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



CONTENTS
Fleet Tracking

North American Current Conditions EBCI Signals Improvement in August

In-Home Monitors Help Customers Save Energy

PNNL Awarded $6.8 Million for Marine and River Power Studies

First Standard in Industrial Wireless Series Gets ISA Stamp of Approval

Electrical Subcontractor Wanted in New Mexico

Lighting and Electrical Project in Minnesota

Business Brief

Report Finds Underground Utility Damages on the Decline

ZigBee Alliance and DRSG Establish Liaison Agreement

Electrical Worker Killed by Crane Boom on New York Bridge

LFI 2010

Solar Power International '09

ISC East


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Fleet Tracking
    In this economy, managing overhead is more important than ever. Has your firm recently implemented a new system for fleet management? For the October issue of EC&M, we're looking into the return on investment of fleet management systems. If you would like to share your success stories -- as well as divulge the challenges and lessons learned -- in initiating a new fleet tracking system, 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
    North American Current Conditions EBCI Signals Improvement in August
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American condition jumped nearly 12 points to 53.3 in August, an indication that the business environment facing electrical equipment manufacturers improved during the month. A companion measure of the intensity of change in business conditions gave slightly less auspicious results. The intensity of change indicator rose to 0.0 on the month, suggesting conditions were essentially unchanged in August compared to July. Intensity of change in business conditions is measured on a scale ranging from -5 (deteriorated significantly) through 0 (unchanged) to +5 (improved significantly).

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


    In-Home Monitors Help Customers Save Energy
    A pilot program by Seattle City Light, a Seattle-based publicly owned utility, found encouraging results on the effectiveness of in-home energy monitoring displays for helping people conserve energy, the company recently reported. In a pilot program, 24 randomly selected participants reduced their electricity consumption by an average of 3%, or 340kWh, over the eight-month test, which totaled nearly $22 in savings. Some saved much more, with the biggest reduction of 4,174kWh, or nearly 20%, which cut the customer's bills by about $267 during the test period.

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


    PNNL Awarded $6.8 Million for Marine and River Power Studies
    The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) will receive more than $6.8 million over three years to advance the production of renewable power from the natural movement of oceans and rivers. The bulk of the funding -- $3.45 million, or $1.15 million per year -- allows PNNL to lead a project that will examine the environmental impacts of marine and hydrokinetic power. The project will prioritize the risks that these kinds of power generation can have on the environment and wildlife; conduct laboratory and field experiments to further investigate certain risks; and predict the long-term impact of full-scale energy installations.

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


    First Standard in Industrial Wireless Series Gets ISA Stamp of Approval
    Research Triangle Park, N.C.-based International Society of Automation (ISA) Standards & Practices (S&P) Board has voted to approve the ISA-100.11a wireless standard, "Wireless Systems for Industrial Automation: Process Control and Related Applications," thereby making it an official ISA standard. The approval of this major new industry standard by the ISA S&P Board certifies that ISA's accredited procedures have been followed in the development of the standard.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Subcontractor Wanted in New Mexico
    Mountain States Constructors, Albuquerque, N.M., is requesting quotes from electrical subcontractors for a project in Eddy County, N.M. The deadline for bids is 11 a.m. GMT on September 18. For information concerning the project plans, specifications, and requirements, contact Mountain States Constructors (505) 292-0108.


    Lighting and Electrical Project in Minnesota
    The Purchasing Department for the City of Minneapolis, Minn., is soliciting bids for general improvements to the East Phillips Cultural Community Center. Scope of work includes lighting and electrical construction work. A pre-bid meeting will be held September 23 at 10 a.m. CST. Bids are due at 10 a.m. CST on October 1. For more information, download a pdf from the city's Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Hawkins Electric Service, Beltsville, Md., has joined with ABC Television's reality TV show "Extreme Makeover: Home Edition," and partnered with area builders to provide electrical services for a home to be built in the Hyattsville, Md., area. Hawkins will provide electricians, apprentices, labor, and project management for the electrical installation on the project. The company will also donate materials, with the help of local vendors, and will be working with Job Corps students who are interested in learning the electrical trade and participating in the project.

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


    Report Finds Underground Utility Damages on the Decline
    The Common Ground Alliance (CGA), an organization based in Alexandria, Va., that focuses on protecting underground utility lines and the safety of people who dig near them recently revealed good news from its "Damage Information Reporting Tool (DIRT)" report. The estimated total number of underground utility damages occurring in the United States last year decreased dramatically from previous years -- from 450,000 in 2004 and 256,000 in 2007 to 200,000 in 2008. The total number of events submitted for 2008 was 135,521, which represents facility damages, near misses, and/or downtime incurred. Thanks to the implementation of "811" in May 2007, more homeowners are calling their one call centers prior to beginning projects on their property.

    To read more about the decrease in utility damages, visit the EC&M Web site.


    ZigBee Alliance and DRSG Establish Liaison Agreement
    DRSG is the trade association for companies providing technologies, products, and services in the demand response and smart grid areas. The ZigBee Alliance is a global ecosystem of companies creating wireless solutions for use in energy management, commercial, and consumer applications. The agreement provides for collaboration on promotion and advocacy related to development of smart grid technology policies.

    To read more on this agreement, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    Electrical Worker Killed by Crane Boom on New York Bridge
    On Aug. 25, William Barnes, 48, electrician for Tri-State Electric Contracting, Haverstraw, N.Y., and member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 3, Flushing, N.Y., was killed when the boom of a crane fell and crushed him on the Throgs Neck Bridge, which spans between the Bronx and Queens. Barnes was operating the hydraulic boom when a cable snapped, according to authorities, pinning him against the vehicle. "The employee was outside of an aerial lift truck operating the lift controls when he was struck by the lift," reads a statement from the N.Y. Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which operates the bridge. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is investigating the accident.


    Call for Papers
    LFI 2010
    Lightfair International (LFI) is soliciting proposals for conference speakers for its LFI 2010 Trade Show & Conference, which will be held May 12-14 in Las Vegas. Suggested tracks include lighting design, sustainability, integrated building design and optimization, and professional development. The deadline for proposal submissions is 12 a.m. EST on Oct. 2. For more information, visit the LFI 2010 Web site.


    Shows & Events
    Solar Power International '09
    The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) and Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA) will present Solar Power International '09 Conference and Expo from October 27-29 in Anaheim, Calif. Topics for educational sessions include solar opportunities in the developing world, residential solar project financing, statewide incentives, and interconnection. For more information and to register, visit the Solar Power International Web site.


    ISC East
    The International Security Conference (ISC) and Exposition is scheduled for October 27-29 in New York. This year's event includes the IP Institute, Public Security and Safety Expo, and PSA-TEC. For more information and to register, visit the ISC East Web site.

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