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January 29, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 2



CONTENTS
High-Mast Luminaire Inspections

No Recovery in 2010, Say Contractors in AGC Survey

NEMA's Business Confidence Indexes Post Positive Results to Kick Off 2010

Architecture Billings Index Remains in Negative Territory

Governor Schwarzenegger Announces First-in-the-Nation Statewide Green Building Standards Code

Electrical Repairs in New Mexico

Highway Lighting Renovation in North Carolina

Business Brief

Survey Shows Big Gap between Awareness and Adoption of Green Lighting Technology

Report Forecasts ESCO Business Will Achieve Double-Digit CAGRs

Ontario Power Generation Fined $100,000 in Electrical Accident

ASA Business Forum and Convention

EGSA Spring Convention

Electric West 2010


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    High-Mast Luminaire Inspections
    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, including volts, amps, watts, and harmonics out to the 50th, can be recorded.
    www.aemc.com.


    Around the Circuit
    No Recovery in 2010, Say Contractors in AGC Survey
    Nearly nine-in-ten contractors say there will be no recovery in 2010 as part of the "2010 National Construction Hiring and Business Outlook Forecast" recently released by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. As a result, fewer contractors plan to purchase construction equipment and after a year of near-record industry layoffs, many doubt they’ll be able to hire new staff this year.

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


    NEMA's Business Confidence Indexes Post Positive Results to Kick Off 2010
    The National Electrical Manufacturers Association's (NEMA), Rosslyn, Va., Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions rebounded in January, rising nearly 9 points to 57.1. The index is derived from responses to a survey circulated to senior executives of NEMA member companies. A value above 50 indicates that more respondents reported that the business environment improved from the previous month. The index had fallen below 50 in December for the first time in five months, but this latest reading suggests that the modest improvements in conditions that characterized much of the second half of 2009 have persisted into early 2010.

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


    Architecture Billings Index Remains in Negative Territory
    On the heels of a more than three-point drop in November, the American Institute of Architects' (AIA), Washington, D.C., Architecture Billings Index (ABI) had a negligible increase of less than one point in December. As a leading economic indicator of construction activity, the ABI reflects the approximate nine- to 12-month lag time between architecture billings and construction spending. AIA reported the December ABI rating was 43.4, up slightly from 42.8 in November. This score indicates a continued decline in demand for design services (any score above 50 indicates an increase in billings). The new projects inquiry score was 55.3, down more than three points.

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


    Governor Schwarzenegger Announces First-in-the-Nation Statewide Green Building Standards Code
    Continuing California's efforts to fight climate change and protect the environment, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger recently announced the California Building Standards Commission (BSC) unanimously adopted the first-in-the-nation mandatory Green Building Standards Code (CALGREEN) requiring all new buildings in the state to be more energy efficient and environmentally responsible. Taking effect Jan. 1, 2011, these comprehensive regulations will achieve major reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, energy consumption, and water use to create a greener California.

    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
    The 2010 IEEE Power & Energy Society Transmission and Distribution Conference and Exposition is scheduled for 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
    Electrical Repairs in New Mexico
    Commissioners for Lea County, N.M., are requesting bids for as-needed electrical repairs and modifications for Lovington and Hobbs municipal buildings, as well as rural community centers or fire departments. The period of service will be one year from date of award. The deadline for bids is 3 p.m. MST on February 9. For more information, visit the Lea County Web site.


    Highway Lighting Renovation in North Carolina
    The North Carolina Department of Transportation (NCDOT) is requesting bids for lighting renovations on I-77 at the intersection of NC 150 (Exit 36) in Mooresville. Sealed bids must be received in the Division Engineer's Office by 10 a.m. on Feb. 23. For more information, visit the NCDOT Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    St. Louis-based Emerson Network Power strengthened its data center infrastructure management portfolio with the recent official announcement of the company's completed acquisition of Avocent Corp. Avocent's technologies provide additional visibility into the data center infrastructure, bolstering Emerson Network Power's infrastructure management capabilities and ultimately giving data center managers better control of energy consumption, IT operations, and costs.

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


    Survey Shows Big Gap between Awareness and Adoption of Green Lighting Technology
    The second annual Sylvania Socket Survey reveals a paradox in Americans' attitudes toward lighting — although 74% have switched to an energy-saving light bulb in the past year, the majority is not aware of the impending federal phase-out of incandescent lamps, starting in 2012 with the 100W bulb.

    To read more survey results, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Report Forecasts ESCO Business Will Achieve Double-Digit CAGRs
    The current commercial building stock of more than 70 billion sq ft provides a fertile market opportunity for U.S. Energy Services Companies (ESCOs), and a recent report from Boulder, Colo.-based Pike Research, “The U.S. Energy Service Company Market,” forecasts that the ESCO business will achieve double-digit compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) over the next several years.

    To read more about this report, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    Ontario Power Generation Fined $100,000 in Electrical Accident
    Ontario Power Generation Inc. (OPG), Toronto, pleaded guilty and was fined $100,000 for a violation under the Occupational Health and Safety Act after a worker was injured after using a bypass key to circumvent the lockout system at the operating station in Atikokan, Canada, on Jan. 15, 2008. A Ministry of Labour investigation found that the key used to bypass the lockout system was available to workers. OPG pleaded guilty to failing to take the reasonable precaution of preventing ready access to the means of circumventing the lockout system.


    Shows & Events
    ASA Business Forum and Convention
    The American Subcontractors Association (ASA) Business Forum and Convention will take place from March 3-7 in San Diego. Workshops at this year's event include "Bid Errors and Protests: What You Need to Know," "Collections Strategies for Specialty Trade Contractors," and "Green Building: Defining Your Role -- and Your Risk." For more information and to register, visit the ASA Web site.


    EGSA Spring Convention
    EGSA's annual Spring Convention is scheduled for March 14-16 in St. Petersburg, Fla. Sessions to be presented include "Recovery: Positive Changes in the Workplace and the Economy," "Demand Response," and "Organizational Development and Market Diversity." For more information and to register, visit the EGSA 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 residential lighting control, surge protection devices, and renewable energy worker certifications. Download a complimentary Expo pass (a $55 value) here. For more information, visit the Electric West 2010 Web site.

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