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March 17, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 5


CONTENTS
How to Sell Lighting Upgrades

AGC Reports on Decrease in Construction Employment

ETTCI Offers Certification for Electrical Testing Technicians

EPA Unveils Top 25 U.S. Cities With the Most Energy Star Buildings

Duke Energy Reconsiders Rooftop Solar Program

Lighting Maintenance in Illinois

Energy-Efficiency Upgrades in Michigan

Business Brief

Worker Electrocuted at Connecticut Science Center Job Site

ABC Construction Education Conference

Battcon 2009

Enroll In EC&M University's Online Arc Flash Courses



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    Coming Up in EC&M
    How to Sell Lighting Upgrades
    The theme for the April issue of EC&M is "new trends in lighting design." For the cover story, Staff Writer Beck Ireland will be exploring ways lighting designers and electrical engineers and contractors can sell lighting upgrades to their clients. If you have a sure-fire sales strategy or tip you'd like to share for possible inclusion in the article, contact Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    AGC Reports on Decrease in Construction Employment
    Construction employment lost 104,000 jobs in February and 826,000 jobs over 12 months, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. Those losses accounted for one-fifth of the economy-wide decrease over the last year, even though the industry accounts for only one out of 20 employees.

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


    ETTCI Offers Certification for Electrical Testing Technicians
    The Electrical Testing Technician Certification Institute (ETTCI), Kalamazoo, Mich., is now accepting applications from individuals wishing to obtain recognition as certified electrical testing technicians and assistant technicians. In order to ensure compliance with the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), Washington, D.C., and InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), Portage, Mich., standard for certification of electrical testing technicians (ETT), ETTCI requested that NETA review ETTCI's program requirements. NETA completed this review on January 11 and found that ETTCI meets the requirements set forth in the ANSI/NETA ETT.

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


    EPA Unveils Top 25 U.S. Cities With the Most Energy Star Buildings
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Washington, D.C., recently released a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy-efficient buildings in 2008 that have earned EPA’s Energy Star status — EPA’s label for high efficiency. The list is headed by Los Angeles, San Francisco, Houston, Washington, D.C., Dallas-Fort Worth, Chicago, Denver, Minneapolis-St Paul, Atlanta, and Seattle.

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


    Duke Energy Reconsiders Rooftop Solar Program
    Under a ruling by the North Carolina Utilities Commission, Raleigh, N.C., Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C., is ineligible to recover the full costs for its $50-million solar rooftops initiative. Duke claims that under the ruling it may violate federal tax law, which could cost Duke more than $250 million in tax credits for solar and other renewable energy projects.

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


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    Project Watch
    Lighting Maintenance in Illinois
    The Village of Libertyville, Ill., is seeking proposals for on-call routine and emergency maintenance and repair work on the village’s street lighting system. Maintenance of the system includes: lamp replacements, pole/lamp knockdown/repairs/replacements, cable repair/replacement, troubleshooting, underground cable locating, and repair of controllers and related equipment. Bids will be received until 1 p.m. CST on April 24. For more information, visit the Libertyville Web site.


    Energy-Efficiency Upgrades in Michigan
    Consumers Energy, Lansing, Mich., is inviting companies to submit bids to participate in the start of a $500-million program to help Michigan residents and businesses use energy more efficiently and save on their energy bills. Expected to start in July, these positions will be in energy auditing, equipment installation and pickup, engineering, education, and administration. In addition, contractors will install additional high-efficiency electrical and mechanical upgrades, including items such as furnaces, air conditioning, lighting, and hot water heaters. The Consumers Energy’s Request for Proposal (RFP) includes bid opportunities to implement programs in the following areas: business solutions; residential efficient products; residential comprehensive homes; residential appliance recycling; and grade 4-6 energy education. Contractors may choose to respond to one, several, or all of the RFP areas. For more information, visit the Consumers Energy RFP Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Solar Energy Initiatives, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla., and Solar Energy Alternatives, Westlake Village, Calif., have agreed to enter into a marketing, contract, finance, installation, and operating agreement for commercial and residential solar photovoltaic (PV) installations in the Unites States and certain foreign markets. Under the terms of the agreement, Solar Energy Alternatives will handle marketing, power purchase contracts, and project financing. Solar Energy Initiatives will provide feasibility and due diligence analysis, supply the solar panels and ancillary equipment, contract site engineering and installation of equipment, and operate/maintain the installation.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Worker Electrocuted at Connecticut Science Center Job Site
    At 8 a.m. on March 13, a construction worker at the Connecticut Science Center, Hartford, Conn., was killed in an electrical accident. The Science Center has been under construction for about three years and is scheduled to open in May. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), Washington, D.C., has closed the job site pending an investigation into the incident.


    Shows & Events
    ABC Construction Education Conference
    Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) will present its Construction Education Conference from April 15-17 in Las Vegas. Topics for presentations at this year's conference include LEED for new construction and major renovations, NFPA 70E updates and changes, and best practices in electrical fabrication. For more information and to register, visit the ABC Web site.


    Battcon 2009
    The Battcon International Stationary Battery Conference will take place from April 27-29 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for papers to be presented include battery technologies in stationary standby power applications, batteries as part of an energy-efficient infrastructure, and battery handling at the installation site. For more information and to register, visit the Battcon Web site.


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