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June 15, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 11


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

Top 50 Electrical Contractors

New Construction Starts Fall in April

NEMA Publishes Revision of Cable Tray Standard

Progress Energy Announces Expanded Solar Energy Strategy

Q1 Lighting Systems Index Falls to New Low

Electrical Systems Work in Texas

Switchgear Replacement in Texas

Business Brief

Revised Draft Criteria for Energy Star Integral LED Lamps

M.C. Dean to Provide Bilingual Arc-Flash Study and Training to 15 Mission Foods Locations

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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    Easy-to-use. Simply connect the leads, select the test mode, press start and read the results. Up to 512 test results can be stored in internal memory for later recall to the display or download to a PC using DataView® software. www.aemc.com


    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 related to datacom and electrical work, 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 firm has what it takes to make the Top 50 list (the cutoff for total sales for electrical and datacom work for last year was $1 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.


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    Around the Circuit
    New Construction Starts Fall in April
    The value of new construction starts fell 1% in April, seasonally adjusted, according to McGraw-Hill Construction, New York. For the first four months of 2009 combined, starts declined 39%, compared to the same time period in 2008. Additionally, in April non-building construction fell 19%, following a 28% increase in March, and was down 20% year-to-date. Non-residential building experienced a 9% jump in April, but fell 42% year-to-date. Residential construction in April grew 8%, largely as a result of a 13% gain in single-family housing, but was down 50% year-to-date.

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


    NEMA Publishes Revision of Cable Tray Standard
    NEMA, Rosslyn, Va., has published ANSI/NEMA WC 51-2009/ICEA P-54-440, "Ampacities of Cables Installed in Cable Trays." The standard was produced by the Energy Division Working Group 440 of the Insulated Cable Engineers Association (ICEA), Carrollton, Ga., and was last revised in 2003. WC 51/P-54-440 provides ampacity ratings for 600V to 15,000V solid dielectric cables installed in cable trays, tabulated for single conductor cables, triplexed assemblies of single conductor cables, and three-conductor cables incorporating an overall jacket.

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


    Progress Energy Announces Expanded Solar Energy Strategy
    Progress Energy, Raleigh, N.C., recently unveiled an expanded solar energy strategy in the Carolinas and Florida. SunSense includes a range of new residential and commercial solar incentives and programs and is expected to expand the scope and use of solar energy in the Carolinas and Florida by more than 100MW over the next decade. The cost of implementing the program is expected to have minimal impact on customer bills.

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


    Q1 Lighting Systems Index Falls to New Low
    The Lighting Systems Index (LSI), tracked by NEMA, Rosslyn, Va., declined 12.8% during the first quarter of 2009, when compared to the prior three-month period. Moreover, the index has registered new all-time low readings in each of the last two quarters. On a year-over-year basis, the LSI plunged nearly 22% and is down more than 26% from the cyclical peak level. Each category of lighting equipment covered in the index saw inflation-adjusted shipments decline significantly on a year-over-year basis, though ballasts and fixtures saw the most weakness compared to the first quarter of 2008.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Systems Work in Texas
    Vaughn Construction, Houston, is requesting proposals for the Texas A&M University, Renovate the MSC and University Center Complex, Early Release Package No. 1. This project is located on the main campus of Texas A&M University, College Station, Texas, and includes electrical system work. Proposals must be submitted between the hours of 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. CDT on June 30. For more information, call (713) 579-1234 or e-mail vault@aecomplex.com.


    Switchgear Replacement in Texas
    Bids for the replacement and installation of the 600A switchgear and 1,000kVA transformer, including two distribution switches, will be received by the Dallas County Community College District Purchasing Department, Mesquite, Texas, on June 30 at 2 p.m. CDT. Scope of work also includes removal and disposal of existing equipment. For more information, call (972) 860-7771.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Architecture and engineering firm Stantec, Edmonton, Canada, has designed the installation of a new lighting system along the Peace Bridge in Niagara Falls, N.Y. The new system comprises more than 650 light-emitting diode (LED) lights, which use much less energy than the previous 25-year-old system, and is controlled by a computer software program that allows the bridge authority to employ a limitless number of color combinations and animations to match city events or celebrations.

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


    Revised Draft Criteria for Energy Star Integral LED Lamps
    The Department of Energy (DOE) is accepting comments on the recently revised draft criteria for Energy Star integral light-emitting diode (LED) lamps. Read the revised criteria on the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    M.C. Dean to Provide Bilingual Arc-Flash Study and Training to 15 Mission Foods Locations
    Mission Foods, Irving, Texas, recently selected the Arc Flash Loss Prevention (AFLP) Group of M.C. Dean, Dulles, Va., to implement a bilingual nationwide arc-flash training program at Mission Foods’ locations throughout the United States. The first of 15 M.C. Dean Spanish/English arc-flash safety presentations took place in mid-May at the Pendergrass, Ga., Missions Foods’ plant. The audience for the bilingual presentation included plant electricians, maintenance supervisors, the plant manager, and other employees at the Georgia facility.


    Shows & Events
    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
    • 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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