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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 firstname.lastname@example.org with
the list of tools you can't work without.
AEMC® Introduces Its Newest
PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality
Model 8335 is a three-phase power quality analyzer
that is easy-to-use, compact, and shock resistant. It has direct
measurement of four voltage and four current inputs including neutral
voltage and current. It simultaneously captures and records trend,
transients, events, and waveforms with 2GB of memory for data
Around the Circuit
Bureau Says Millions of U.S. Buildings Could Benefit From Lighting
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.
read more on this story, visit EC&M's Web
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
Identifies Best Program Strategies for Realizing Energy Efficiency in
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.
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
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
Buy an Agilent Handheld, Get a Free Accessory
Agilent U1253A HHDMM has been awarded category winner in the Portable
Test and Measurement category in the 2009 Product of the Year
competition by EC&M magazine. In conjunction with this
recognition, customers who purchase an Agilent handheld will be entitled
to an accessory, absolutely free.
here to find out more.
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.
Lectrus is proud to offer turnkey
control systems design and fabrication services within the robust
electrical equipment centers purchased by their customers. A team of
dedicated control systems experts complements our professional staff of
electrical engineers and electricians. Together, they will create and
supply control systems design solutions for HVAC, PLC, DCS, SCADA, and
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
For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.
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
North American Wind
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
2010 IEEE Power & Energy Society Transmission and Distribution
Conference and Exposition will occur April 19-22 in New
Orleans. Join us in the Crescent City for the most informative event
focusing on the technological solutions that will drive the industry
into the future. Discuss the challenges you now face with equipment
manufacturers and service providers from all over the world.
information go to www.ieeet-d.org.
Eye on Safety
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
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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