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April 30, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 8


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

Trench Safety

Architecture Billings Index (ABI) Shows Improvement

McGraw-Hill Construction Reports a 40% Decrease in New Construction Starts

World Bank to Invest $45 Billion in Infrastructure

Google Software to Help Homeowners Track Energy Use

Battery System Installation in Alaska

Small Works Roster in Washington

Business Brief

How to Grow Your Business During Tough Times

Top Economic Concerns for 2009 Include Revenue and Capital Spending Projections

ESFI's Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign Emphasizes Consumer Safety

NFPA Conference & Expo

West Coast EMC

EASA 2009

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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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Trench Safety
    In the June issue of EC&M, Staff Writer Beck Ireland will be covering trench safety guidelines. The article will discuss updates to the rules and standards in this area, as well as tips on how best to avoid unfortunate accidents. If you have stories from "in the trenches" you'd like to share, contact Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    Architecture Billings Index (ABI) Shows Improvement
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA), Washington, D.C., recently reported the March Architecture Billings Index (ABI) rating was up eight points from the 35.3 mark in February. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. The March rating was 43.7, marking the first time since September 2008 that the index was above 40. However, the score still indicates an overall decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 56.6.

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


    McGraw-Hill Construction Reports a 40% Decrease in New Construction Starts
    McGraw-Hill Construction, New York, recently reported a 40% fall in new construction starts for the first quarter of 2009 in comparison to the same time period in 2008.

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


    World Bank to Invest $45 Billion in Infrastructure
    A new program from the World Bank, Washington, D.C., the Infrastructure Recovery and Assets Platform (INFRA), will increase infrastructure investments to $45 billion over the next three years to provide the foundation for rapid recovery from the global economic crisis, according to World Bank Group President Robert B. Zoellick. The $45 billion marks an increase of $15 billion over the three years preceding the crisis. INFRA will have a particular focus on green investments and will support governments who want to use infrastructure investments to advance the green agenda.

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


    Google Software to Help Homeowners Track Energy Use
    In a bid to help mitigate global warming, Google, Inc., Mountain View, Calif., plans to roll out free software that allows consumers to track their home electricity use. Currently, the company is consulting with utility companies in the United States, Europe, and Asia to make the product available to general consumers.

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


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    Project Watch
    Battery System Installation in Alaska
    Chugach Electric Association, Anchorage, Ala., is soliciting proposals for installation of two 125VDC battery banks and two battery chargers. One battery system and rack assembly is for replacement of the existing system at Bernice Lake Power Plant eight miles north of Kenai, Ala. The other battery system, rack assembly, and two battery chargers are for the International Generation Facility in Anchorage, Ala. Sealed proposals are due no later than 4 p.m. AST on May 11. For more information, download a pdf from the Chugach Web site.


    Small Works Roster in Washington
    The University of Washington, Seattle, is accepting applications from electrical contractors for its small works roster. Public works projects at a cost less than $200,000 for the University of Washington at its Seattle, Tacoma, Wa., and Bothel, Wa., campuses may be bid through the use of the roster. No public advertisement will be made for these projects, and only contractors on the roster will be given an opportunity to bid. There is no deadline for applications. For more information and a link to the application, visit the university's Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    First Solar, Tempe, Ariz., recently entered into a 25-year power purchase agreement (PPA) with Tri-State Generation and Transmission Association, Westminster, Colo. The agreement, which represents the largest photovoltaic (PV) contract by an electric cooperative in the United States, calls for First Solar to engineer, procure, and construct (EPC) a 30MW AC ground-mounted PV power plant in northeastern New Mexico.

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


    How to Grow Your Business During Tough Times
    In 2008, the Long Beach, N.Y.-based Mister Sparky franchise experienced more than 70% growth in residential service sales and expects to increase sales by a minimum of 9% in 2009. To read Owner Bill Murdy's advice on how your firm can grow despite tough economic times, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Top Economic Concerns for 2009 Include Revenue and Capital Spending Projections
    Prime Advantage, a Chicago-based buying consortium for mid-sized industrial manufacturers, recently released results of a survey of 103 representatives of industrial manufacturing companies, including business owners, vice presidents of procurement, and purchasing professionals. Highlights of results of this survey can be found on the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    ESFI's Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign Emphasizes Consumer Safety
    To recognize National Electrical Safety Month this May, Electrical Safety Foundation International (ESFI), Arlington, Va., kicks off the Buyer Beware Anti-Counterfeiting Campaign to educate the public about how to recognize dangerous and defective counterfeit electrical products and avoid purchasing them when shopping online or in traditional retail outlets. "Anti-counterfeiting has been the focus of a major effort across the electrical industry this year," says EFSI President Brett Brenner. "National Electrical Safety Month presented a perfect opportunity for ESFI to expand the reach of this message to the American public — the end-users of these products who may be unknowingly putting themselves in imminent danger."

    ESFI has developed a complimentary Buyer Beware campaign toolkit that features a collection of informational materials, tools, and resources to encourage local communities to organize their own National Electrical Safety Month awareness activities. The contents of this toolkit can be downloaded at no cost from ESFI's Web site.


    Shows & Events
    NFPA Conference & Expo
    The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Conference & Expo is scheduled for June 8-11 in Chicago. Topics for education sessions at this year's event include electrical section codes and standards and NFPA 70E 2009. For more information and to register, visit the NFPA Web site.


    West Coast EMC
    The West Coast Energy Management Congress (EMC) will take place from June 10-11 in Long Beach, Calif. Seminars to be presented include "Fundamentals of Power Quality," "Fundamentals of Energy Auditing," and "Fundamentals of Measurement and Verification: Applying the IPVMP." For more information and to register, visit the conference Web site.






    EASA 2009

    The Electrical Apparatus Service Association (EASA) Annual Convention is scheduled for June 14-16 in St. Louis. Topics for education sessions include sales strategies, upgrades, and electromagnetic interference (EMI) diagnostics for motors, generators, transformers, cable, and switchgear. For more information and to register, visit the EASA Web site.


    Enroll In EC&M University's Online Arc Flash Courses
    Need Arc Flash prevention training and continuing education, but don't have a travel budget? That's no problem. EC&M University’s e-Training Center is the answer! Just link to these live, online training courses directly from your computer. Each course will be presented in a concise and easy-to-understand manner by an industry acknowledged expert.

    • High Resistance Grounding and Arc Flash Accident Prevention
      May 7, 2009
    • Mitigation of Arc Flash Hazards Using Fuses
      May 12, 2009
    • Arc Flash Testing Updates
      June 16, 2009
    • Arc Flash Hazard Mitigation Case Studies
      June 25, 2009
    For more information, go to www.ecmuniversity.com. To register online, go to www.acteva.com/go/ecmuniversity.

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