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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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
AEMC® Introduces the New Dual
Display Clamp-On Meters Models 670 &
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.
Around the Circuit
Labor Market Report May Provide a Spark of Confidence
The recent jobs market report from the U.S. Bureau of
Labor Statistics may provide a much needed spark of confidence for the
U.S. economy, especially its workers and consumers, according to Alex
Carrick, chief economist for Reed Construction Data, Norcross, Ga. While
total employment declined by 54,000 in August over July, the private
sector took on 67,000 more staff members. It was a 121,000 job decline
in employment by government that caused the overall drop in jobs.
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CCCA Commends UL's
Public Notice Disqualifying Non-Compliant Cable
The Communications Cable and Connectivity Association,
Inc. (CCCA), Washington, D.C., recently applauded action by Underwriters
Laboratories (UL), Northbrook, Ill., to stem the flow of non-compliant
communications cable being imported into the North American market. UL
has taken strong actions to maintain the integrity of its UL mark and
cable performance certifications by publicly identifying manufacturers
and their distributors who are supplying substandard and unsafe cable
products into the market. In addition, UL has established further
initiatives to verify the integrity of UL-listed cables through detailed
analytical testing of cable component materials and new marketplace
surveillance. These efforts by UL are, in part, a result of CCCA sharing
information and encouraging each of the two independent
testing/certification agencies to develop stronger measures to assure
compliance to national fire safety codes and telecommunications industry
standards for transmission performance.
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Launches Arizona Goes Solar
The Arizona Corporation Commission, Phoenix, recently
launched Arizona Goes Solar, a website created to be a one-stop shop for
homeowners and business owners who wish to learn more about
opportunities to adopt solar technology and about solar projects already
installed in the state. The site will contain information on incentives
that are available for customers, incentives that have already been
provided, information about Arizona's renewable energy standard, and
other commission efforts to advance the use of renewable energy.
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USDA Provides Grants
for Rural Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the
availability of funding under the Rural Energy for America Program
(REAP) to conduct feasibility studies for renewable energy systems for
agriculture producers and rural small businesses. "Renewable energy
production represents a promising revenue source for America's producers
while meeting the nation's need for new sources of renewable energy,"
Vilsack said. "These grants will help encourage the development of
viable renewable energy projects across the nation and help small
business owners, farmers, ranchers, and agriculture producers conduct
feasibility studies that identify renewable energy opportunities."
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Marketing, Business, Training, and Product Resources
Schneider Electric Advantage portal gives you 24/7 access to free online
marketing, business, and training resources developed exclusively for
electrical contractors. One website provides access to Square D, Juno
Lighting, and APC products, services, and support, which help you
deliver integrated solutions to your customers.
Register today at
the Schneider Electric Advantage website and enter
Construction in Texas
The Dallas County Park Cities Municipal Utility District
is soliciting proposals for the electrical package associated with its
Water Treatment Plant Membrane Facility and Improvements project. Bid
due date is 2 p.m. CST on September 15. Sealed bids will be received at
the Water Treatment Plant Administration Building. For more information,
call (214) 819-9505.
Installations in Arizona
Arizona Public Service Co. is seeking proposals for
solar electric systems for five high-profile government and non-profit
organizations. Each location, which requires its own individual
proposal, will be fitted with a 10kW to 30kW photovoltaic (PV) system.
Proposal submissions are due by 12 p.m. MST on September 27. Additional
information, including the locations for the projects, is available
online at aps.com/rfp.
Houston-based Integrated Electrical Services (IES) has
been awarded a contract from Alliance Construction Solutions, Cheyenne,
Wyo., to upgrade the electrical systems at Cheyenne Regional Medical
Center. IES will install incoming electrical services, generators, and
emergency equipment to enhance normal power service and upgrade the
medical center's existing emergency power systems. The project is
expected to be completed in November 2011.
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Companies Make the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Private
Several leading firms in the energy industry recently
earned a spot on Inc. magazine’s prestigious 2010 Inc. 500
list, including Standard Solar, Global Wedge, GreenLogic, Vycon, Mercury
Solar Systems, Cenergy, linkAlteris Renewables, and Rising Sun. Unveiled
in the September issue of Inc., the Inc. 500 is a compilation of
the most entrepreneurial and fastest-growing private companies in
To read more about the companies on the list, visit the
Penn State Receives
More Than $129 Million to Lead Energy Team
Penn State researchers will receive $129 million over
the next five years from several federal sources, including the
Department of Energy (DOE), and an additional $30 million from
Pennsylvania to develop ways to make buildings more energy efficient.
To read more about the funds going to Penn State, visit the
Surges in Second Quarter of 2010
NEMA's Motors Shipments Index (MSI) rose 7.8% during the
second quarter of 2010. On a year-over-year basis, the index registered
a 16.1% rate of growth but remains approximately 16% below its
To read more about NEMA's MSI, visit the EC&M website.
Discover New Solar Energy Conversion Process
A new process discovered and proven by Stanford
engineers simultaneously combines the light and heat of solar radiation
to generate electricity, potentially offering more than double the
efficiency of existing solar cell technology.
To read more about this
technology, visit the EC&M website.
Construction Spending Post Small Gain in June
Total construction spending eked out a slight rise in
June as gains in stimulus-aided public categories offset decreases in
homebuilding and private non-residential spending, according to the
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) in a recent analysis of
new Census Bureau data.
For more information on construction spending
and the stimulus, visit the EC&M website.
Eye on Safety
in Minnesota Electrical Designer's Death
An investigation is underway into a worksite accident
that took the life of a longtime Minnesota Power employee, according to
a recent article in the Duluth News Tribune. On September 3, Kyle
Damberg, 47, was found unresponsive at a maintenance building under
construction north of the company’s Taconite Harbor Energy Center in
Schroeder, Minn. While the circumstances surrounding Damberg’s death
weren’t being released at the time of the article's publication,
Minnesota Power called it a "tragic worksite accident," and is working
with the Cook County Sheriff's Department and awaiting the official
cause of death determination.
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Shows & Events
IAS Annual Meeting
The 45th annual IEEE/Industrial Applications Society
(IAS) Meeting will take place from October 3-7 in Houston. Topics for
technical sessions include renewable energy systems, power system
engineering, and electric discharges. For more information and to
register, visit the IEEE website.
Solar Power International is scheduled for October 12-14
in Los Angeles. Conference sessions include "Solar and the Smart Grid,"
"Inverter Debate: All the Pros and Cons," and "Latest Developments in
Fire Prevention and Mitigation for PV Modules and Systems." For more
information and to register, visit the Solar Power International website.
Conferences Are Coming
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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