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July 31, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 14


CONTENTS
Solar Study Provides Roadmap

Worker Shortage Predicted for Nuclear Industry

Power Station Expansion Creates Construction Jobs

New Energy Standards Approved in California

Substation Replacement at Dulles Airport

Call Center Renovations in Georgia

Business Brief

Congress Investigates Soldier Electrocutions in Iraq

ALA Annual Conference

Plant Engineering Show

PCIC 2008

Code Change Conferences


Sponsored Q&A Partners


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    Around the Circuit
    Solar Study Provides Roadmap
    A new report produced by Clean Edge, San Francisco, and Co-op America, Washington, D.C, offers a comprehensive roadmap for utilities, solar companies, and regulators to reach 10% solar in the U.S. by 2025. In addition, the “Utility Solar Assessment (USA) Study” finds that for the first time solar power is beginning to reach cost parity with conventional energy sources. As solar prices decline and the capital and fuel costs for coal, natural gas, and nuclear plants rise, the U.S. will reach a crossover point by around 2015.

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


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    Worker Shortage Predicted for
    Nuclear Industry

    According to Washington, D.C.-based trade group Nuclear Energy Institute, the current average age of nuclear workers is just over 48, and one in three nuclear workers will be eligible to retire in 2012. This comes at a time when the nuclear industry is experiencing unexpected growth. There will not be enough workers in two or three years, according to Charles Goodnight, founder of Goodnight Consulting, Vienna, Va., a nuclear consulting firm specializing in staffing.

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


    Power Station Expansion Creates Construction Jobs
    About 200 construction jobs are expected to be created in coming months for the first phase of the $217-million addition to El Paso, Texas-based El Paso Electric's (EPE) Newman Power Generating Station in far Northeast El Paso. Construction of the first phase will create about 100 construction jobs by the end of this year and peak at about 200 jobs in the first or second quarter of next year, according to Bill Sullivan, project manager for Wood Group Power Solutions, Houston, the general contractor for the plant construction. The addition's 140MW, natural gas-fired first phase is expected to be operating by May.

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


    New Energy Standards Approved
    in California

    The California Energy Commission recently approved dozens of energy-efficiency building standards for new construction. Title 24, “2008 Building Energy Efficiency Standards,” regulates construction of residential and non-residential buildings. The new standards have been updated to include new code regulations for lighting; windows; roofing; skylights; swimming pool and spa equipment; and heating, ventilation and air conditioning equipment and controls.

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


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    Project Watch
    Substation Replacement at Dulles Airport
    On July 31, the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority (MWAA) is expecting to issue a request for proposals for the replacement of an electrical substation at Washington Dulles International Airport. The contract opportunity for RFP 1-08-C213 will include labor, material, tools, equipment, and supervision to replace the main medium voltage electrical substation serving Cargo Buildings 3 and 4 at. For more information, visit the MWAA Web site.

    Call Center Renovations in Georgia
    The Board of County Commissioners of Troup County, Ga., is accepting separate and sealed bids for all labor, materials, and installation from licensed, qualified electrical contractors for renovations of portions of the Troup County Government Service Center lowest level for use as an E-911 Call Center. A mandatory pre-bid conference and tour is scheduled for August 13 at 2 p.m. EST. The deadline for bids is September 3. For more information, visit the county’s Web site.


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    Business Brief
    San Rafael, Calif.-based Autodesk and Exton, Pa.-based Bentley Systems, two of the leading providers of design and infrastructure software, recently announced an agreement to expand interoperability between their portfolios of architectural, engineering, and construction (AEC) software. Autodesk and Bentley will exchange software libraries, including Autodesk RealDWG, to improve the ability to read and write the companies’ respective DWG and DGN formats in mixed environments with greater fidelity.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Congress Investigates Soldier Electrocutions in Iraq
    On July 30, the Congressional Committee on Oversight and Government Reform held the hearing, “Deficient Electrical Systems at U.S. Facilities in Iraq.” The hearing examined electrical problems leading to 16 deaths and various injuries of military personnel and the Department of Defense's management and oversight of contractors. Defense Department officials and a senior employee from defense contractor KBR, Houston, were called on to testify before the committee.

    "I can't say after this hearing I feel assured that any of you are on top of the situation," said Chairman Rep. Henry Waxman (D-CA) at the conclusion of the questioning. Waxman and other members requested further documents and answers from the panel. Department of Defense Acting Inspector General Gordon Heddell said documents obtained by the committee have changed his mind about statements in a preliminary report sent to the committee and suggest KBR and the Army were aware of dangerous conditions in one soldiers' shower. Heddell expects to finish a full report in October. All documents related to the hearing are available on the Committee's Web site.


    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 near 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.


    Plant Engineering Show
    National Manufacturing Week will present its Plant Engineering Exposition and Conference from Sept. 22-25 in Chicago. Product categories represented on this year's show floor will include electric motors and motor controls, electrical equipment and systems, and power transmission equipment and systems. For more information and to register, visit the show's Web site.


    PCIC 2008
    The 2008 IEEE Petroleum and Chemical Industry Technical Conference is scheduled for Sept. 22-24 in Cincinnati. The PCIC provides an international forum for the exchange of electrical applications technology related to the petroleum and chemical industry. For more information and to register for this year's conference, visit the IEEE 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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