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April 15, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 7


CONTENTS
Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!

Housing Recovery Delayed Until Mid-2010, Says PCA

BICSI Releases ANSI-Accredited Standard for Educational Institutions

DOE to Invest up to $12 Million to Support Development of Advanced Water Power Technologies

PG&E Launches New Solar Program

Sanitary Station Electrical Connections in Wisconsin

Electrical Contract in New York

Business Brief

OSHA Fines Bottling Plant for Violations

BICSI Spring Conference & Exhibition

7x24 Exchange 2009 Spring Conference

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



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    Editor's Note
    Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!
    Would you like to help pick the prestigious EC&M Product of the Year winner and qualify for a chance to win $100? If you're an EC&M subscriber, make your vote count by visiting the 2009 EC&M Product of the Year Poll. To review the products, click on the links for each of the 29 category winners to read a brief description and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, enter your contact information, choose your favorite product from the drop-down menu, and click submit.

    Your selection will help us identify the 2009 EC&M Product of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver award winners. As an added incentive, three lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift check.

    The voting poll will remain open through 5 p.m. on June 19, 2009. Only one vote per EC&M subscriber, please. Any votes received from manufacturers, PR firms, or non-EC&M readers will be discarded.


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    Around the Circuit
    Housing Recovery Delayed Until Mid-2010, Says PCA
    According to a recent economic research report from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), Skokie, Ill., the conditions needed to begin a recovery in housing starts activity will not be in place until mid-2010. Although resets of traditional sub-prime mortgages are expected to reach an apex in mid-2009, exotic mortgages, such as Alt-A and option adjustable, will experience a dramatic increase in resets mid-2009 through mid-2010, according to the report. This second wave of toxic resets, says Edward J. Sullivan, PCA chief economist, will accelerate foreclosure rates and add to the large number of foreclosed homes in a crowded market.

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

    BICSI Releases ANSI-Accredited Standard for Educational Institutions
    BICSI, Tampa, Fla., the association supporting the information transport systems (ITS) industry with information, education, and knowledge assessment, recently announced the Washington, D.C.-based American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) approval and publication of ANSI/BICSI-001-2009, "Information Transport Systems Design Standard for K-12 Educational Institutions," the first-ever BICSI-exclusive standard the organization has produced as an ANSI-accredited standards development organization. This standard specifies minimum requirements and guidelines for the design of ITS infrastructure for K-12 educational institutions.

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

    DOE to Invest up to $12 Million to Support Development of Advanced Water Power Technologies
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the issuance of a Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) for up to $12 million, subject to annual appropriations, to support the research and development of advanced water power technologies, including both marine and hydrokinetic and conventional hydropower technologies. Through public-private partnerships, the FOA seeks to enhance the viability and cost-competitiveness of advanced water power systems, strengthening U.S. scientific discovery, promoting clean and secure energy, increasing economic prosperity, and demonstrating U.S. leadership in addressing climate change.

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

    PG&E Launches New Solar Program
    Pacific Gas and Electric Co. (PG&E), San Francisco, recently announced plans for a 500MW photovoltaic (PV) initiative. The program encompasses 250MW of utility-owned PV generation and an additional 250MW of PV generation to be built and owned by independent developers under a streamlined regulatory process.

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


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    Project Watch
    Sanitary Station Electrical Connections in Wisconsin
    The City of Jefferson, Wis., is soliciting bids for a single contract for the installation of a new sanitary lift station, sanitary interceptor sewer, and sanitary force main. Scope of work includes installation of owner-furnished prefabricated building, pumps, and electrical generator; site electrical work and interior electrical connections; and coordination of electric and natural gas utility service to site. The deadline to submit bids is 2 p.m. CST on April 16. For more information, contact the city administrator at P.O. Box 119, Jefferson, WI 53549.


    Electrical Contract in New York
    Franklin County, Malone, N.Y., is accepting bids for an electrical prime contract. The deadline for bids is 3 p.m. EST on May 14. For more information, visit the North County BizConnect Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    The Tampa Bay Business Journal, Tampa Bay, Fla., has named Power Design, St. Petersburg, Fla., as a finalist for the Best Places to Work in Tampa Bay. The award recognizes a company’s achievements in creating a positive work environment that attracts and retains employees through a combination of benefits, working conditions, and company culture.

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


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Fines Bottling Plant for Violations
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited Newburgh, N.Y.-based enamel bottling and packaging plant, Concept Packaging, for 37 alleged violations of safety and health standards, culminating in $61,000 in proposed fines. The citations comprise a variety of hazards, including electrical, such as inadequate electrical equipment and inadequate personal protective equipment.

    The company has 15 business days from receipt of the citations to comply, request an informal conference with the OSHA area director in Albany, N.Y., or contest the citations and proposed penalties before the independent Occupational Safety and Health Review Commission.


    Shows & Events
    BICSI Spring Conference & Exhibition
    The 2009 BICSI Spring Conference & Exhibition will take place from May 10-13 in Baltimore. Topics for sessions at this year's event include green buildings design, next-generation multimode fibers and standards, and energy management. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.


    7x24 Exchange 2009 Spring Conference
    The 7x24 Exchange 2009 Spring Conference, "Managing Data Centers in Turbulent Times," is scheduled for May 31 to June 3 in Boca Raton, Fla. Seminar topics for this year's conference include wireless sensor networks for energy efficiency, Energy Star and data centers, and data center layout and design. For more information and to register for the conference, visit the 7x24 Exchange Web site.


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      June 16, 2009
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      June 25, 2009
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