Upon Meaning of PPE
    Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently developed a new concept of personal productivity equipment, based on the traditional idea of personal protective equipment (PPE). In response to workers not wearing conventional PPE because of comfort and convenience issues, the company has embraced the evolution of PPE that emphasizes productivity. "There are many different types and styles of gloves and protective eyewear for every task that not only prevent injury but increase productivity," says Dave Copley, vice president of safety and quality management for EMCOR Construction and Facility Services. "An evolution in the application of PPE was a natural step."

    The new idea of PPE is embodied by applications such as task lighting in gloves, eyewear or hardhat mounted headlamps, correct footwear and working surface to reduce fatigue, and the consistent use of gel knee pads to make working at floor level safer, less tiring, and more productive. "Thinking in these terms is a revolutionary step in improving safety and performance," Copley continues. "The use of PPE is not only the safe and responsible thing to do, it's one of the best ways to help improve productivity."

    Shows & Events
    NSPE Annual Conference
    The National Society of Professional Engineers (NSPE) will present its 2008 annual conference from July 24-27 in Portland, Ore. Participants can earn up to 19 professional development hours at this year's conference education sessions. Topics for this year include global energy issues, emerging technologies, sustainable design, risk management, profitability, best practices, and stress management. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the NSPE Web site.

    Learn About the Changes in the 2008 National Electrical Code
    In two informative and interest-filled days with Mike Holt, you'll learn about major NEC changes that will impact your work, whether you're an electrician, contractor, engineer, designer, or plant/facility maintenance person. You'll also earn continuing education hours and professional development hours.

    Two conferences are scheduled for later this year:
    --September 4-5 in Portland, Ore.
    --September 8-9 in San Antonio

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