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March 26, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 6



CONTENTS
Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!

Top 40 Design Firms

EPA and DOE Announce New Steps to Strengthen Energy Star

Governors' Coalition Releases Recommendations for Wind Energy

Construction Materials Price Index Rises 0.1% in February

EPA Issues Second Annual Ranking of U.S. Cities with the Most Energy-Efficient Buildings

Electrical Contract in Ohio

Highway Lighting Installation and Maintenance in Florida

Business Brief

California Construction Employment and Spending Will Take Years to Return to Pre-Bust Levels

Western Region is Hotbed of Health Care Construction

Faith Technologies Surpasses Three Million Hours Worked With No Lost-Time Accidents

2010 IEEE/IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference

Lightfair International 2010


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    Editor's Note
    Cast Your Vote for the EC&M Product of the Year!
    Would you like to help pick the prestigious EC&M Product of the Year winner and qualify for a chance to win $100? If you're an EC&M subscriber, make your vote count by visiting the 2010 EC&M Product of the Year category winners list. To review the products, click on the links for each of the 33 category winners to read a brief description and view a photo. Once you're finished with your review, visit the polling page, enter your contact information, choose your favorite product from the drop-down menu, and click submit.

    Your selection will help us identify the 2010 EC&M Product of the Year Platinum, Gold, and Silver award winners. As an added incentive, three lucky voters will be randomly selected to receive a $100 gift check.

    The voting poll will remain open through 5 p.m. on June 18. Please, only one vote per EC&M subscriber. Any votes received from manufacturers, PR firms, or non-EC&M readers will be discarded.


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    AEMC®'s Models 670 and 675 are true RMS clamp-on meters that provide RMS measurements for today's non-linear electrical environments. These meters are designed to measure and display amps and volts at the same time. They are also auto-ranging and provide the best measurement range and resolution for troubleshooting. They are sized for comfortable, one-handed operation. The tapered and hooked jaw design facilitates maneuvering in crowded wiring and breaker panels, making it easy to select conductors.
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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Top 40 Design Firms
    Based on results of a proprietary EC&M survey, the May cover story will chronicle the successes and challenges the Top 40 electrical design firms experienced throughout 2009. The report will reveal the strategies of the top players with the highest sales and highlight particular accomplishments. In addition, the article will track active markets, the credit climate, and the effects of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

    If your electrical design firm has what it takes to make the Top 40 list (the cutoff for electrical design revenue for last year was $2.1 million) and would like to participate, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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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 world.
    For more information go to www.ieeet-d.org.


    Around the Circuit
    EPA and DOE Announce New Steps to Strengthen Energy Star
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently outlined a series of steps to further strengthen the trusted Energy Star program. In addition to third-party testing already underway, EPA and DOE have launched a new two-step process to expand testing of Energy Star-qualified products. DOE began testing of some of the most commonly used appliances, which account for more than 25% of a household’s energy bill, and both agencies are now developing a system to test all products that earn the Energy Star label. The steps are part of an overall effort by the Obama Administration to improve the energy efficiency of homes and appliances to save families money.

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


    Governors' Coalition Releases Recommendations for Wind Energy
    The Governors' Wind Energy Coalition recently released "Great Expectations: U.S. Wind Energy Development, the Governors' Wind Energy Coalition's 2010 Recommendations."

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


    Construction Materials Price Index Rises 0.1% in February
    Construction materials price inflation continues to increase faster than overall inflation although inflation weakened in both indexes in February, according to Jim Haughey, chief economist for Norcross, Ga.-based Reed Construction Data. The economy-wide Producer Price Index fell 0.6%, almost entirely due to a drop in oil prices. The materials price index rose 0.1%. A 10% drop in diesel prices and an 8% fall in non-ferrous metal prices, the only significant price declines in February, almost completely offset sharp rises in asphalt, lumber, and plywood prices and smaller increases in most metal and concrete product prices. The drop in diesel prices will be reversed in March because diesel prices have already increased $0.18/gal. between the February and March price survey weeks, says Haughey.

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


    EPA Issues Second Annual Ranking of U.S. Cities with the Most Energy-Efficient Buildings
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a list of U.S. metropolitan areas with the largest number of energy-efficient buildings that earned EPA's Energy Star in 2009. The list is headed by Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; San Francisco; Denver; Chicago; Houston; Lakeland, Fla.; Dallas-Fort Worth; Atlanta; and New York.

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


    Project Watch
    Electrical Contract in Ohio
    The Board of Education for Cleveland Heights-University Heights City School District, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, is soliciting bids for the $6,500 electrical contract on its Cleveland Heights High School north entry upgrade project. A pre-bid conference will be held at 3:30 p.m. EST on Tuesday, April 6. Bids are due at 2 p.m. EST on April 14. For more information, visit Cleveland.com.


    Highway Lighting Installation and Maintenance in Florida
    The Florida Department of Transportation, Tallahassee, Fla., is seeking bids for an $85,000 navigational lighting system installation contract and a $100,000 highway lighting maintenance contract. Bids will be received by Florida's Turnpike Enterprise, a division of the Florida Department of Transportation, until 2:30 p.m. EST on April 20. For more information, visit the department's Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Bloom Energy recently announced the Bloom Energy Server, a power-plant-in-a-box for large enterprises. Bloom touted its fuel-cell technology as a cheap, reliable source of electricity, with a much more stable source of electricity than solar, wind, or geothermal power.

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


    California Construction Employment and Spending Will Take Years to Return to Pre-Bust Levels
    California's construction industry will build fewer projects and employ fewer people compared to its mid-decade peak through at least 2015, a leading business economist recently told staff of the state's Air Resources Board. As a result, the financially hard-pressed industry will generate fewer emissions for at least the same period, giving California time to revise its emissions standards for off-road diesel equipment and still meet and exceed its environmental goals, construction officials explained.

    To read more about California's construction employment and spending, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Western Region is Hotbed of Health Care Construction
    More than half of architecture and engineering firms see the West Coast as the action market for health care construction in 2010 reveals a recent ZweigWhite survey, whose results are being published in the company's quarterly "Market Advisor" report.

    To read more about West Coast's health care market, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    Faith Technologies Surpasses Three Million Hours Worked With No Lost-Time Accidents
    Menasha, Wis.-based Faith Technologies, a full-service electrical and specialty systems contractor with 15 locations in five states including Georgia, Oklahoma, Kansas, Missouri, and Wisconsin, has surpassed three million hours worked without a lost-time accident. With nearly 1,500 employees, Faith Technologies has continued to work since December 28, 2008, without a lost-time incident. This includes completing more than 19,000 projects throughout five states.

    "This is a rare accomplishment that many companies strive to reach, but few achieve," says Ted Sommer, director of safety at Faith Technologies. "After surpassing two million hours with no lost-time accidents last October, we challenged employees to continue to work each day safely so that we could reach the next milestone."


    Shows & Events
    2010 IEEE/IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference
    The 2010 IEEE/IAS Industrial and Commercial Power Systems Technical Conference is scheduled for May 9-13 in Tallahassee, Fla. Technical paper sessions include "Ground Fault Location Testing of a Noise Pattern based Approach on an Ungrounded DC System," "Reliability of Example Data Center Designs Selected by Tier Classification, "Methods for Limiting Arc Flash Hazards While Maintaining System Selectivity," and "Considerations in Modeling and Applications of Three Winding Transformers in Industrial and Commercial Facilities." For more information and to register, visit the conference's Web site.


    Lightfair International 2010
    The Lightfair International 2010 Tradeshow and Conference will be held from May 12-14 in Las Vegas. Tracks for conference speakers include lighting design, professional development, building integration, sustainability, and technologies. For more information and to register, visit the Lightfair Web site.


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