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February 12, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 3



CONTENTS
Solar Panel Theft

Construction Industry Continues to Suffer from High Unemployment Levels

Non-Residential Construction Starts Experience Decline in 2009

November Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 16%

IEEE Publishes P1901 Draft Standard for Powerline Communications

Electrical Work in Texas

Lighting Retrofit in New York

Business Brief

Construction Spending Drops to Lowest Level in Six Years

Suit Filed in Turbine Collapse Incident

Electric West 2010

ISC West 2010


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Solar Panel Theft
    As incidents of solar panel theft rise, law enforcement officials and panel manufacturers look for ways to lock down installations. An article in the March issue of EC&M will focus on stories of solar panel theft and the ways some public and commercial enterprises have devised to prevent it. If you have been a victim of solar panel theft or are working on ways to stop it, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com. Your comments could be included in the article.


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    Around the Circuit
    Construction Industry Continues to Suffer from High Unemployment Levels
    Overall U.S. job growth continued to be undermined by the severe downturn affecting the construction industry as another 75,000 construction workers lost their jobs in January and the industry's unemployment rate jumped to 24.7%, according to federal employment figures released recently by the Bureau of Labor Statistics and analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America.

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


    Non-Residential Construction Starts Experience Decline in 2009
    Non-residential construction starts fell 8.2% in December, compared to the previous year, and 6.9% for all of 2009, compared to 2008, according to Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga. Building construction declined 27% for December and 17% for 2009, in a year-over-year comparison.

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


    November Manufacturing Technology Consumption up 16%
    November U.S. manufacturing technology consumption totaled $178.83 million, according to the American Machine Tool Distributors' Association (AMTDA), Rockville, Md., and the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT), McLean, Va. This total, as reported by companies participating in the U.S. Manufacturing Technology Consumption (USMTC) program, was up 16% from October but down 16.2% from the total of $213.50 million reported for November 2008. With a year-to-date total of $1,552.53 million, 2009 is down 63.4% compared with 2008.

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


    IEEE Publishes P1901 Draft Standard for Powerline Communications
    IEEE recently published the P1901 Draft Standard for powerline communications (PLC). The standard, which covers both medium access control and physical layer, targets all major applications for PLC devices, including in-home networks for data, audio and video distribution; smart energy and smart grid; plug-in electrical vehicles; and audio/video distribution.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Work in Texas
    Gilbane Building Co., Providence, R.I., is requesting bids from trade contractors for the construction of the new Tarrant County Jail, Fort Worth, Texas, and upgrades to the Tarrant County Corrections Center's fire alarm and security systems. Bids are requested for detention equipment and security system and electrical and fire alarm systems. Two pre-bid conferences will be held, each covering the same information. The conferences will be conducted at Tarrant County Public Health on February 16 at 1 p.m. CST and February 17 at 9 a.m. CST. Bids will be received at the offices of Gilbane Building Co. in Grapevine, Texas, by 2 p.m. CST on March 4. For more information, download a PDF from the Tarrant County Web site.


    Lighting Retrofit in New York
    The New York Department of Education is requesting bids for electrical-efficiency projects. Scope of work includes replacement of luminaires, installation of retrofit lamp kits, replacement of ballasts, and installation of occupancy sensors. A mandatory pre-bid conference will take place at 10 a.m. EST on March 4. Bids are due at 5 p.m. on March 24. For more information, login to the Vendor Portal to download bid B1190.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Irving, Texas-based Shermco Industries, provider of rotating apparatus and electrical power system testing, commissioning, repair, maintenance, and training, recently announced the new construction and expansion of its Austin, Texas, operations. Construction of the 10,000-sq-ft service and training facility is scheduled to be complete by April 2010.

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


    Construction Spending Drops to Lowest Level in Six Years
    Construction employment grew in only four out of 337 metropolitan areas in 2009 as spending on construction projects dropped by $100 billion in December to a 6-yr low of $903 billion, according to a recent analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

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


    Eye on Safety
    Suit Filed in Turbine Collapse Incident
    The parents of a technician who died when a 230-ft wind-turbine tower collapsed in a Sherman County, Ore., wheat field are suing for $7 million. The suit faults the Brande, Denmark-based turbine maker Siemens Wind Power, Klondike Wind Farms III, Wasco, Ore., and owners PPM Energy, Portland, Ore. More on this suit is available from The Oregonian at www.oregonlive.com.


    Shows & Events



    Electric West 2010

    The Electric West Show, to be held March 16-18, 2009 at the Las Vegas Convention Center, 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 & specifying engineers, electricians, and plant facility personnel, the conference program will offer the following NEC seminars, presented by industry experts such as Mike Holt, Keith Lofland, and Edward Gorginian.

    • Analysis of 2011 NEC Changes
    • Understanding Important NEC Requirements
    • Dwelling Calculations
    • Advanced NEC Calculations
    • Grounding vs. Bonding
    • Swimming Pools and Similar Installations
    For more information, visit our Web site, or click here to register.

    FREE Expo Pass -- Click here to receive your complimentary pass to Electric West, a $55 value!
    ISC West 2010
    The International Security Conference & Expo West is scheduled for March 24-26 in Las Vegas. Sessions at ISC Education include: "Network Essentials: How to Effectively Deploy a Network-Centric Physical Security System," "2010 Trends in Secure Identity Solutions: Findings, Analysis and Recommendations," and "Using Technology to Increase Safety and Create Best Practices." For more information and to register, visit the ISC West 2010 Web site.

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