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January 15, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 1


CONTENTS
Requirements to Standard 90.1 Proposed

Schneider Electric Joins Fix Housing First Coalition

DOT Approves Virginia Rail Transit Spur

DOE Releases OpenStudio Plug-in for EnergyPlus Simulation Software

Wiring Project in Wisconsin

Electrical Upgrade in Pennsylvania

Business Brief

OSHA Issues Citations to Massachusetts Plant

IEEE / IAS Electrical Safety Workshop

Electric West 2009


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    Around the Circuit
    Requirements to Standard 90.1 Proposed
    Changes to the purpose and scope of ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1 as well as new lighting requirements are being proposed through public review. ANSI/ASHRAE/IESNA Standard 90.1-2007, “Energy Standard for Buildings Except Low-Rise Residential Buildings,” provides minimum requirements for the energy-efficient design of buildings except low-rise residential buildings.

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


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    Schneider Electric Joins Fix Housing First Coalition
    The Schneider Electric North American Operating Division (NAOD), Palatine, Ill., has joined Fix Housing First, a coalition of 600 builders, manufacturers, and other businesses led by the National Association of Homebuilders (NAHB) that are dedicated to creating a housing recovery plan that will help revive the U.S. economy. As part of its ongoing commitment to support the housing industry, Schneider Electric is among the first electrical manufacturers to join the coalition to combat the economic recession, which continues to affect millions of Americans.

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


    DOT Approves Virginia Rail Transit Spur
    On January 7, U.S. Transportation Secretary Mary E. Peters approved a $900-million rail transit spur in northern Virginia as part of a multi-year federal funding commitment toward the project's $2.6-billion first phase. The $900 million would help finance an 11.6-mile first stage of a planned 23-mile extension of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Orange Line. The proposed "full funding grant agreement" goes to Congress for a 60-day review.

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


    DOE Releases OpenStudio Plug-in for EnergyPlus Simulation Software
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently released OpenStudio, a free energy design plug-in that works seamlessly within the Google SketchUp 3D drawing environment. The plug-in simplifies use of DOE's EnergyPlus simulation software, which identifies potential energy savings by modeling lighting, heating, cooling, ventilation, water, and other building energy flows.

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


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    Project Watch
    Wiring Project in Wisconsin
    Green Bay, Wis., is requesting bids for electrical work including wiring and a motor controller and switch for the Chairplane ride at Bay Beach Amusement Park. Bids will be accepted until 2 p.m. on January 20. For more information, contact the Office of the City of Green Bay Director of Public Works, Room 300, City Hall, 100 North Jefferson Street, Green Bay, Wis.


    Electrical Upgrade in Pennsylvania
    The Board of Commissioners of the County of Beaver, Pa., is soliciting separate, sealed bids from electrical contractors for electrical upgrades at Friendship Ridge. Bids will be received until 4:30 p.m. on February 2. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Public Notices Web site.


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    Business Brief
    Sarasota, Fla.-based Clockwork Home Services recently announced that Mister Sparky America’s On-time Electrician ranks among the nation’s top 500 franchises for 2009, according to Entrepreneur’s 30th annual Franchise 500 list. Mister Sparky ranked No. 387 on the list.

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


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Issues Citations to Massachusetts Plant
    The U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Flagg-Palmer Precast for 35 alleged violations of workplace health and safety standards, including ungrounded or unprotected electrical equipment or wiring, at its Oxford, Mass., manufacturing plant. The concrete products manufacturer faces a total of $76,900 in proposed fines following an OSHA inspection prompted by employee complaints.

    The citations addressed no formal written program, hardware, and training to instruct employees in shutting down machines' power sources to prevent their unintended startup during maintenance; an ungrounded extension cord; and exposed live electrical parts. The company has 15 business days from receipt of its citations and penalties to meet with OSHA or to contest them to the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


    Shows & Events
    IEEE / IAS Electrical Safety Workshop
    The 2009 IEEE IAS Electrical Safety Workshop will take place from February 2-6 in St. Louis. The event will feature more than 25 technical presentations on topics such as arc flash, grounding, 2009 NFPA 70E, and design for electrical safety. For more information and to register, visit the IEEE 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 and 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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