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January 30, 2009 A Penton Media Publication Vol. VIII, No. 2


CONTENTS
DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Wind Energy Projects

EPRI and the CEE to Work Together Advancing Energy Efficiency

BICSI and NBFAA Sign Honorary Friendship Agreement

Alliance to Save Energy Commends Proposed Investment in Energy Efficiency for Economic Recovery

Electrical Upgrades in Pennsylvania

Streetlight Study in California

Business Brief

ITC Judge Finds Violations of Pass & Seymour's GFCI Patent Rights

ABC National Convention

ASA Business Forum & Convention

PowerTest 2009

Electric West 2009


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    Around the Circuit
    DOE Announces Funding Opportunity for Wind Energy Projects
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the issuance of a funding opportunity announcement (FOA) for up to $6 million over fiscal years 2009-2010, subject to annual appropriations, to address wind development technical challenges and market acceptance barriers as outlined in the "20% Wind Energy by 2030" report. The announcement will address six topic areas: (1) turbine research, development, and testing; (2) distributed wind technologies; (3) market acceptance efforts; (4) environmental research and siting strategies; (5) transmission analysis, planning and assessments; and (6) workforce development.

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


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    EPRI and the CEE to Work Together Advancing Energy Efficiency
    The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), Palo Alto, Calif., and the Consortium for Energy Efficiency (CEE), Boston, have signed a memorandum of understanding that provides a mechanism for transferring key findings of EPRI research to CEE, where program administrators from the United States and Canada work to introduce energy-efficient products and services to the market.

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


    BICSI and NBFAA Sign Honorary Friendship Agreement
    Tampa, Fla.-based BICSI and Irving, Texas-based National Burglar & Fire Alarm Association (NBFAA) entered into an honorary friendship agreement, to promote further growth and development of global information transport systems (ITS) and electronic life safety and security (ELSS) systems. The two organizations plan to engage in a variety of cooperative activities, including exchanging visits and views between the members of the two entities in order to promote a qualified and skilled workforce; promoting and developing reciprocal training, education, and certifications of ITS and ELSS design and installation professionals; and pursuing other cooperative activities as appropriate.

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


    Alliance to Save Energy Commends Proposed Investment in Energy Efficiency for Economic Recovery
    The Alliance to Save Energy, Washington, D.C., recently commended the House Appropriations and Ways and Means Committees for including in their economic recovery bills “robust” funding of some $32 billion for energy-efficiency initiatives. “The House committees’ recommendations represent a major down payment on two important priorities for our nation — creating new jobs for our ailing economy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” says Alliance President Kateri Callahan. “The bills include many of our own recommendations for economic recovery — energy efficiency retrofits in public buildings and schools; creation of new green jobs; low-income weatherization; creating a smart grid; and state and local efficiency and conservation block grants.”

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Upgrades in Pennsylvania
    The Board of Commissioners of the County of Beaver, Pa., is requesting sealed bids from electrical contractors for electrical upgrades at Friendship Ridge health-care facility. The electrical contractor will serve as the lead contractor for this project. Sealed bids will be received until 4:30 p.m. on February 2. For more information, visit the Pennsylvania Public Notices Web site.


    Streetlight Study in California
    The City of Palo Alto, Calif., is seeking proposals to provide an independent and objective evaluation of a streetlighting pilot to assess the technical and economic feasibility of converting existing high-pressure sodium lights to LED and/or induction fixtures. A pre-proposal meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. on February 5. The deadline for proposals is 3 p.m. on February 17. For more information, visit the city's Web site.


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    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Seattle-based McKinstry became one of 16 service companies to receive a U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) indefinite delivery indefinite quantity (IDIQ) energy savings performance contract (ESPC) that could result in up to $80 billion in energy efficiency, renewable energy, and water conservation projects at federally owned buildings and facilities. The contract, which has a maximum value of $5 billion to McKinstry over the 10-year life of the contract, eliminates technology-specific restrictions and allows federal agencies to use these contracts in federal buildings, nationally and internationally.

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


    Eye on Safety
    ITC Judge Finds Violations of Pass & Seymour's GFCI Patent Rights
    On December 22, the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) released a public version of the judge’s ruling that a number of Chinese manufacturers of ground fault circuit interrupters (GFCIs) and their U.S. distributors have violated Syracuse, N.Y.-based Pass & Seymour/Legrand’s (P&S) patent rights. The ITC also released a public version of the judge’s recommendations on remedies.

    The public versions of the judge's decisions are available on the ITC Web site. The next step in the ITC process is for the full ITC to review the ruling together with any appeals and make a final decision by March 6.


    Shows & Events
    ABC National Convention
    The Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) 2009 National Convention will take place from February 25 to March 1 in Honolulu. This year's event includes national committee meetings, national crafts championship competition, and the construction leaders symposium. For more information and to register, visit the event's Web site.


    ASA Business Forum & Convention
    The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Business Forum & Convention is scheduled for March 5-7 in Nashville, Tenn. Topics for workshops to be presented include surviving tough economic times, the employee-ownership option, negotiating green projects and evaluating risk. For more information and to register, visit the ASA Web site.


    PowerTest 2009
    PowerTest 2009, an InterNational Electrical Testing Association (NETA) event, will take place March 9-10 in San Antonio. Topics for seminars include changes in the 2009 NFPA 70E, end-to-end testing, ground resistance testing, and arc-flash calculations. For more information and to register, visit the PowerTest Web site.





    Electric West 2009

    The Electric West Show, to be held March 18-20 at the Las Vegas Convention Center in conjunction with the Power Quality Reliability Conference, is the perfect place to brush up on the latest NEC topics — and earn continuing education credits in the process. Geared toward electrical contractors, consulting and specifying engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel, there’s something for everyone at the Electric Show. The biggest electrical marketplace in the western United States, this event attracts 250 exhibiting companies and more than 6,000 attendees every year. Here's a preview of some of the NEC seminars planned for next year's event:

    • One- and Two-Family Dwelling Unit Electrical Systems
    • Changes to the 2008 NEC
    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations (NEC Article 680)
    • Introduction to the 2009 NFPA 70E
    For more information, visit our Web site.

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