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February 26, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 4



CONTENTS
Troubles with BIM?

January Construction Starts Experience Increase

Electrical Contractors Win Projects with VA and Corps of Engineers

General Performance Standards for Commercial Wind Turbines Gaining Momentum in Maryland

NECA Supports Legislation to Curtail Worker Misclassification

Electrical Wiring for Scoreboard in Massachusetts

Generator inspection and Testing in Alaska

Business Brief

Constellation Energy Announces $90 Million Solar Capital Commitment

Report Says 2,000+ Microgrids to be Deployed by 2015

New Jersey Adopts New Solar Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards

Navy Investigates Electrocution Aboard Carrier

2010 WEEC

Electric West 2010

2010 Upper Midwest Electrical Expo


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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Troubles with BIM?
    Building Information Modeling (BIM) and integrated project delivery (IDP) have been touted by proponents as the future of design and construction. For the March cover story, EC&M will explore the difficulties of adopting both the technology and sociology associated with BIM. If you found BIM's learning curve (or price tag) too steep or experienced difficulties working in the supposedly more collaborative environment of IDP, 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
    January Construction Starts Experience Increase
    Reed Construction Data (RCD), Norcross, Ga., recently announced that the value of construction starts in January 2010, excluding residential contracts, totaled $24.1 billion, 20.1% more than in January 2009. January 2010 starts were 6.3% higher than December 2009 starts. Both months suffered from unseasonably poor construction weather which likely depressed starts as well as causing a large pickup in construction layoffs, according to Jim Haughey, chief economist for RCD, who notes that the poor construction weather has continued through mid-February. January starts were 30% higher than the monthly average in the first half of 2009.

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


    Electrical Contractors Win Projects with VA and Corps of Engineers
    There continues to be a steady flow of contract awards for electrical contractors for construction projects at government facilities funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), according to Electrical Marketing. As has been the case for much of the past year, the bulk of the contract awards for electrical contractors published at www.fbo.gov have been with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and other branches of the military.

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


    General Performance Standards for Commercial Wind Turbines Gaining Momentum in Maryland
    Maryland State Delegate Wendell Beitzel recently submitted a bill that would require the development of general performance standards for commercial wind turbines across Maryland. According to Beitzel, the bill would require the Public Service Commission and the Department of Natural Resources to jointly develop standards to regulate tower height, number and size of blades, rotor diameter, noise, lighting on and near turbines, and setbacks.

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


    NECA Supports Legislation to Curtail Worker Misclassification
    In December, Sen. John Kerry introduced the Taxpayer Responsibility, Accountability, and Consistency Act. The legislation seeks to amend the Internal Revenue Code to require businesses to report to the IRS all payments of $600 or more made to corporate providers of property and services, set forth criteria and rules relating to the treatment of workers as employees or independent contractors, and increase penalties for failure to file correct tax return information or comply with other information reporting requirements. In addition, the legislation would require the Secretary of the Treasury to issue an annual report on worker misclassification. The National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA), Bethesda, Md., supports this effort and is seeking co-sponsors for the Kerry legislation.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Wiring for Scoreboard in Massachusetts
    Building a Better Brockton, Inc., Brockton, Mass., is accepting bids from qualified professionals for running electrical wiring for a scoreboard for a restored athletic field in the City of Brockton. Parties interested in providing bids should contact Paul Morrison, program manager, Building a Better Brockton, Inc. at (508) 586-0021 before March 5. For more information, visit the Massachusetts Public Notices Web site.


    Generator inspection and Testing in Alaska
    Chugach Electric Association, Inc., Anchorage, Alaska, is soliciting proposals for the electrical testing and inspection of two electric generators: an Electric Machinery Mfg. Co. brand 85MVA hydrogen-cooled synchronous generator at its Beluga facility and a General Electric 29.6MVA air-cooled generator at its Bernice Lake facility. In addition, it is also requesting time and material rate sheets for cleaning the rotor and stator of the machine and a listing on repairing various generator problems including: re-wedging, individual bar replacement, and complete rewinds. Sealed proposals are due at 4 p.m. AST on March 8. For more information, visit the Anchorage Daily News Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Paris-based Areva, has just taken its first step into the solar market with the acquisition of Mountain View, Calif.-based Ausra. Combining Ausra's proven technology and Areva's engineering, procurement, and construction skills, the group is committed to building the most cost-effective concentrated solar panel plants for utilities, independent power producers, and industrial customers around the world.

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


    Constellation Energy Announces $90 Million Solar Capital Commitment
    Constellation Energy, Baltimore, recently announced it will support the development of commercial photovoltaic (PV) power systems with a $90 million solar capital commitment. To maximize the value of government renewable incentives, the $90 million set-aside will be available for customer-sited solar installations of 500kW or larger that begin construction before mid-year 2010.

    To read more about the $90 million capital commitment, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Report Says 2,000+ Microgrids to be Deployed by 2015
    According to a recent report from Pike Research, Boulder, Colo., a variety of trends are converging to create significant growth potential for microgrids, or "islanded" power generation and distribution zones that can operate autonomously from the larger electrical grid, leading the cleantech market intelligence firm to forecast that more than 2,000 sites will be operational worldwide by 2015, up from fewer than 100 in 2010.

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


    New Jersey Adopts New Solar Renewable Energy Portfolio Standards
    New Jersey recently enacted the Solar Energy Advancement and Fair Competition Act, which establishes a 16-year solar renewable energy portfolio standard (solar RPS). This new law requires New Jersey to obtain a significant portion of its electricity from solar generating facilities. The solar RPS initially requires power suppliers and basic generation service providers collectively to provide at least 300GWh of solar electricity generation in the RPS's first year, June 2010 to May 2011. This requirement increases each year until 2026, when the solar RPS will require nearly 5,500GWh of solar generation.

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


    Eye on Safety
    Navy Investigates Electrocution Aboard Carrier
    Navy officials are investigating the apparent electrocution of a chief petty officer working in a machinery space aboard the carrier Ronald Reagan on February 19. Chief Electrician’s Mate (SS/DV) John Conyers, 36, died after he suffered “severe electrical shock while conducting routine electrical work,” Naval Air Forces officials said in a statement. Medical personnel aboard the carrier tried to revive Conyers, who was taken by ambulance to a Coronado, Calif., hospital, where he was pronounced dead, officials said. At the time of the incident, Conyers was working in the auxiliaries room for the ship's number one propulsion system, said Lt. Glenn Sircy, a Naval Air Forces spokesman in Coronado. To read the full story, visit the Navy Times Web site.


    Call for Papers
    2010 WEEC
    The Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) has issued a call for papers and posters for the 2010 World Energy Engineering Congress (WEEC), scheduled for December 8-10 in Washington, D.C. Suggested topics for papers include LEED certification, energy management systems, performance contracting, smart grid, energy auditing, and photovoltaics. Deadline for receipt of one-page abstracts is March 26. For more suggested topics and information, visit the AEE Web site.


    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!


    2010 Upper Midwest Electrical Expo
    North Central Electrical League (NCEL) will present the 2010 Upper Midwest Electrical Expo from April 14-15 in Minneapolis. Topics for technical sessions at this event include NFPA 70E, grounding services, Code calculations, and solar energy systems. For more information, visit the NCEL Web site.


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