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September 15, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 17


CONTENTS
Pentagon Issues Subpoena for Electrical Deaths in Iraq

Study Argues for U.S. Job Growth by Building Green

PV Systems on Hawaiian Schools Pull Double Duty

Electrician Licensing County Law Upheld

Electrical Distribution Replacement in Texas

North Carolina Solar Distributed Generation Program

Business Brief

OSHA Seeks Approval for PPE Rule

Lightfair 2009

IEC Electric Expo

CEA Industry Forum

ISC East


Sponsored Q&A Partners
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    Around the Circuit
    Pentagon Issues Subpoena for Electrical Deaths in Iraq
    The Pentagon's inspector general recently issued a subpoena to contractor KBR Inc., Houston, as part of an expanded investigation into electrical work at U.S. bases in Iraq after the deaths of 18 U.S. soldiers and civilians. "The changes undertaken by the Pentagon have come too late and should not have required this much effort to achieve," said Sen. Bob Casey (D-Penn). "By now, I would have hoped to see greater progress on inspections of facilities in Iraq." Casey was one of five Democratic senators who called for an independent review in July, saying KBR (the Pentagon's largest private contractor in Iraq) should not be allowed to investigate the issue itself.

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


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    Study Argues for U.S. Job Growth by
    Building Green

    A new report recently released shows that the United States can create two million jobs by investing in a rapid green economic recovery program, which will strengthen the economy, increase energy independence, and fight global warming. Prepared by the Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, under commission by the Center for American Progress (CAP), Washington, D.C., and released by a coalition of labor and environmental groups, the report, "Green Recovery: A Program to Create Good Jobs and Start Building a Low-Carbon Economy," argues that a short-term green stimulus package would create two million jobs nationwide over two years. A follow-up study will address the longer-term challenges and opportunities created by building a clean-energy economy.

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


    PV Systems on Hawaiian Schools Pull
    Double Duty

    Solar panels atop Samuel Enoka Kalama Intermediate School, Makawao, Hawaii, mark the seventh school in the Maui District to take part in the Sun Power for Schools program, supported by Hawaiian Electric Co. (HECO), Honolulu, Maui Electric Co. (MECO), Honolulu, and the state’s Department of Education, Honolulu. The program helps to install photovoltaic (PV) systems in the schools to reduce energy consumption while promoting renewable energy education. Maui High School, Kahului, Hawaii, and Molokai Intermediate School, Hoolehua, Hawaii, will have panels installed in the next few months.

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


    Electrician Licensing County Law Upheld
    A controversial bill requiring electricians working in Dutchess County, N.Y., to hold a county-issued license recently passed the county legislature. The law, now in its fourth incarnation, was approved by a 17 to 8 vote, enough votes to override a possible veto by County Executive William Steinhaus, who has been an outspoken opponent of the legislation. Steinhaus must hold a public hearing before acting on the measure. If it is ultimately approved, proponents say that due to the need to create a licensing board and begin offering the licensing test, it will likely take two years before the law can be enforced.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Distribution Replacement
    in Texas

    Sealed bids will be received by the Texas Health and Human Services Commission, Maintenance and Construction, Austin, Texas until 2 p.m., on October 2 for Project No. 08-047-BRS, Replace Electrical Distribution, Brenham State School, Brenham, Texas. A non-mandatory pre-bid conference will be held at 10 a.m. on Sept. 16. For more information, visit the commission's Web site.


    North Carolina Solar Distributed
    Generation Program

    Duke Energy Corp., Charlotte, N.C., is seeking approval from the North Carolina Utilities Commission to pursue a solar distributed generation program within its North Carolina service territory. According to the utility, it will start with 850 rooftops and ground-level sites to build a $100 million network to create electricity to feed the larger power grid. As part of this program, Duke Energy has issued a request for proposals for components and installation services to fulfill this program. For more information and instructions on how to respond to the RFP, visit the Power Advocate Web site.


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    Business Brief
    Beaverton, Ore.-based Tektronix, Inc., a provider of test, measurement and monitoring instrumentation, announced plans to open a series of Test & Measurement Centers of Excellence around the world equipped with state-of-the-art technology. Each center will be staffed by application engineers to consult with customers and demonstrate testing solutions for high-speed serial data technologies, such as Serial ATA and DisplayPort. The first centers are planned for Santa Clara, Calif.; Shanghai, China; Taipei, Taiwan; and Tokyo.

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


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    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Seeks Approval for PPE Rule
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., is accepting public comments on a Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) on Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and training standards. The proposal clarifies that when an OSHA standard requires an employer to provide PPE, such as respirators or training to employees, the employer must do so for each employee subject to the requirement. Each employee not protected may be considered a separate violation for penalty purposes.

    The proposed rule makes clear that failure to provide appropriate PPE or training may result in per-instance penalties in appropriate cases. The proposed rule does not add new compliance obligations, nor are employers required to provide any new type of PPE or training. The amendments merely clarify that a separate penalty may be assessed for each employee not provided the required PPE or training.

    The agency will accept public comments on the proposed rule until September 18. Interested parties may submit comments electronically at the Federal eRulmaking Portal Web site; by sending three copies to the OSHA Docket Office, U.S. Department of Labor, Room N-2625, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Room N-2625, Washington, DC 20210; or by FAX at (202) 693-1678 if the comments and attachments do not exceed ten pages. Comments must include the Agency name and Docket Number for this rulemaking (Docket No. OSHA-2008-0031).


    Call for Papers
    Lightfair 2009
    The International Association of Lighting Designers (IALD), Chicago, and the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IESNA), New York, have issued a call for speakers for Lightfair 2009. Suggested topics include sidelighting and toplighting, daylight harvesting controls, and installing hardware. For the complete list of suggested topics and more information, visit the Lightfair 2009 Web site.


    Shows & Events
    CEA Industry Forum
    The 2008 Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) Industry Forum four-day conference will take place from October 19-22 in Las Vegas. Scheduled presentations include "Best Practices for Greening Your Company," "Customer Service at the Speed of Right: Going from Good to Great," and "Innovation in an Age of Uncertainty." For more information and to register, visit the CEA Web site.


    ISC East
    International Security Conference (ISC) East is scheduled for October 29-30 in New York. The IP Institute will include sessions on topics such as convergence, integration, access control, and storage. For more information and to register, visit the ISC East Web site.


    IEC Electric Expo
    The Independent Electrical Contractors (IEC) will present its Electric Expo 2008 from October 30-31 in Atlanta. Under the theme of "collaboration," this year's event will include seminars on hiring and firing, creating apprentice training labs, employee accountability, and leadership practices. For more information and to register, visit the IEC Web site.


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