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June 11, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 11



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

Social Networking and the Electrical Contractor

Construction Unemployment Rate Stays Above 20%

Current Conditions EBCI Slips in May, But Six-Month Outlook Improves Again

Reed Construction Data Publishes White Paper on How to Prepare for the Construction Recovery

Solar Installations Invited to Participate in ASES National Solar Tour

Electrical Installation in New York

Decorative Street Lighting in Queens

Business Brief

Survey Finds Growing Concerns over Data Center Management and Availability

DOE Announces Funding for Core Technology Research and Product Development in SSL

Fire Raises Questions About Solar Panel Safety


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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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    The Model 8335 is a three-phase power quality analyzer that is easy-to-use, compact, and shock resistant. It has direct measurement of four voltage and four current inputs, including neutral voltage and current. It simultaneously captures and records trend, transients, events, and waveforms with 2GB of memory for data storage. Visit: www.aemc.com.


    Coming Up in EC&M
    Social Networking and the Electrical Contractor
    An article in the July issue of EC&M will explore the effects of social media on the marketing plans of electrical contractors. If your electrical contracting company has made inroads into social media — Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn — and you would like to share your experience for possible inclusion in the article, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at (913) 967-1806 or e-mail at beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    Around the Circuit
    Construction Unemployment Rate Stays Above 20%
    Construction employment declined in May as 35,000 workers lost jobs, offsetting most of the increases the industry experienced in March and April, according to a new analysis of federal employment figures by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. The figures show how fragile the sector is despite recent increases in stimulus funding activity, note association officials.

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


    Current Conditions EBCI Slips in May, But Six-Month Outlook Improves Again
    North American business conditions continued to improve on balance in May, though positive sentiment was less widespread than in the previous month, according to Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA). The Electroindustry Business Confidence Index (EBCI) for current North American conditions slipped 3 points to 68.8. Nonetheless, the index remained well above the 50-point level indicative of an environment conducive to electroindustry growth for a fifth straight month.

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


    Reed Construction Data Publishes White Paper on How to Prepare for the Construction Recovery
    Unmistakable signals are now appearing that the economic recovery is sustainable and will soon lead to increasing demand for building space and facility capacity, according to the latest white paper in Reed Construction Data's 2010 Construction Forecast White Paper Series. This has already happened in many housing markets and for some types of non-residential projects in a small but growing number of regional markets. With space and facility completions continuing to slow, the space and capacity surpluses that prevent new project starts will soon be ebbing. Market by market, project type by project type, this turnabout will gradually happen over the next year.

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


    Solar Installations Invited to Participate in ASES National Solar Tour
    Online registration has begun for solar-savvy installers and grassroots organizations interested in showcasing their communities’ solar-powered homes, businesses, and public agencies during the Boulder, Colo.-based non-profit American Solar Energy Society's (ASES) 15th annual National Solar Tour, the world's largest grassroots solar event. Last year, 150,000 people in 49 states and Puerto Rico participated.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Installation in New York
    The New York School Construction Authority, Long Island City, N.Y., is seeking sealed bids for installation of accessibility, electrical, and fire alarm systems. Bids are due at 11 a.m. EST on June 18. For more information, contact Anthony Largie at (718) 752-5842.


    Decorative Street Lighting in Queens
    The Borough of Queens, N.Y., is soliciting bids for the installation of decorative street lighting. Scope of work includes the installation, removal, or relocation of equipment furnished by the city or by the contractor, and other electrical work in connection with decorative street lighting. Bids are due at 11 a.m. on June 24. For additional information, contact Frank Caiazzo at (718) 786-4061.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Seal Beach, Calif.-based Amonix, Inc. recently announced plans to build a $20-million manufacturing plant in the Las Vegas area. The company will employ 278 workers making concentrated photovoltaic (PV) solar equipment, the same type of solar cells that are used to power satellites.

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


    Survey Finds Growing Concerns over Data Center Management and Availability
    Emerson Network Power recently announced the results of its biannual Data Center Users Group (DCUG) survey. The survey results, which include responses from more than 170 data center, facility, and IT managers in North America, revealed growing concern regarding adequate monitoring and data center management capabilities as well as continued concern about data center availability and heat density.

    To read more about the results of the data center survey, visit the EC&M Web site.


    DOE Announces Funding for Core Technology Research and Product Development in SSL
    As part of the ongoing effort to reduce national energy consumption through high-efficiency building technologies, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently announced two solid-state lighting (SSL) funding opportunities. The DOE will select projects to receive up to $25 million to advance research, development, and market adoption of SSL technology. The funding is directed toward two existing DOE SSL research and development program areas for Core Technology Research (up to $15 million) and Product Development (up to $10 million). This will be the seventh round of such funding that has been awarded in recent years. Funding is subject to congressional appropriations.

    To read more about this funding for SSL technology, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    Fire Raises Questions About Solar Panel Safety
    Since July 2008, San Diego County, Calif., has issued more than 1,000 permits for solar installations, according to a recent news story in the North County Times. Almost all of these installations include two switches next to or even inside the inverter box. However, a recent residential fire in the area has experts wondering if this is enough, arguing that there should be a way to cut DC power right on the roof, as close to the panels as possible.

    Read the full story on the North County Times Web site.

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