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March 31, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 6


CONTENTS
Top 40 Electrical Design Firms

IDC Releases Classification System for Fixtures and Luminaires

DOE Awards Contracts for up to $80 Billion in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Water Conservation Projects at Federal Facilities

South Dakota Authorizes Use of Standard Contracting Documents for Public Projects

Michigan Utility Files Plans for Energy-Efficiency Initiatives and Expansion of Renewable Energy Sources

Electrical Upgrade in Pennsylvania

Exterior Lighting Replacement in Pennsylvania

Business Brief

Underwriters Laboratories Publishes First Safety Standard for Portable Generators

I&CPS 2009

Windpower 2009

LFI 2009

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



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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Top 40 Electrical Design Firms
    Based on results of a survey exclusive to EC&M, the May cover story will chronicle the successes and challenges EC&M's Top 40 electrical design firms experienced throughout 2008. The report will reveal the strategies of the top players with the highest sales, highlighting particular accomplishments. In addition, the article will track the cutting-edge technologies the firms introduced into their work practices, as well as those on the verge of changing the landscape of design in the future.

    If your electrical design firm would like to participate but hasn't received the survey, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. The cut-off for total design revenue for last year was $2.8 million.


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    Around the Circuit
    IDC Releases Classification System for Fixtures and Luminaires
    The International Dark-Sky Association (IDA), Tucson, Ariz., recently released its backlight, uplight, and glare (BUG) classification system for fixtures and luminaires. Based on the TM-15 upgrade of the roadway shielding classification system by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES), New York, and the Lighting Research Center (LRC), Troy, N.Y., the BUG system addresses light emitted from the luminaire in all directions, not just up into the sky.

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

    DOE Awards Contracts for up to $80 Billion in Energy Efficiency, Renewable Energy, and Water Conservation Projects at Federal Facilities
    The Department of Energy (DOE), Washington, D.C., recently announced the award of 16 new Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESPCs) that could result in up to $80 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at federally owned buildings and facilities.

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

    South Dakota Authorizes Use of Standard Contracting Documents for Public Projects
    South Dakota Governor Mike Rounds recently signed legislation authorizing the use of documents from ConsensusDOCS, the library of standard contracting documents created by a coalition of more than 20 leading construction organizations, for state-funded projects. The new South Dakota law, HB 1212, establishes the terms and conditions in the ConsensusDOCS standard contracts as a pre-approved option for use on government-funded construction projects in the state.

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

    Michigan Utility Files Plans for Energy-Efficiency Initiatives and Expansion of Renewable Energy Sources
    Jackson, Mich.-based Consumers Energy recently filed two major plans to develop renewable energy sources and help its customers reduce energy consumption. The company filed its renewable energy and energy optimization plans with the Michigan Public Service Commission (MPSC), Lansing, Mich. The plans will help Consumers Energy meet the requirements of Michigan's new energy reform law, the Clean, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Act of 2008.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Upgrade in Pennsylvania
    The Count of Beaver, Pa., is accepting bids for providing all labor and materials for the Drug & Alcohol Services of the Beaver County Interior A.D.A. Improvement project, contract No. 2 electrical. The deadline for bids is 4:30 p.m. EST on April 20. For more information, visit the Beaver County Times and Allegheny Times combined Web site and scroll down to the request for bids.


    Exterior Lighting Replacement in Pennsylvania
    The Riverside Beaver County School District, Ellwood City, Pa., is soliciting bids for the electrical construction contract on its Riverside High School Roofing Replacement project. Work includes replacement of exterior lighting fixtures affected by roofing work. The deadline for bids is 2 p.m. EST on April 20. For more information, visit the Beaver County Times and Allegheny Times combined Web site and scroll down to the request for bids.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Meyda Lighting, Yorkville, N.Y., has established Meyda Custom Lighting, a division specializing in custom lighting fixtures, lamps, and stained glass windows. Under the new division, a team of designers and engineers collaborate with clients to develop custom lighting solutions that meet exact specifications.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Underwriters Laboratories Publishes First Safety Standard for Portable Generators
    Underwriters Laboratories (UL), Northbrook, Ill., recently published UL 2201, "Standard for Portable Engine-Generator Assemblies." Prior to this standard, there was no voluntary safety standard for portable generators sold in the United States.

    UL performance requirements will permit safe outdoor use of UL-listed portable generators during storms or poor weather conditions, as well as require clear usage labels that may help reduce the known risks of carbon monoxide poisoning and electrocution. For more information, visit the UL Web site.


    Shows & Events
    I&CPS 2009
    The IEEE Industry Applications Society (IAS) will host its Industrial and Commercial Power System Technical Conference (I&CPS 2009) from May 3-7 in Calgary, Canada. Topics for this year's technical program include generator tripping events, building automation controls, wind energy, and energy storage requirements. For more information and to register, visit the IEEE Web site.


    Windpower 2009
    The Windpower 2009 Conference & Exhibition is scheduled for May 4-7 in Chicago. Seminars to be presented include "Wind Turbine Structures," "Wind Integration Issues Today," and "Operational Performance." For more information and to register, visit the event's Web site.


    LFI 2009
    Lightfair International (LFI) 2009 Tradeshow & Conference will take place from May 5-7 in New York. Topics for courses at this year's event include lighting measurements, lamps and ballasts, and residential codes and lighting initiatives. For more information and to register, visit the LFI 2009 Web site.


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