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December 15, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 23


CONTENTS
Commercial Construction Remains on the Decline

NEMA and AIA Call on Congress to Extend Commercial Building Tax Deduction

U.S. Home Automation Market on the Rise

U.S. Photovoltaic Market Driven by Falling Prices, Stimulus Funding, and Incentives

Electrical Upgrades in California

As-Needed Electrical Services in Colorado

Business Brief

Global Market for PV Power to Resume Growth in 2011

Conditions Facing Residential and Non-Residential Sectors Remain Weak

Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched

Electrical Contractor Receives OSHA Fine

2010 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition

2010 International Builders' Show

Electric West 2010


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    Around the Circuit
    Commercial Construction Remains on the Decline
    Despite reports from the 12 Federal Reserve districts indicating that economic conditions are improving modestly since the last report more than a month ago, market conditions for commercial real estate and construction were reported to have weakened in virtually all districts, with rising vacancy rates and downward pressure on rents.

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


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    NEMA and AIA Call on Congress to Extend Commercial Building Tax Deduction
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA), New York, have called on Congress to support enlarging the Energy Efficient Commercial Building Tax Deduction from $1.80 per square foot to $3 per square foot in order to help stimulate immediate job creation. A letter to Congressional members was co-signed by more than 50 organizations in the construction and environmental arenas.

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


    U.S. Home Automation Market on the Rise
    More than one million home automation systems are expected to be installed in the United States in 2012, according to a recent report from ABI Research. The report, "Home Automation and Security," also says the market is expected to nearly double again in 2014.

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


    U.S. Photovoltaic Market Driven by Falling Prices, Stimulus Funding, and Incentives
    Demand for photovoltaic (PV) projects in the United States is rapidly expanding as a result of falling system prices, stimulus funding and new regulatory incentives, according to a new report from Greentech Media (GTM) Research, Cambridge, Mass. As the recession retreats, the United States is poised to become the largest global demand center for PV, says the report "The United States PV Market: Project Economics, Policy, Demand, and Strategy Through 2013."

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Upgrades in California
    UCLA Capital Programs is soliciting bids for the renovation and expansion of Pauley Pavilion, a multi-purpose arena constructed in 1965. Scope of work includes upgrades and replacement of major equipment and distribution components of the pavilion's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing systems; installation of building lighting, equipment and environmental control systems; and installation of life-safety systems including new fire alarm and fire sprinkler systems, a smoke evacuation system, emergency generator, and fire command center. The deadline for submissions is 2 p.m. PST on December 16. For more information, download a pdf from the program's Web site.


    As-Needed Electrical Services in Colorado
    The Board of County Commissioners of Garfield County, Colo., is requesting qualifications for as-needed electrical services for the term of Jan. 1, 2010, through Dec. 31, 2010. The deadline to submit qualifications is at 4 p.m. MST on Dec. 31. For more information, download a pdf from the county's Web site.


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    Business Brief
    The Orlando Business Journal recently ranked Winter Park, Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co. the tenth largest specialty contractor in Central Florida for 2009. The poll, published in the journal's Nov. 27, 2009, issue, notes the electrical services company attained its ranking with 2008 revenues of $36.5 million with a staff of 350.

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


    Global Market for PV Power to Resume Growth in 2011
    According to a study by Oyster Bay, N.Y.-based NextGen Research titled "The Global Photovoltaic Market: Sunny Prospects for Energy Independence Through Solar Power," demand for photovoltaic (PV) power will increase at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of nearly 24% from 2008 to 2013, with markedly stronger growth starting in 2011 after the global economy rebounds from the ongoing global recession. Driving the installation and use of photovoltaics (PV) are concerns over climate change and the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, as well as the drive for energy independence, which has become a matter of national security for many countries. Furthermore, the development of a domestic PV industry is seen as a promising means of economic stimulation during a difficult fiscal period, as well as a way to transition to a green economy.

    For more information on global PV market, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Conditions Facing Residential and Non-Residential Sectors Remain Weak
    Despite recent economic news and activity suggesting a technical end to the "Great Recession," the conditions facing the construction industry likely will remain weak for another year or more, causing a drag on cement consumption, according to the most recent economic forecast from the Portland Cement Association (PCA), Skokie, Ill.

    For more information on the PCA forecast, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Smart Grid Interoperability Panel Launched
    The inaugural meeting of the Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP), a new stakeholder forum to provide technical support to the Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as it coordinates standards for a modernized electric power system, concluded November 19 with the election of 20 members to its governing board.

    For more information on the SGIP, visit the EC&M Web site.


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    Eye on Safety
    Electrical Contractor Receives OSHA Fine
    The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration has fined Vos Electric $4,900 after investigation of the death of one of the subcontractors workers at a plant construction site in Savannah, Ga. In what OSHA officials called a "serious incident," Jorge Leandro-Ramirez, 27, was crushed to death while operating a cherry picker. Michael Wald, spokesman for the U.S. Department of Labor's regional office in Atlanta, said the OSHA report cited the electrical contractor for failing to provide proper training to a worker. "The company did accept the penalty, and the case is now closed," says Wald.


    Shows & Events
    2010 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition
    The 2010 BICSI Winter Conference & Exhibition will take place from January 17-21 in Orlando, Fla. Topics for seminars at this year's event include emerging technologies in the cabling industry, enclosures, cabinet level power monitoring. For more information and to register, visit the BICSI Web site.


    2010 International Builders' Show
    The 2010 International Builders' Show is scheduled for January 19-22 in Las Vegas. Education sessions include "Basic Energy Code Compliance," "Working With the National Green Building Standard," and "Planning for Residential Electronic Systems." For more information and to register, visit the show's Web site.





    Electric West 2010

    The Electric West 2010 and Power Quality conference will be held March 16-18 in Las Vegas. Topic tracks at this year's event include lighting, design, code changes and standards, and power quality and reliability. For more information, visit the Electric West 2010 Web site.

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