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June 30, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 12

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CONTENTS
One Word: Plastics

Non-Residential Construction Starts Up in May

New Standard Contract Simplifies Work on Federal Construction and Stimulus Projects

NEMA Urges DOE to Adopt New Energy-Savings Rule for Fluorescent and Incandescent Reflector Lamps

NIST Releases Report on Smart Grid Development

Electrical Work in Pennsylvania

Electrical Installation in Pennsylvania

Business Brief

Study Reveals Green IT Is Now an Essential Practice

HomePlug Powerline Alliance Charts Smart Grid Technology Path

Two Survive Shocks in Trench



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    Coming Up in EC&M
    One Word: Plastics
    In the September issue of EC&M, Staff Writer Beck Ireland will be discussing trends in electrical products, particularly the shift to PVC and HDPE for electrical conduit. If you're an electrical contractor with an opinion on this topic you'd like to share for possible inclusion in the article, please contact Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    AEMC® Introduces the New Ground Resistance Tester Model 6471
    The Ground Resistance Tester Model 6471 is a portable measurement instrument designed to measure ground resistance using two current clamps (no auxiliary rods). It measures from 0.01 to 99.99 k ohms and is auto-ranging, automatically seeking out the optimum measurement range and test current.
    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


    Around the Circuit
    Non-Residential Construction Starts Up in May
    The value of non-residential construction starts increased 16% in May (not seasonally adjusted), according to Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga., but was down 6.2% for the first five months in 2009 compared to the same period in 2008.

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


    New Standard Contract Simplifies Work on Federal Construction and Stimulus Projects
    ConsensusDOCS is publishing a new contract agreement written to specifically address the complexities of federal subcontracting. "The new ConsensusDOCS federal subcontract will keep needed construction projects from getting tangled up in red tape," says Tom Kelleher, senior partner in Smith, Currie & Hancock, Atlanta, and chair of the national coalition of associations that wrote and endorsed the new standard contract.

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


    NEMA Urges DOE to Adopt New Energy-Savings Rule for Fluorescent and Incandescent Reflector Lamps
    NEMA, Rosslyn, Va., recently submitted comments to the Department of Energy (DOE) on the Notice of Proposed Rule, Energy Conservation Standards for General Service Fluorescent Lamps and Incandescent Reflector Lamps. NEMA's 31-page document includes several scenarios that would result in the phase-out of the T12 lamp without causing disruption in the marketplace.

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


    NIST Releases Report on Smart Grid Development
    The U.S. Commerce Department’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Gaithersburg, Md., recently released for public review a report that identifies issues and proposes priorities for developing technical standards and an architecture for a U.S. Smart Grid. The nearly 300-page report, developed and delivered to NIST by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, Calif., is part of the first phase of NIST’s three-phase plan, announced in April, to expedite development of key standards for the Smart Grid. The report is available on the NIST Smart Grid Web site. NIST will accept public comments on the report for 30 days after the publication of an upcoming notice in the Federal Register announcing the report’s availability.

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


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    Starting from only $17.43 -- it's time to stop replacing broken plastic and rusted steel connectors. www.elecDirect.com -- or call toll free (800) 701-0975 for more information.


    Project Watch
    Electrical Work in Pennsylvania
    The Three River Center for Independent Living (TRCIL), Wilkinsburg, Pa., will receive proposals for the repair and conversion to offices of portions of the third floor of the building located at TRCIL headquarters until 1 p.m. EST on July 6th, 2009. The proposed work includes electrical, as well as plumbing, HVAC, fire sprinkler system, general contracting, painting and plastering, and flooring replacement. For more information, visit The New Pittsburgh Courier Online's Web site.


    Electrical Installation in Pennsylvania
    The Heritage Health Foundation (HHFI), Braddock, Pa., is accepting bids on work, including electrical, on the Braddock Employment Training Center. Sealed bids are due at 10 a.m. EST on July 8. For more information, visit The New Pittsburgh Courier Online's Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    EMCOR Group, Norwalk, Conn., reported that its Salt Lake City-based subsidiary, Wasatch Electric, has received a contract for the installation of all the electrical systems involved in the construction of the new Utah Museum of Natural History, Salt Lake City. Wasatch Electric will be responsible for the installation of fire alarm, smoke control, VESDA, and audiovisual systems, as well as duct banks and underground vaults for the high-voltage system, which also includes a 1500kW generator for emergency power.

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


    Study Reveals Green IT Is Now an Essential Practice
    Data from “2009 Green IT Report,” a recently released study from Cupertino, Calif.-based Symantec, reveals that senior-level IT executives report significant interest in green IT strategies and solutions, attributed to cost reduction and environmental responsibility. The data indicates a shift from implementing green technologies primarily for cost reduction purposes to a more balanced awareness of also improving the organization’s environmental standing.

    For more on this report, visit the EC&M Web site.


    HomePlug Powerline Alliance Charts Smart Grid Technology Path
    The HomePlug Powerline Alliance, Portland, Ore., recently announced a technology path for Smart Grid (intelligent energy networks), an infrastructure-critical market poised for rapid growth. The alliance has completed its Market Requirements Document (MRD) for HomePlug Smart Energy. The MRD will guide the development of new HomePlug specifications, creating a new class of powerline communications products that offer lower cost, low power consumption while being fully interoperable with the current HomePlug AV standard and the forthcoming IEEE 1901 standard — at data rates tailored to meet the anticipated future requirements of smart energy management. This will allow utilities, electricity meter manufacturers, and product manufacturers to “future proof” Smart Grid networks based on HomePlug/IEEE technology. For more on this topic, visit the EC&M Web site.

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    Eye on Safety
    Two Survive Shocks in Trench
    A landscape worker was recently electrically shocked in a Long Beach, Calif., trench accident. According to a statement from the Long Beach Fire Department, the 28-year-old worker came in contact with a power line and went into cardiac and respiratory arrest. A 46-year-old supervisor, who tried to remove the worker from the trench, was also shocked and suffered minor injuries. The Fire Department says fellow workers performed CPR on the 28-year-old victim, and firefighters were able to restore his pulse and breathing before he reached an emergency room. The supervisor has also been treated for his injuries.

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