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October 31, 2008 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VII, No. 20


CONTENTS
Contractors Want Infrastructure in Recovery Plan

DOE Invests $13.7 Million for Solar Energy Products

AMMP Educates on Benefits of Motorization

Wind to Provide 20% of U.S. Electricity by 2030?

Electrical Retrofit Work in Colorado

Request for Qualifications from Washington

Business Brief

Arc Flash Safety DVD

Power-Gen International

Electric West 2009


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    Around the Circuit
    Contractors Want Infrastructure in Recovery Plan
    The Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Washington, D.C., the nation's largest commercial construction trade association, recently urged House Democrats to develop an economic recovery plan that includes provisions that will boost construction activity. "A significant boost to construction in the form of increased infrastructure investment will create jobs and increase the quality of life for millions of Americans who rely daily on our nation's infrastructure, from roads and bridges to water systems and schools," says AGC's Chief Executive Officer Stephen E. Sandherr. "We congratulate the House on passage of a stimulus appropriations bill prior to adjournment on October 3, and we urge the senators, who rejected a stimulus bill on September 26, to reconsider."

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


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    DOE Invests $13.7 Million for Solar Energy Products
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, D.C., recently announced that it will invest up to $13.7 million over three years (fiscal years 2008 to 2010) for 11 university-led projects that will focus on developing advanced solar photovoltaic (PV) technology manufacturing processes and products. These projects are integral to President Bush’s Solar America Initiative, which aims to make solar energy cost-competitive with conventional forms of electricity by 2015. Increasing the use of solar energy is also critical to diversifying our nation’s energy sources in an effort to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and dependence on foreign oil. Combined with a minimum university and industry cost share of 20%, up to $17.4 million will be invested in these projects.

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


    AMMP Educates on Benefits of Motorization
    Loveland, Colo.-based Allied Manufacturers of Motorized Products (AMMP) recently kicked off an initiative that includes its new Web site to inform architects, builders, designers, electricians, and end-users about the benefits and availability of motorization within commercial and home automation solutions. The new site features a dedicated section that highlights the benefits of motorization by category.

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


    Wind to Provide 20% of U.S. Electricity by 2030?
    Wind power is capable of becoming a major contributor to America’s electricity supply over the next three decades, according to the report, "20% Wind Energy by 2030: Increasing Wind Energy’s Contribution to U.S. Electricity Supply," recently released by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The technical report looks closely at one scenario for reaching 20% wind energy by 2030 and contrasts it to a scenario of no new U.S. wind power capacity.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Retrofit Work in Colorado
    The Boulder County Housing Authority, Boulder, Colo., has issued a request for qualifications for various contractor trades, including electrical, for its single- and multi-family unit and mobile home rehab programs. The work will consist of repair and replacement, as well as additions and renovations of existing buildings owned by the Boulder County Housing Authority and homeowner-occupied homes. The purpose of the solicitation is to prepare a pre-qualified list of contractors to work on a project-by-project basis. Submittals are due Nov. 18 at 2 p.m. For more information, you may download a Word document from the Boulder County Web site.


    Request for Qualifications from Washington
    The City of Ferndale, Wash., is requesting qualifications 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 the city will select one or more qualified professionals to submit proposals on specific projects or required services, including on-call services. Firms are encouraged to update their SOQs annually. For more information, visit the city's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    Fenton, Mo.-based Kaiser Electric is providing electrical design and installation for Dave Mungenast Lexus, St. Louis, marking what could be the first LEED-certified car dealership in Missouri. Construction on the estimated $16-million facility is underway and is expected to be completed in the summer of 2009. Kaiser's design will include energy-efficient exterior auto display lighting, energy-efficient lighting fixtures and occupancy sensors for the building’s interior, a computer-based lighting control system, multiple lamp F-Bay fluorescent lighting fixtures in the service bays, metal-halide fixtures in the showroom and delivery areas, and indirect fixtures in the office areas.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Arc Flash Safety DVD
    To better address arc flash safety, the Electrical Safety Foundation International (EFSI), Rosslyn, Va., has teamed with the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to distribute "Arc Flash Awareness," a DVD training course, available in both English and Spanish.

    The DVD includes basic information about arc flash awareness and contains the firsthand account of three electrical workers who were severely injured in an arc flash incident. For more information on arc flash or to order a copy of the DVD, visit the ESFI library on the EFSI's Web site or call ESFI at (703) 841-3229.


    Shows & Events
    Power-Gen International
    Power-Gen International's 20th annual conference will take place from December 2-4 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for conference sessions at this year's event include power supply technologies, renewable and emerging energy, and instrument, control, and electrical systems. For more information and to register, visit the Power-Gen International Web site.





    Electric West 2009

    The Electric West Show, to be held March 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the Power Quality Reliability Conference, is the perfect place to brush up on the latest NEC topics — and earn continuing education credits in the process. Geared toward electrical contractors, consulting & specifying engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel, there’s something for everyone at the Electric Show. The biggest electrical marketplace in the western United States, this event attracts 250 exhibiting companies and more than 6,000 attendees every year. Here's a preview of some of the NEC seminars planned for next year's event:

    • One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Electrical Systems
    • Changes to the 2008 NEC
    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations (NEC Article 680)
    • Introduction to the 2009 NFPA 70E
    For more information, visit our Web site.

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