Coming Up in EC&M
As state and federal mandates continue to require higher
percentages of renewable energy sources for utilities, localized
generation sources, namely solar and wind power, will be added to the
electrical grid. In the January issue of EC&M, we'll be
discussing the technologies that enable renewable sources of energy to
be used without sags or swells on the power levels in the system. If you
have information regarding energy storage devices or other technology
that could mitigate power supply level problems associated with
distributed generation sources, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by
phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at email@example.com.
AEMC® Introduces Its Newest
PowerPad® Model 8335 Power Quality Analyzer
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 storage.
Around the Circuit
NFPA Launches New
Web Pages to Streamline Access to Technical Document Information
The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
introduced improved document information Web pages to make finding
information on its more than 300 codes and standards easier. This
project was developed based on feedback received from a survey of NFPA's
technical committee members, the volunteers responsible for developing
and revising NFPA documents, and other participants in the process.
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Down 3% in October after Seasonal Adjustment
October construction starts increased 6% from September,
but the monthly change was a 3% drop after adjusting for the usual
seasonal pickup, according to Jim Haughey, chief economist for Reed
Construction Data, Norcross, Ga.
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Includes Net Operating Loss Provisions
The Worker, Homeownership, and Business Assistance Act
of 2009 recently was passed by wide margins in both the House and Senate
and signed into law. The bill extends unemployment benefits, and also
includes added provisions on net operating losses supported by the
National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md.
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Electricity Cost to Decline, Drive Increased Installations
The cost of solar electricity is likely to drop by 50%
in 2009 from the previous year due largely to a big fall in solar panel
prices, according to London-based New Energy Finance, provider of
industry information and analysis to investors, corporations, and
governments in clean energy, low-carbon technologies, and the carbon
markets. The drop refers to what's commonly called the "leveilized cost
of electricity," or the cost of producing the power over the lifetime of
a solar power plant -- from building to operating power plants.
Utilities and banks use these metrics to determine their investments and
operational costs for these generation facilities over time.
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Facility in Maryland
The Northeast Maryland Waste Disposal Authority,
Baltimore, is advertising the availability of a request for proposals to
design, build, construct, and operate a landfill-gas-to-electricity
facility at the Millersville Landfill, Anne Arundel County, Md.
Proposals are due December 29. For more information, visit the
Electrical Services in Colorado
The Board of County Commissioners of Garfield County,
Colo., acting by and through the Office of Contract Administration on
behalf of the Garfield County Maintenance Department, is soliciting
qualifications from electrical contractors for as-needed electrical
services for the term of January 1, 2010, through December 31, 2010. The
deadline to submit qualifications is at 4 p.m. GMT on December 31, 2009.
For more information, download the documents from the county Web
Stainless Steel Liquid Tight
ElecDirect's line of stainless steel liquid-tight
conduit connectors is made of corrosion-resistant 304 stainless steel
and designed specifically for flexible liquid-tight conduit. Ideal for
highly corrosive environments, these connectors are extremely durable
and UV-resistant. They also include an insulated throat for further
cable protection. Starting from only $19.99 — it's time to stop
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Winter Park, Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co. announced
the expansion of its residential North Florida office, the opening of
its new residential office in Central Florida, and the signing of a new
homebuilder client, Lennar Homes. "Both the North Florida office
expansion and the St. Cloud opening allow us to better serve our
homebuilder customers," says Don Stebbins, VP residential division,
Palmer Electric Co.
For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M Web site.
Research Launches Series of Research Reports
In response to increased interest in the energy business
marketplace, Atlanta-based AEE Market Research is introducing a series
of market research reports that support market development and strategic
planning for those engaged in the energy business. With comprehensive
analyses, these reports provide market assessments and forecasts,
identification of market opportunities, discussions of trends, profiles
of key players, and the most current market data available.
information about the reports, visit the EC&M Web
The 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.
For more information go to www.ieeet-d.org.
Eye on Safety
NFPA Invites User
Comments for 70E Standard Revision
NFPA 70E, "Standard for Electrical Safety in the
Workplace," 2012 edition, is up for discussion, according to Jeffrey
Sargent, NFPA's senior electrical specialist and staff liaison for NFPA
70E. Users of the standard have until January 5 to submit proposals
recommending new, revised, or deleted requirements and provisions for
the next edition of NFPA 70E. For more information and a link to the
proposal form, visit the NFPA Web
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Shows & Events
The Electric West 2010 and Power Quality conference will
be held March 16-18 in Las Vegas. Topics at this year's event include
grounding versus bonding, electrical estimating, and certification for
renewable energy installation. For more information, visit the Electric
West 2010 Web
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