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Caused by Problem Drywall
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently
issued interim remediation guidance to help homeowners struggling to rid
their properties of problem drywall linked to corrosion of electrical
components in their homes. If your electrical contracting firm has
repaired corrosion caused by problem drywall and would like to share
that experience for possible inclusion in an article in the October
issue of EC&M, contact Staff Writer Beck Ireland by phone at
(913) 967-1806 or e-mail at email@example.com.
AEMC®'s Model 1045 1,000V Digital/Analog
AEMC®'s Model 1045 megohmmeter is
a handheld 1,000V digital/analog megohmmeter. It provides insulation
measurements to 2,000MΩ (2GΩ). It has an automatic discharge
feature for operator safety and a large LCD back-lit display. It is
designed to measure insulation resistance, continuity, resistance and
voltage. The Model 1045 is used to verify the safety state of electrical
installations, motors, cables, and other insulated products.
Around the Circuit
Construction Employment Decreases in Majority of Metropolitan Areas in
Construction employment dropped in 285 out of 337
metropolitan areas between June 2009 and June 2010, according to a new
analysis of federal employment data released recently by the Associated
General Contractors of America (AGC). The employment figures demonstrate
how weak overall demand for construction is outpacing the benefits of
the stimulus' $135 billion in construction-related investments,
association officials note.
To read more on this story, visit
First Graduates of Data Center Energy Practitioners Program
The U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Industrial
Technologies Program (ITP) recently announced the first group of
participants who have completed the Data Center Energy Practitioner
(DCEP) training program. The goal of the program is to train diverse
professionals who will become energy experts with the experience to
conduct energy assessments for data centers, a growing and
energy-intensive industry. Significant knowledge, training, and skills
are required to perform accurate energy assessments in data centers, and
the DCEP program was designed and implemented in close coordination with
industry stakeholders to train a core group of professional energy
practitioners to help data centers reduce their energy demands and
accelerate energy savings.
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TEP Urges Solar
Rebates Be Reduced
Tucson Electric Power Co. (TEP) has requested state
regulators for lower subsidies for residential customers who install
solar arrays. According to the utility, it is running out of funding for
the rebates amid a surge in demand. Nearly 1,100 local homeowners have
reserved TEP's SunShare rebates for solar photovoltaic (PV) systems this
year, as reported in a recent article by the Arizona Daily Star,
surpassing the total number of residential solar power systems completed
over the previous nine years combined.
To read more on this story,
visit EC&M's website.
Commercial Enterprises to Use Lighting Rebate Program
A comprehensive cash-for-clunker-lighting program
already exists, says the National Lighting Bureau (NLB), but far too few
commercial-lighting decision-makers are using it. According to NLB
President Howard P. Lewis, by qualifying for the Commercial Building Tax
Deduction (CBTD), commercial-lighting-system owners can derive a tax
benefit to help offset the cost of a new lighting system or
lighting-system improvement, up to $0.60/sq ft.
To read more on this
story, visit EC&M's website.
Services in Alabama
The City of Huntsville, Ala., is seeking bids for
electrical services. The deadline for bids is 2 p.m. CST on August 17.
For more information, visit the city's eBids website.
Maintenance and Repair in California
The City of Anaheim is soliciting bids for high-voltage
electrical maintenance and repair at a substation. A mandatory jobwalk
is scheduled for 10 a.m. PST on August 18. Bids are due at 2 p.m. PST on
September 8. For more information, you may download the bid information
from the city's website.
Falcon Electric moved into a new facility in Irwindale,
Calif. The new facility was built with energy-saving techniques,
including the installation of skylights and water-saving appliances, as
well as more efficient lighting, heating, and cooling systems.
more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.
Regulatory Authority to Create Strong Market for Electrical Vehicle
The California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC)
recently concluded that companies that sell electric vehicle charging
services to the public will not be regulated as “public utilities”
pursuant to the Public Utilities Code.
To read more about this ruling,
visit the EC&M website.
New Labels for Light
Bulb Packaging in 2011
According to the Federal Trade Commission (FTC),
starting in mid-2011, consumers shopping for light bulbs will notice new
labeling on packaging designed to help them choose among the different
types of bulbs on the market — traditional incandescent bulbs,
newer high-efficiency compact fluorescent (CFL), and light-emitting
diode (LED) bulbs. The new labels will enable consumers to save money by
selecting the most efficient bulbs that best fit their lighting
To read more about light bulb labeling, visit the EC&M
T12 Ballasts Exit the Market
Beginning in 2005, efficiency standards set by the
Department of Energy regulations were phased into effect, covering
magnetic ballasts designed to operate full-wattage F40T12, F96T12, and
F96T12HO lamps. Last month, these efficiency standards entered their
final phase, all but eliminating magnetic T12 ballasts from the market.
A few recognized exceptions are being made, however.
information on T12 phase-out, visit the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
Electronic Circuit for 2009 Metro Crash
At a recent hearing, the National Transportation Safety
Board (NTSB) cited a failure to employ a system-wide circuit test as the
cause for a June 2009 Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's
(Metro) train crash that killed eight passengers and a train operator.
Federal investigators reported that the collision occurred because
Metro's automatic signal system failed to detect a circuit failure in
the track-based system designed to maintain the trains at a safe
distance from one another.
The NTSB also said the transit agency
failed to replace or retrofit the type of older model rail cars involved
in the accident after their crash-worthiness was questioned following
previous accidents. This, investigators said, contributed to the number
of fatalities and to the severity of injuries. NSTB blamed the metro's
overall "anemic safety culture" for the failure to prevent the crash.
Call for Papers
Lightfair International is accepting submittals for
speakers for Lightfair International 2011, scheduled for May 15-19 in
Philadelphia. Suggested topics include lighting project management,
lighting design in BIM, digital lighting controls, and electrical basics
for designers of lighting. The deadline for submittals is September 13.
For more information, download the call for speakers pdf.
Shows & Events
IES Street & Area
The Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) presents its
29th annual Street and Area Lighting Conference from September 26-29 in
Huntington Beach, Calif. Course topics to be presented at this year's
event include energy efficiency, LED specification and design
fundamentals, street light outage tracking system, and light level
calculations and photometric studies. For more information and to
register, visit the IES website.
Code Change Conferences Are
The 2011 NEC is coming. Will you be ready for the
changes? By attending one of EC&M's Code Change Conferences,
presented by NEC expert Mike Holt and sponsored by EC&M University, you'll
learn everything you need to know about major NEC changes that will
impact your work, whether you're an electrician, electrical engineer,
electrical designer, plant/facility electrical maintenance person, or
electrical inspector. Check out the following conferences for a location
and time that's right for you.
- Atlanta October 11-12, 2010, Crowne Plaza Atlanta Airport
- St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside
- Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
- Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference
- Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City
- Boston December 6-7, Venue to be determined
- Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando
If you're a registered professional engineer and attend one of the
2011 NEC Code Change Conferences, you'll be granted professional
development hours (PDHs), a requirement for re-licensing. The program is
also certified as an approved provider of Code Update training by those
states requiring continuing education hours for re-licensing of
journeymen, master electricians, and electrical contractors.
Register now to
attend one of the these events. For more details on the conferences and
a full program, visit EC&M's website.
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