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November 16, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 21


CONTENTS
Minority Report

AGC Calls for Additional Measures to Prevent Further Construction Job Losses

North American Business Conditions Readings Retreat Modestly in October

BPU Approves 51MW Expansion for PSE&G's Solar Program

U.S. Wind Energy Industry Installs Over 1,600 MW in Third Quarter

Controls System and Electrical Work in Arkansas

Electrical Contract in Arkansas

Business Brief

EPA's Lead-Safe Program Open to Contractors

Construction Market Forecast Calls for 11% Jump in 2010

Sparking Electrical Panel at Ice Rink Causes Burns

Electric West 2010


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Minority Report
    Federal stimulus funds available for state and local construction projects have put a sharper focus on hiring disadvantaged businesses. For the January issue of EC&M, we'll be discussing the requirements that qualify contracting firms as disadvantaged, such as minority or veteran ownership, revenue, and size. If you have an opinion on this subject you'd like to share for possible publication, 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
    AGC Calls for Additional Measures to Prevent Further Construction Job Losses
    Unemployed construction workers continue to outnumber unemployed workers in any other sector as recently released figures from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reveal another 62,000 lost construction jobs in October, totaling 18.7% for construction unemployment. The figures show that additional measures to stimulate construction demand, such as the recently passed extension of the homebuyers' tax credit and expansion of carryback for net operating losses are needed, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va.

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


    North American Business Conditions Readings Retreat Modestly in October
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA) Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions lost ground in October for the first time in four months, falling 6.7 points. Nonetheless, at 51.9, the index managed to breach the critical 50-point threshold for the third straight month, suggesting at least a modest improvement in industry conditions relative to September.

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


    BPU Approves 51MW Expansion for PSE&G's Solar Program
    Newark, N.J.-based New Jersey Board of Public Utilities (BPU) recently approved a $143-million expansion to the solar loan program by Public Service Electric and Gas Company (PSE&G), a subsidiary of Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG), Newark, N.J. The expansion will finance the installation of an additional 51MW of solar energy systems on homes, businesses, and municipal buildings throughout PSE&G's electric service area.

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


    U.S. Wind Energy Industry Installs Over 1,600 MW in Third Quarter
    Washington D.C.-based American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) recently reported that the U.S. wind energy industry installed 1,649MW of new power-generating capacity in the third quarter — an amount higher than either the second quarter of 2009 or the third quarter of 2008 — bringing the total capacity added this year to date to over 5,800MW. AWEA also reported that wind turbine manufacturing still lags below 2008 levels, in both production and new announcements.

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


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    Project Watch
    Controls System and Electrical Work in Arkansas
    Brinkley Water and Sewer Commission, Brinkley, Ark., is accepting separate sealed bids for the construction of a new filter system, valve replacement, instrumentation and controls system, electrical work, and generator installation for the Brinkley water treatment plant expansion. Bids are due by 10 a.m. CST on December 2. For more information, visit The Oklahoman's Web site.


    Electrical Contract in Arkansas
    Ideal Construction, Crossett, Ark., is receiving bids for an electrical contract as part of the construction of a new physical education facility for Emerson-Taylor School District, Emerson, Ark. Bids are due by 2 p.m. CST on December 10. For more information, visit The Oklahoman's Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    St. Louis-based PayneCrest Electric and Communications recently was honored with a Construction Keystone Award, hosted by the Associated General Contractors of St. Louis. The firm won the Project of the Year, Specialty Contractor, Industrial/Infrastructure Construction – $5 Million or More category for its work on the Holcim Cement Plant, Ste. Genevieve, Mo.

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


    EPA's Lead-Safe Program Open to Contractors
    Calling all electrical contractors. It’s time to reduce childhood lead poisoning by working lead safe. By April 2010, all firms that disturb lead paint as part of their work in pre-1978 homes, schools, and other buildings must be certified by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After this deadline, all of these types of jobs must be supervised by a certified renovator who has completed an EPA-accredited one-day training course; other employees will have to receive specific on-the-job training. That’s where EPA’s new Lead-Safe Renovation, Repair, and Painting (RRP) program comes in.

    To read more about the lead-safe program, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Construction Market Forecast Calls for 11% Jump in 2010
    Gains in housing and public works will offset declines in commercial and manufacturing building — that was the big news coming out of McGraw-Hill Construction’s 71st annual Outlook 2010 Executive Conference held in mid-October in Washington, D.C. In its “2010 Construction Outlook,” McGraw Hill analysts forecast an increase in overall U.S. construction starts for next year. Due to improvement for housing from extremely low levels and broader expansion for public works, the level of construction starts in 2010 is expected to climb 11% to $466.2 billion, following the 25% decline predicted for 2009.

    For more of the forecast, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    Sparking Electrical Panel at Ice Rink Causes Burns
    On Nov. 12, an unidentified electrician was transported to the OSU Burn Center after an electrical panel exploded at the Chiller Easton Ice Rink, Columbus, Ohio. The employee was working on a 480V power panel when the panel sparked and caught fire. Witnesses said the unit still was sparking as fire crews arrived. According to police and fire crew authorities on the scene, the incident has been declared an industrial accident.


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