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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 email@example.com. Your
comments could be included in the article.
The Simple Logger® II Model ML912
Simple Logger® II Model ML912 is a two-channel AC current
recording device that includes two flexible current measuring sensors.
It incorporates two selectable measurement ranges of 0.5A to 100A and 5A
to 1000A. Line tracking is performed such that 64 samples over one line
cycle are taken. The main advantage is its ability to perform a variety
of recording tasks with easy setup and data analysis from a computer
using DataView® software.
Around the Circuit
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.
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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
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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
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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.
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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
For more information go to www.ieeet-d.org.
Electrical Work in
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
Lighting Retrofit in
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.
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,
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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
To read more about this analysis, visit the EC&M Web
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
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.
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- Analysis of 2011 NEC Changes
- Understanding Important NEC Requirements
- Dwelling Calculations
- Advanced NEC Calculations
- Grounding vs. Bonding
- Swimming Pools and Similar Installations
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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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