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August 17, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 15



CONTENTS
Product Certification Changes

DOE Announces Plans for Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium

California Building Standards Commission Announces Nation's First Green Building Standards Code

NEMA Publishes Fluorescent Lighting Systems Standard

Report Predicts 56% Increase for Solar Cell Production in 2009

Electrical Maintenance in Maryland

Pump Station Project in Florida

Business Brief

DOE Will Award up to $11 Million for New Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems

Most Economic Projections Understate Potential Energy-Efficiency Benefits, Greenhouse Gas Cuts

OSHA Cites MillerCoors for Alleged Electrical Hazards

BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Product Certification Changes
    The October cover story for EC&M will discuss the European request to change the electrical product certification process in the United States. Would you like to share your opinion on this topic or discuss the advantages or drawbacks of self-certification? If implemented, how will these changes affect your job? Please contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    AEMC® Introduces the New Dual Display Clamp-On Meter Models 670 & 675
    AEMC®'s Models 670 and 675 are True RMS clamp-on meters that provide RMS measurements for today's non-linear electrical environments. These meters are designed to measure and display amps and volts at the same time. They are also auto-ranging and provide the best measurement range and resolution for troubleshooting. They are sized for comfortable, one-handed operation. The tapered and hooked jaw design facilitates maneuvering in crowded wiring and breaker panels, making it easy to select conductors. Visit: www.aemc.com.


    Around the Circuit
    DOE Announces Plans for Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium
    To leverage the efforts of multiple cities pursuing evaluations of LED street lighting products, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has announced plans to form a Municipal Solid-State Street Lighting Consortium. The consortium will collect, analyze, and share technical information and experiences related to LED street lighting demonstrations.

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


    California Building Standards Commission Announces Nation's First Green Building Standards Code
    The California Building Standards Commission, Sacramento, Calif., recently announced that the nation's first Green Building Standards Code became effective August 1. "California continues to lead the way in its efforts to reduce the impact buildings have on our environment," says Dave Walls, executive director of the commission. "This new code encourages the use of renewable, recyclable, and recycled material in the building process, requiring all California buildings to be constructed with the environment in mind. While the new code is voluntary, it is the first step toward meeting the governor's 2010 objective.”

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


    NEMA Publishes Fluorescent Lighting Systems Standard
    NEMA, Rosslyn, Va., has published LL 9-2009, "Dimming of T8 Fluorescent Lighting Systems." This new standard is the first coordinated guidance from industry on the dimming of T8 fluorescent lighting systems and covers ranges between 100% and approximately 35% output (60mA lamp current). The publication was a result of discussions between numerous manufacturers and end-users as well as years of data gathering, testing, and analysis.

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


    Report Predicts 56% Increase for Solar Cell Production in 2009
    Photovoltaic (PV) solar cell manufacturing capacity is expected to grow 56% in 2009 to 17GW, according to a recent report by DisplaySearch, Austin, Texas. The report, "Q3 '09 Quarterly PV Cell Capacity Database & Trends Report," claims ramped capacity, which was only 2.3GW in 2005, is forecast to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 49% to more than 42GW in 2013.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Maintenance in Maryland
    The Social Security Administration (SSA) is soliciting proposals for services related to the electrical maintenance functions of the day-to-day operations of the Metro West Complex, Baltmore. Contract includes the operation of all air-conditioning and heating equipment, daily operational tours and watches, operation of the building automation system, service calls, and preventive maintenance. For more information, visit the Federal Business Opportunities Web site.


    Pump Station Project in Florida
    Tampa Bay Water, a Tampa Bay, Fla.-based regional water supply authority, is receiving bids for its off-stream reservoir pump station project, Hillsborough County, Fla. Scope of work consists of -- but is not limited to -- construction of pump station consisting of four 400-hp variable-speed vertical turbine pumps; valve vault; electrical building; electrical systems and lighting; piping and valves; instrumentation and controls; and HVAC system. A mandatory pre-bid conference will be held August 18 at 2:30 p.m. EST. Deadline for bids is 2:00 p.m. EST on September 10. For more information, visit the Tampa Bay Water Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    The Townsend Corp, Parker City, Ind., recently announced that its Kennett, Mo.-based business unit has expanded its capability to serve the wind energy market through the formation of a Wind Energy Tower Wiring team. The team became fully operational on July 1 and consists of a core group of personnel that has completed more than 500 tower installations and has more than 30 years of wind energy experience combined, including working with towers manufactured by a variety of major turbine manufacturers.

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


    DOE Will Award up to $11 Million for New Solar Energy Grid Integration Systems
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced the investment of up to $11.8 million -- $5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- for five projects designed to advance the next stage of development of solar energy grid integration systems (SEGIS). The selections are part of DOE's continuing work to help ensure the nation's electrical grid reliability is maintained and improved as solar energy technologies reach cost competitiveness and increased levels of integration with the grid.

    For more information on these projects, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Most Economic Projections Understate Potential Energy-Efficiency Benefits, Greenhouse Gas Cuts
    A recent report from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Washington, D.C., reveals U.S. energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions could be cut almost in half by 2050 through increased energy efficiency, while achieving "a small but net positive gain" in the economy.

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


    Eye on Safety
    OSHA Cites MillerCoors for Alleged Electrical Hazards
    After an investigation into the death of one worker and injuries to two others in two accidents at MillerCoors' Golden, Colo.-based plant earlier this year, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recently cited MillerCoors, Chicago, with one alleged willful and nine alleged serious safety violations of OSHA's regulations governing electrical hazards. In addition, federal investigators allege that inadequate safety measures were in place to protect against electrical hazards at the time of the fatal February accident. However, OSHA said the Jefferson County coroner's office could not determine whether those conditions contributed to the final cause of death. OSHA is proposing $128,500 in penalties for the alleged violations.


    Shows & Events
    BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition
    The 2009 BICSI Fall Conference & Exhibition will take place from September 20-24 in Las Vegas. Topics to be presented at this year's conference include wireless data networking standards overview, technology considerations for green design, specifying optical fiber, and next-generation fibers and standards. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.

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