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May 28, 2010 A Penton Media Publication Vol. IX, No. 10



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

Social Networking and the Electrical Contractor

Materials Costs Rise and Prices for Construction Services Decline

Data Centers Experience Growth Despite Recession

NEMA Publishes White Paper on Metal Halide Lighting Systems

UL Warns of EMT with Inadequate Corrosion Protection

Electrical Repair and Maintenance in California

Security Controls Upgrade in Idaho

Business Brief

Lutron Electronics Donates Company History to Smithsonian

NEMA Lighting Systems Index Rises Again

DOE Launches New Version of Commercial Lighting Solutions Web Tool

Smart Meters: U.S. RF-Mesh Market Surging; PLC Shipments Forecast for Europe and Asia

New York Wind Turbine Certification Requirement Set in Motion by 2009 Turbine Collapse


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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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    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
    Materials Costs Rise and Prices for Construction Services Decline
    Construction contractors continue to be squeezed between rising materials costs and falling output prices, according to a new analysis of materials costs conducted by Arlington, Va.-based Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). The association notes that even as the producer price index leapt in April for key construction components, the amount contractors charge for construction services remains depressed.

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


    Data Centers Experience Growth Despite Recession
    Attendees at the BICSI Winter Conference held January 17-21 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Conference Center in Orlando, Fla., recognized that IT budgets may be stagnant, but the recession hasn't slowed the growth of data center storage facilities. Fueled by applications such as Internet protocol (IP) TV, audio file-sharing, Internet gaming, and mobile broadband, the storage capacity of many data centers is rapidly reaching saturation. In fact, San Jose, Calif.-based Cisco predicts the volume of IP traffic will quintuple between 2008 and 2013. Faced with this challenge, data center managers are planning solutions that include more bandwidth, more servers, and more storage — all at faster speeds.

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


    NEMA Publishes White Paper on Metal-Halide Lighting Systems
    Rosslyn, Va.-based National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) has published LSD 54-2010, "The Strengths and Potentials of Metal-Halide Lighting Systems." This new white paper, developed by the NEMA Lamp Section, reviews the beneficial characteristics of metal-halide high-intensity discharge (HID) lighting, including high energy efficiency and viability in outdoor and other lighting applications. The paper argues for the inclusion of HID lamps in Energy Star requirements and for allocations of federal funding to help propel further research and development.

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


    UL Warns of EMT with Inadequate Corrosion Protection
    Northbrook, Ill.-based Underwriters Laboratories (UL) is notifying authorities having jurisdiction (AHJs), electrical contractors, electricians, and retailers that the electrical metallic tubing (EMT) products manufactured by Guangdong Walsall Steel Pipe Industrial Co. may not be adequately protected against corrosion. Although these products display a UL listing mark for the United States and Canada, products purchased at retailers and distributors were found not to comply with U.S. or Canadian safety standards and are not authorized to bear the UL mark.

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


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    Project Watch
    Electrical Repair and Maintenance in California
    The Public Works Department of the County of San Diego is seeking bids for the maintenance and service of electrical systems at various locations. The deadline to submit ends at 5 p.m. PST on June 16. For more information, visit the county's Web site and register.


    Security Controls Upgrade in Idaho
    The Twin Falls County Commissioner, Twin Falls, Idaho, is requesting bids for a master control operating system for the security system at the Snake River Juvenile Detention Center. Scope of work includes complete retrofit of the control center and adjacent work areas, including replacement and integration of independent security elements. Bids are due at 5 p.m. MDT on June 25. For more information, visit the county's Web site.


    Web Exclusives
    Business Brief
    Norwalk, Conn.-based EMCOR Group recently announced that four of its subsidiaries have been awarded contracts for the installation of mechanical, electrical, voice/data, and controls systems for a renovation project that will create a new state-of-the-art Telemedicine Facility at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF). The new 25,000-square-foot facility will enable students and faculty around the world to participate in actual classroom and training programs online through an extensive audio/visual program and advanced technology.

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


    Lutron Electronics Donates Company History to Smithsonian
    On April 29, Joel Spira, inventor and developer of the solid-state electronic "dimming device," celebrated a major milestone in his prolific career. Joined by his family, many Lutron employees and colleagues, friends, and members of the press, Spira donated materials related to Lutron Electronics' 50-year history to the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History, located on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., in a special ceremony.

    To read more about Spira's achievements and the Smithsonian ceremony, visit the EC&M Web site.


    NEMA Lighting Systems Index Rises Again
    First quarter 2010 performance of the NEMA Lighting Systems Index (LSI) was 1.1% ahead of results for the fourth quarter of 2009, the National Lighting Bureau (NLB) reports, marking the third consecutive quarter of growth.

    To read more about the latest findings from the LSI, visit the EC&M Web site.


    DOE Launches New Version of Commercial Lighting Solutions Web Tool
    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) recently launched a new version of its Commercial Lighting Solutions Web tool, expanding energy-saving lighting solutions and approaches to offices and institutional buildings. The Web tool provides detailed instructions to help building owners and operators reduce the energy used by commercial lighting by 30% or more.

    To read more about DOE's Web tool, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Smart Meters: U.S. RF-Mesh Market Surging; PLC Shipments Forecast for Europe and Asia
    A recent study by IMS Research, "The World Market for Smart Meters — 2010," forecasts a surging radio frequency- (RF) Mesh market in the United States, while powerline carrier (PLC) shipments are expected to dramatically increase in Europe and Asia. Current market projections from IMS Research anticipate more than 100% market growth in 2010 in smart electricity meter unit shipments for both RF-Mesh and high-speed PLC meters, led by North America and Europe, respectively.

    To read more about the market for smart meters, visit the EC&M Web site.


    Eye on Safety
    New York Wind Turbine Certification Requirement Set in Motion by 2009 Turbine Collapse
    New York State's Public Service Commission, Albany, N.Y., will order all wind power developers to certify that emergency control systems will shut turbines down during loss of power as a result of a turbine collapse more than a year ago, according to recent news story in the Watertown Daily Times. The commission's new certification requirement will be part of the application for a certificate of public convenience and necessity, which all wind projects 80MW and larger must receive.

    Read the full story on the Watertown Daily Times Web site.


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