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July 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 13

BLM Ends Solar Plant Moratorium

Poll Reveals Popularity of Solar Energy

North American Industrial Project Spending Rises 18%

FPL Announces New Solar Energy Projects

Controls Systems Design Upgrade Required in Colorado Pump Stations

Engineering Qualifications Desired in Washington

Business Brief

Cooper Bussmann Contributes $500,000 to IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Research Project

ALA Annual Conference

Code Change Conferences

Sponsored Q&A Partners

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    Around the Circuit
    BLM Ends Solar Plant Moratorium
    After facing public opposition to a moratorium on applications to build solar plants on public lands, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) has reversed its decision. The BLM wanted to put new applications for solar plants on federal land on hold while reviewing potential environmental impacts from such plants.

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

    AEMC®'s Clamp-On Ground Resistance Testers Models 3711 and 3731
    AEMC® Instruments clamp-on ground resistance testers measure ground rod and small system grid resistance without the use of auxiliary ground rods. Both meters measure ground resistance from 0.01Ω to 1200Ω without disconnecting the rod under test. They also measure ground leakage current from 1mA to 30Arms. The large jaw (1.25 inches) accommodates ground conductors up to 1000MCM. The Model 3731 includes both an alarm function and a memory function, which will store up to 99 field measurements. Click here for more details.

    Poll Reveals Popularity of Solar Energy
    According to the Elmsford, N.Y.-based Schott Solar Barometer, a nationwide survey conducted by the Los Angeles-based independent polling firm Kelton Research, the majority of Americans support development and funding of solar energy. The survey revealed that 77% of Americans feel that the development of solar power, and other renewable energy sources, should be a major priority of the federal government.

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

    North American Industrial Project Spending Rises 18%
    Despite reporting 18.08% growth in May 2008, Sugar Land, Texas-based Industrial Info Resources’ North American Industrial Project Spending Index is at its lowest point since December 2006. Nevertheless, capital and maintenance spending at industrial sites remains high, with $352 billion in active projects in construction or scheduled to begin construction in 2008.

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

    FPL Announces New Solar Energy Projects
    Juno Beach, Fla.-based Florida Power & Light Co. (FPL) recently revealed plans for new solar energy projects that include the world’s largest photovoltaic solar plant and first hybrid energy center, coupling solar thermal technology with an existing combined-cycle generation unit. Along with a previously announced PV installation at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, the projects will generate 110MW of emissions-free electricity.

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

    ILSCO has reinvented the compression category with a new ClearChoice® solution.
    SureCrimpTM 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 a tight crimp profile for greater pull-out strength. The increased contact area reduces resistance and eliminates the potential for flash.

    Project Watch
    Controls Systems Design Upgrade Required in Colorado Pump Stations
    The City of Boulder, Colo., is requesting proposals presenting qualifications and approaches to design upgrades for Iris and Cherryvale pump and pressure reduction stations in the city's treated water distribution system. This work will include evaluation of the distribution system to determine the best approach to achieve the required capacity increase at these pump stations. The required design will include electrical and instrumentation design, hydraulic design, and structural design. Supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system improvements will be incorporated into the final design. Proposals are due by 5 p.m. on July 17. For more information, visit the city's Web site.

    Engineering Qualifications Desired
    in Washington

    The City of Ferndale, Wash., is soliciting statements of qualifications (SOQ) from electrical engineers for its consultant roster. These qualifications will be placed on file for up to five years and will be used as a source from which to select one or more qualified professionals from whom a detailed proposal will be requested for any specific project or required services. This includes on-call services. SOQ should be directed to the Public Works Director, P.O. Box 936, 2095 Main St., Ferndale, WA 98248.

    Save on Heat
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    Business Brief
    Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently announced that its Dynalectric and University Mechanical & Engineering Contractors (UMEC) subsidiaries have been awarded contracts to provide the entire electrical and mechanical infrastructure for the University of California San Diego (UCSD) Medical Center's new 128,000 square-foot Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center, consisting of a new 4-story structure with two interstitial floors.

    Dynalectric will provide all electrical systems for the facility including those for its fire alarm safety system, nurse call center, and security and telecommunications and systems. UMEC will provide the HVAC, including air handlers that deliver over 200,000 cfm, and plumbing systems for the Sulpizio Family Cardiovascular Center.

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

    Eye on Safety
    Cooper Bussmann Contributes $500,000 to IEEE/NFPA Arc Flash Research Project
    St. Louis-based Cooper Bussmann recently contributed $500,000 to the Arc Flash Collaborative Research Project organized by the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE), Piscataway, N.J., and the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Quincy, Mass. The company's platinum-level sponsorship will help expand the knowledge of the electric arc flash phenomena and enhance worker safety through advances in the codes and standards relating to safe employee work practices.

    "We are extremely pleased to have Cooper Bussmann join the growing list of sponsors for the Arc Flash project," says Sue Vogel, director, technical committee programs for the IEEE Standards Association. "Cooper Bussmann's experience and history with arc flash safety research makes them an ideal partner for this effort, and their generous contribution brings us closer to developing a more complete understanding of the arc flash phenomenon."

    Shows & Events
    ALA Annual Conference
    The 2008 American Lighting Association (ALA) will take place from Sept. 14-16 at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in Washington, D.C. Topics for seminars to be presented at this year's event include certification, tax legislation, sales management, and energy efficiency. For more information or to register, visit the ALA Web site.

    Code Change Conferences

    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

    For more information and to register online, visit the Code Change Conferences Web site.

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