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September 10, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 17



CONTENTS
Repairing Corrosion Caused by Problem Drywall

August's U.S. Labor Market Report May Provide a Spark of Confidence

CCCA Commends UL's Public Notice Disqualifying Non-Compliant Cable

Commission Launches Arizona Goes Solar

USDA Provides Grants for Rural Renewable Energy Feasibility Studies

Electrical Construction in Texas

Solar Installations in Arizona

Business Brief

Energy Industry Companies Make the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Private Corporations

Penn State Receives More Than $129 Million to Lead Energy Team

Motors Index Surges in Second Quarter of 2010

Stanford Engineers Discover New Solar Energy Conversion Process

Stimulus Helps Construction Spending Post Small Gain in June

Investigation Begins in Minnesota Electrical Designer's Death

IAS Annual Meeting

Solar Power International

Code Change Conferences Are Coming


 
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    Coming Up in EC&M
    Repairing Corrosion 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 beck.ireland@penton.com.


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    AEMC® Introduces the New Dual Display Clamp-On Meters Models 670 & 675
    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.
    Visit: www.aemc.com.


    Around the Circuit
    August's U.S. 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.

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


    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.

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


    Commission 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.

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


    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."

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical 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.


    Solar 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.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    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.

    For more Business Briefs, visit the EC&M website.


    Energy Industry Companies Make the Inc. 500 List of America's Fastest Growing Private Corporations
    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 America.

    To read more about the companies on the list, visit the EC&M website.


    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 EC&M website.


    Motors Index 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 peak.

    To read more about NEMA's MSI, visit the EC&M website.


    Stanford Engineers 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.


    Stimulus Helps 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
    Investigation Begins 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.

    To read the full story, visit the newspaper's website.


    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
    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.


    Code Change 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 Hotel
    • St. Louis October 18-19, Sheraton Westport Hotel Lakeside Chalet
    • Chicago November 1-2, Hyatt Regency Rosemont
    • Seattle November 8-9, Hilton Seattle Airport & Conference Center
    • Philadelphia November 29-30, Hilton Philadelphia City Avenue
    • Boston December 6-7, Venue to be determined
    • Orlando December 13-14, Hyatt Regency Orlando Airport

    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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