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Jan. 15, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 1



CONTENTS
High-Mast Luminaire Safety

Labor Data Points to Start of Job Creation Process

IEEE Lays Groundwork for Adoption of DNP3 Protocol as New IEEE Standard

DP&L to Build Largest Solar Power Facility in Southwestern Ohio

Navajo Nation to Build Wind Farm in Arizona

Wireless Connectivity Wanted in Tennessee

Electrical Upgrade Services Needed in Michigan

Business Brief

Top Construction Economist Says Story on Stimulus-Funded Highway Work "Flawed"

DOE Awards $47 Million to IT and Communications Sectors

Further Decline in Nonresidential Construction Activity Expected in 2010

AWEA Identifies Wind Power Trends to Watch for in 2010

Electrical Problems Cause $6 Million in Damages to Massachusetts Apartment Building

Transformations in Lighting

PowerTest 2010

Electric West 2010


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    High-Mast Luminaire Safety
    High-mast luminaires are commonly found lining the nation's highways and roadways, providing light once the sun sets. Outdoor stadium light poles, also known as high-mast luminaires, are usually found in facilities such as recreational parks and fields, parking lots, outdoor stadiums, high schools and colleges, and prisons. Recently, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an advisory about outdoor steel stadium light poles after nine in Texas fell and 50 developed fractures and/or cracks. The problem was so persistent the CPSC is now investigating a variety of manufacturers’ light poles and issued a statement that a qualified inspector should examine all high-mast luminaires for visible signs of cracking, fracture or deterioration.

    An article in the February issue of EC&M will focus on these incidents and analyze the CPSC claims. If you work with high-mast luminaires or regularly inspect them and would like to share your experience, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    AEMC® Introduces Its Power Quality Analyzer PowerPad® Jr. Model 8230
    AEMC's Model 8230 PowerPad® Jr. is a single-phase power quality analyzer that is easy-to-use and shock-resistant. Users are able to obtain instant waveforms of the electrical network's characteristics and monitor their variation over time. All Power Quality parameters include volts, amps, and watts, and harmonics out to the 50th can be recorded.
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    Around the Circuit
    Labor Data Points to Start of Job Creation Process
    The December 84,000 job loss figure recently released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) was expected, but a three-month data review suggests that labor conditions are improving at a pace better than expected. According to a recent report by the Portland Cement Association (PCA), Skokie, Ill., the combination of BLS upward data revisions and better-than-expected job market performance resulted in only 501,000 job losses from August to December, versus a 861,000 job loss predicted by PCA.

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


    IEEE Lays Groundwork for Adoption of DNP3 Protocol as New IEEE Standard
    Piscataway, N.J.-based IEEE, the world's leading professional association for the advancement of technology, recently announced that work is underway for the formal recognition of Distributed Network Protocol (DNP3) as an IEEE standard. Designated as IEEE P1815, the standard will promote interoperability across hundreds of operational systems with thousands of installed devices, as well as strengthen security protocols while maintaining compatibility with existing object models.

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


    DP&L to Build Largest Solar Power Facility in Southwestern Ohio
    The Dayton Power and Light Company (DP&L), Dayton, Ohio, recently unveiled plans to construct a 1.1MW solar array near its Yankee substation in Washington Township, Montgomery County, Ohio. A visitors' center to educate the public about solar power is planned as part of the installation.

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


    Navajo Nation to Build Wind Farm in Arizona
    The Navajo Nation, Window Rock, Ariz., says it will build a $200-million wind farm near Flagstaff, Ariz., in conjunction with San Francisco-based Foresight Wind Energy and Edison Mission Energy.

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


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    The 2010 IEEE Power & Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition will be held from 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.


    Project Watch
    Wireless Connectivity Wanted in Tennessee
    The City of Johnson City, Tenn., is seeking proposals for wireless connectivity in all areas of Woodland Elementary School including classrooms and common areas, such as media center, auditorium, lunchroom, and any other area deemed necessary by the Johnson City Schools. Project responsibilities include site surveys, wireless security analysis and recommendations, structured cabling, electrical, and equipment recommendations, as well as testing and acceptance and any other associated tasks required for a successful wireless infrastructure implementation. A mandatory site visit will be held at 8:30 a.m. EST on January 25. Deadline for proposals is 10 a.m. EST on February 5. For more information, download project specifications from the Johnson City Web site.


    Electrical Upgrade Services Needed in Michigan
    Farwell Area School District, Farwell, Mich., is requesting proposals for the implementation of energy-efficiency improvements. The scope of the program will include equipment replacement, repair, modernization, or preventative maintenance, and related support and training programs. Proposals are due at 4 p.m. EST on February 10. For more information, visit the Michican Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Winter Park, Fla.-based Palmer Electric Co. won three Excellence in Construction awards in the annual competition sponsored by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders & Contractors. In the Commercial $1 to $5 million category, the Palmer Electric team took home an Eagle award, the top honor presented in each category, for wiring the 30-story Dynetech Centre mixed-use building in Orlando. An Eagle award was presented to Palmer Electric in the Hospitals/Health Care $1 to $5 million category for work on the Orlando Lutheran Towers, a seven-story assisted-living facility. Palmer Electric was also honored with an Award of Merit in the Interior Alteration under $1 million category for the two-story, 40,000-square-foot interior tenant buildout for the Dynetech Corp. headquarters in the Dynetech Centre

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


    Top Construction Economist Says Story on Stimulus-Funded Highway Work "Flawed"
    Ken Simonson, chief economist for the Associated General Contractors of America, recently issued a statement in response to an Associated Press story exploring the impact of stimulus-funded highway projects on overall construction employment.

    To read the statement, visit the EC&M Web site.


    DOE Awards $47 Million to IT and Communications Sectors
    Energy Secretary Steven Chu recently announced that the Department of Energy (DOE) is awarding $47 million for 14 projects across the country to support the development of new technologies that can improve energy efficiency in the information technology (IT) and communication technology sectors.

    To read more about the funding for these projects, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Further Decline in Nonresidential Construction Activity Expected in 2010
    According to the American Institute of Architects’ (AIA) semi-annual Consensus Construction Forecast, nonresidential construction spending is expected to decrease by 13.4% percent in 2010 with a slight increase of 1.8% in 2011 in inflation-adjusted terms. Commercial and industrial projects will continue to experience the most significant decrease in activity. Institutional building categories will fare better over this period thanks, in part, to federal stimulus spending.

    To read more about the nonresidential construction spending forecast, visit the EC&M Web site.


    AWEA Identifies Wind Power Trends to Watch for in 2010
    As the nation enters a new year, renewable energy could play a key role in the economic and energy issues that dominate the political agenda. The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), a Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes wind power growth through advocacy, communication, and education, has identified some trends and indicators to watch.

    To read about these trends, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    Electrical Problems Cause $6 Million in Damages to Massachusetts Apartment Building
    Local and state fire officials blame an electrical malfunction for a recent six-alarm fire that caused $6 million in damage to a 60-unit residential building in Malden, Mass. "Investigators found that an electrical event was the only source of ignition," the state fire marshal's office wrote in a release. No one was seriously injured in the blaze, which took three hours to contain, but Malden Fire Chief Michael Murphy said a sprinkler system would have limited the damage done to the 80-year-old brick building.


    Shows & Events
    Transformations in Lighting
    Transformations in Lighting: 2010 U.S. Department of Energy Solid-State Lighting R&D Workshop will take place from February 2-4 in Raleigh, N.C. Plenary sessions will share insights on critical issues related to efficacy, lifetime, and reliability. LED track sessions will explore new ideas for tough technical challenges, looking beyond present LED architectures, exploring alternate substrates, and examining high-risk, high-reward strategies. OLED track sessions will look at what limits OLED efficacy, and critical tradeoffs between lifetime, cost, and brightness. For more information and to register, visit the DOE Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Solid-State Lighting Web site.


    PowerTest 2010
    PowerTest 2010: Electrical Maintenance and Safety Conference is scheduled to be held February 15-18 in Long Beach, Calif. Topics for this year's event include safety, equipment, reliability, renewable energy, circuit breakers, and relays. For more information and to register, visit the PowerTest Web site.





    Electric West 2010

    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 site.

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