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May 15, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 9


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

Top 50 Electrical Contractors

EBCI Readings for North America Post Sharp Gains in April

New Study Provides Roadmap for Building Efficiency by 2050

Industry Leaders Launch Standards Initiative for Smart Lighting Systems

Duke Energy to Build up to 400 Mini Solar Power Plants in North Carolina

Fire Alarm System Maintenance in Arizona

Electrical Contract in Wyoming

Business Brief

Bulk of A/E Firms Plan for M&A Activity in Near Future

AFCI Requirement Debated in Indiana

PowerTest 2010

Pulp and Paper Industry 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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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Top 50 Electrical Contractors
    Based on results of a survey exclusive to EC&M, the August cover story will chronicle the successes and challenges EC&M's Top 50 electrical contractors 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 hot and cool markets and the cutting-edge technologies and processes the firms introduced into their work practices last year, as well as those on the verge of changing the landscape of project delivery and installation in the future.

    If your electrical has what it takes to make the Top 50 list (the cut-off for total design revenue for last year was $1.0 million) and would like to participate, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. Past participants can expect to receive the survey at the end of May.


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    Around the Circuit
    EBCI Readings for North America Post Sharp Gains in April
    The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions, released by the National Electrical Manufacturing Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., jumped 16 points in April to 42. Though falling below the key 50-point mark indicative of improvement in industry conditions for a 17th straight month, the index reached its highest level in nearly a year and has rallied some 34 points over the last four months from December’s near all-time low.

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


    New Study Provides Roadmap for Building Efficiency by 2050
    New modeling by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD), Geneva, shows how energy use in buildings can be cut by 60% by 2050 — essential to meeting global climate change targets — but this will require immediate action to transform the building sector. This is the central message of the report "Transforming the Market: Energy Efficiency in Buildings," the result of the WBCSD’s four-year, $15-million Energy Efficiency in Buildings (EEB) research project.

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


    Industry Leaders Launch Standards Initiative for Smart Lighting Systems
    LonMark International, the San-Jose, Calif.-based non-profit member trade association recognized as an industry authority for the creation and promotion of device networking interoperability standards, recently announced the formation of an industry advisory committee to guide and accelerate the organization's activities in lighting markets. Founding members of the committee represent leading users, specifiers, and developers of indoor and outdoor lighting systems.

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


    Duke Energy to Build up to 400 Mini Solar Power Plants in North Carolina
    Charlotte, N.C.-based Duke Energy will build between 100 and 400 electricity-generating mini solar power plants throughout North Carolina over the next two years in one of the first large-scale initiatives of its kind in the United States, according to CEO Jim Rogers. "Solar and wind are both going to be key parts of our strategy going forward," Rogers told reporters following the company's annual meeting.

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


    Project Watch
    Fire Alarm System Maintenance in Arizona
    The Purchasing Department of the Sunnyside School District, Tucson, Ariz., is soliciting bids for maintenance and inspections of fire alarm systems for the 2009-2010 school year. The deadline for bids is May 21 at 2 p.m. MST. For more information contact, Richard Oros, director of plant operations at (520) 545-2099 or download the bid document at the school district's Web site.


    Electrical Contract in Wyoming
    Groathouse Construction, Laramie, Wyo., and Hot Springs County, Wyo., are requesting pre-qualified subcontractor bids from electrical contractors for work on the New Hot Springs County Government Annex Building, Thermopolis, Wyo. A pre-bid meeting will be held June 4 at 10 a.m. MST at the office of the Hot Springs County Clerk, Thermopolis, Wyo. Faxed bids sent to (866) 699-1404 will be accepted until 9 a.m. MST on June 16. Sealed bids will be accepted until 11 a.m. MST on June 16. For more information, download a pdf from the Hot Springs County Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    The special projects division of Palmer Electric, Winter Park, Fla., has secured a nearly $1 million contract for phase II renovations at the 15-story, 231-room Lake Buena Vista Holiday Inn in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Palmer is providing electrical contracting for first-floor power and lighting including kitchen, dining room, lobby, lobby bar, fitness center, business center, grand ballroom, and convention center. Additionally, Palmer is providing systems for fire alarm, dimming, and automated building controls.

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


    Bulk of A/E Firms Plan for M&A Activity in Near Future
    Wayland, Mass.-based ZweigWhite recently released its 2009 Merger & Acquisition Survey. Highlights of the results and a response from Gregory Hart, a consultant with ZweigWhite who specializes in merger and acquisition advisory services, can be found on the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    AFCI Requirement Debated in Indiana
    The required installation of arc fault circuit interrupters (AFCIs) was once again debated during a recent public hearing of the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission, Indianapolis. Supporters want Indiana's electrical code to follow those of 27 other states that require the circuits. However, representatives of builders associations argue that the cost of installing the circuits (adding $300 to $400 to the price of a $150,000 house) outweighs the total of fire damage each year.

    In 2005, the state removed the requirement from its electrical code, citing high cost and the circuits' effectiveness. John Erickson, spokesman for the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, said the Indiana Fire Prevention and Building Safety Commission would decide in June or July whether to reinstitute the requirement.


    Call for Papers
    PowerTest 2010
    The InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA), Portage, Mich., is requesting 100- to 200-word abstracts for papers to be presented at PowerTest 2010 Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference, which is scheduled to be held from February 15 to February 18, 2010, in Long Beach, Calif. Abstracts should be non-commercial, technical submissions with a focus on safety, reliability, or equipment. The deadline to submit an abstract is May 15. For more information, visit the PowerTest Web site.


    Shows & Events
    Pulp and Paper Industry Conference
    The Industry Applications Society (IAS) 55th Pulp and Paper Industry Conference is scheduled for June 21-26 in Birmingham, Ala. Topics for papers to be presented at the event include changes to global motor efficiency regulations, generator tripping events at industrial facilities, and developments in industrial lighting. For more information and to register, visit the conference 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.

    • Arc Flash Testing Updates
      June 16, 2009
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      June 25, 2009
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