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the New Dual-Display Clamp-On Meters Models 670 and
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
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
EPA Issues Second
Annual Ranking of U.S. Cities with the Most Energy-Efficient
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
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.
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
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.
Construction Employment and Spending Will Take Years to Return to
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
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.
more about West Coast's health care market, visit the EC&M Web
Eye on Safety
Technologies Surpasses Three Million Hours Worked With No Lost-Time
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
"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
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
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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