Agree on Construction ofWestern Grid - Four western governors
signed a memorandum of understanding that will speed governmental
and regulatory approvals for new transmission lines and powerplants
that could deliver 12,000 MW of power, or enough electricity
for 10 million homes. California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
(R), Nevada Gov. Kenny Guinn (R), Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman Jr.
(R) and Wyoming Gov. Dave Freudenthal (D) have announced plans
to build up to 1,700 miles of electrical transmission lines,
setting the stage for a more reliable power grid. The program,
unveiled April 4, does not reveal any specifics of construction,
but eventually could be worth up to $15 billion. Complete
Corp Moving to Texas - Fluor Corp. announced that it is
moving its headquarters from Aliso Viejo, CA to Texas by early
next year. The firm is one of the world's largest publicly
owned engineering, procurement, construction, and maintenance
services organizations. It is also Orange County's third-largest
public company by sales and employs about 1,380 people in
company said that the move to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area is
designed to cut costs and bring Fluor closer to customers
in the central and eastern part of the country. Fluor plans
to keep engineering operations in Aliso Viejo and Long Beach,
is National Electrical Safety Month - Electrical Safety
Foundation International (ESFI)
is launching its National Electrical Safety Campaign this May.
ESFI's 2005 May Kit includes a firefighter's
account of the tragedy that can result from unchecked electrical
hazards. The kit also provides information on the top electrical
safety hazards, including facts, figures and tips to use in
the home, school and workplace. As the ESFI campaign correctly
points out, most deaths and injuries caused by electrical hazards
are preventable. The 2005 May Kit is available for downloading
at no charge from the online library at www.electrical-safety.org . You
can also download additional ESFI
electrical safety information to help decrease electrical hazards.
Releases Two Standards on A.C. Power Drive Systems - The
National Electrical Manufacturers Association, (NEMA)
has released two standards that are adaptations from IEC standards:
ICS 61800-2-2005, Adjustable Speed Electrical Power
Drive Systems, Part 2: General Requirements—Rating Specifications
for Low Voltage Adjustable Frequency A.C. Power Drive Systems,
and ICS 61800-4-2004, Adjustable Speed Electrical
Power Drive Systems: Part 4: General Requirements—Rating Specifications
for A.C. Power Drive Systems Above 1000 V A.C. and not Exceeding
documents contain amendments to identify those specifications
in the original IEC standard that are not applicable in the
United States. They also incorporate those additional requirements
necessary to conform to the generally accepted wiring practices
and rules for use of such equipment in the United States.
Fatalities In Texas Refinery Blast Were California Contractors’
Employees - Fifteen
people were killed and more than 100 injured in a March 23
explosion at a refinery in Texas City, Texas, owned by BP
plc, Chicago. Most of the fatalities were California contractors'
employees. J.E. Merit Constructors Inc., a subsidiary of Jacobs
Engineering Group, Pasadena, Calif., lost 11 workers. The
other California company, Fluor Corp., lost three employees.
To Bill Customers For Nuclear Upgrade - Pacific Gas & Electric Co., has received
preliminary approval from the California
Public Utilities Commission to bill its customers for
$706 million needed to replace eight steam generators at its
Diablo nuclear power plant near San Luis Obispo, California.
During the 40 months required to build the equipment, the
utility will conduct and environmental impact statement required
by PUC. The 2,200-MW station is PG&E’s
largest single generating station, excluding hydroelectric
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National Electrical Code® is NFPA’s 50th
Edition - The National
Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
is marking a milestone with the 50th edition of the
National Electrical Code® (NEC). The NFPA
70, National Electrical Code® provides jurisdictions
with critical requirements for electrical safety and is commonly
accepted as the blueprint for electrical safety throughout
the United States and across the world.
The NEC is also noted as a part of the only full set
of construction-codes developed through processes accredited
by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI).
has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical,
building, and life safety to the public since 1896.
Introduces New Voice-Data-Video Product Catalog - Greenlee,
a Textron Company, has posted their new
Voice-Data-Video Product Catalog
on their website. The Textron Company has combined the
Greenlee and Tempo product lines to provide a comprehensible
88-page PDF catalog file. Users will also find product specifications,
typical applications, instruction manuals, and ordering information
on the Web site.
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