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October 15, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 19


CONTENTS
Tool Time

National Lighting Bureau Says Millions of U.S. Buildings Could Benefit From Lighting Upgrades

NEMA Publishes Metal Cable Tray Systems Standard

New Report Identifies Best Program Strategies for Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry

SolarCity Announces New Residential Solar Service in Oregon

Diesel Generator Installation in Connecticut

RFI for Utility Management Services in New York

Business Brief

Total Construction Spending Expected to Drop Next Year

North American Wind Energy Outlook

Steel Plant Maintenance Supervisor Suffers Electrical Burns

2010 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Tool Time
    Attention, electrical contractors! For the November issue of EC&M, we'd like to hear from you about your favorite tools and how you use them. Is there a particular challenge you overcame with a new purchase? What tool do you use the most and have owned the longest? Contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com with the list of tools you can't work without.


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    Around the Circuit
    National Lighting Bureau Says Millions of U.S. Buildings Could Benefit From Lighting Upgrades
    More than 2.2 million of the nation's 2.7 million older (pre-1980) commercial buildings have been using the same lighting for the past three decades, according to the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), Silver Spring, Md., citing data published by the Department of Energy's (DOE) Energy Information Administration (EIA). NLB estimates that three million or more commercial and other non-residential buildings are candidates for money- and energy-saving lighting system upgrades.

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


    NEMA Publishes Metal Cable Tray Systems Standard
    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., has published VE 1-2009, "Metal Cable Tray Systems." The standard is also published by the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) as CSA C22.2 No. 126.1-09.

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


    New Report Identifies Best Program Strategies for Realizing Energy Efficiency in Industry
    A new report by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), Washington, D.C., highlights successful program strategies to realize the large potential energy savings in the industrial sector. The report, "Industrial Energy Efficiency Programs: Identifying Today's Leaders and Tomorrow's Needs," finds that industrial-sector energy savings have remained untapped by many existing publicly funded energy-efficiency programs.

    Energy efficiency in the industrial sector represents a low-cost resource compared with other sectors, but running successful programs for this sector requires different approaches than are traditionally used in other sectors. The new report identifies leading industrial programs and successful program strategies and suggests directions for programs looking to start or expand offerings to realize the energy-efficiency savings in this sector.

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


    SolarCity Announces New Residential Solar Service in Oregon
    Foster City, Calif.-based SolarCity recently announced a new residential solar service for Oregon homeowners. SolarCity's PurePower can enable Oregon homeowners to power their homes with solar electricity and pay the same rate they were previously charged for electricity from the utility company.

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


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    Project Watch
    Diesel Generator Installation in Connecticut
    U.S. Army Engineer District, New England, Concord, Mass., is soliciting bids for the installation of a new 15kW standby diesel generator, day tank, and automatic transfer switch at the Goshen Relay Station, Goshen, Conn. As part of this contract, the existing generator and all other replaced generator-related items shall be removed by the contractor and should be included in the bid price. Deadline to respond to the request for bids is November 3. For more information, visit FedBizOpps.gov.


    RFI for Utility Management Services in New York
    The Long Island Power Authority (LIPA), Uniondale, N.Y., recently issued a request for information (RFI) for electric utility management services. LIPA contracts for services to support the day-to-day operation and management of its electric utility system. These services include, but are not limited to, transmission and distribution facility operation, planning, engineering, construction, customer service, meter reading, billing, collection, and financial and operational reporting, along with associated support services. The contract between LIPA and the current service provider, National Grid, expires on Dec. 31, 2013.

    The primary intent of the RFI is to solicit information from potential service providers to help LIPA assess its options for the provision of electric utility management services in the future. Of particular importance to LIPA is gathering information that emphasizes ways to maximize customer satisfaction and operational efficiency. It is anticipated the RFI may lead to the issuance of a request for proposals for electric utility management services in early 2010. For more information visit the LIPA Web site. Responses to the RFI are due by 3 p.m. EDT on December 11.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Littelfuse, Des Plaines, Ill., will create a new Technical Center at a research park located on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Scheduled for completion by March 2010, the 14,500-sq-ft facility will accelerate Littelfuse's product development efforts and support customers' product testing requirements.

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


    Total Construction Spending Expected to Drop Next Year
    Despite the expected recovery of residential building in the second half of 2009, total construction spending on an annual basis is expected to fall 12% this year and 4% in 2010, reveals the "Third Quarter U.S. Construction Briefing" from IHS Global Insight, Lexington, Mass. Looking at the market as a whole, real total construction spending is not expected to rebound with double-digit growth on an annual basis until 2011 and 2012.

    To read more about the forecast for total construction spending, visit the EC&M Web site.


    North American Wind Energy Outlook
    In 2008, U.S. wind power generation capacity exceeded the 25GW mark by adding more than 8GW from the year before, representing the largest individual gain of any country in the world.

    To read more about the U.S. wind energy forecast, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    Steel Plant Maintenance Supervisor Suffers Electrical Burns
    On Oct. 13, a maintenance supervisor suffered electrical burns during a fire at the Severstal North America plant in Dearborn, Mich., according to Sean Delaney, staff writer at Press & Guide newspaper, Southgate, Mich. Authorities say the man was injured when he attempted to extinguish a fire that had broken out on a conduit pipe in the rolling mill. The electricity flowing through the pipe was still active when the incident took place.

    "He climbed a ladder and was in the process of using an extinguisher to put out the fire when the energy arced," says Tim Prokop, battalion chief of the Dearborn Fire Department. "That sent about 440V coursing through his body. He's lucky to be alive."


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    Call for Papers
    2010 IEEE IAS Annual Meeting
    The IEEE Industrial Applications Society (IAS) has issued a call for papers for its 2010 IEE IAS Annual Meeting, which will take place in Houston from October 3-7, 2010. Papers are being solicited on the technical interests related to industrial applications of electrical energy, especially studies pertaining to industrial automation and control, electrostatic process, and the appliance, metal, and mining industries. The deadline for submittal is January 15. For more information, visit the annual meeting Web site.
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