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Governors 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 article

Flour 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 the County.

The 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, CA.


May 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 .  You can also download additional ESFI electrical safety information to help decrease electrical hazards. Complete article…


NEMA 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 35 kV.

Both 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. Complete article…

Most 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. Complete article…


PG&E 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 plants.


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U.S. Telecom Industry Spending in Rises 7.9% in 2004 - Total spending in the U.S. telecommunications industry rose 7.9 percent in 2004 to an estimated $784.5 billion -- a significant improvement from gains of 3.6 percent in 2003 and 1.9 percent in 2002 -- according to TIA's 2005 Telecommunications Market Review and Forecast. An increase in equipment and software revenue and double-digit increases in wireless services, services in support of equipment, and specialized services1 spurred this growth, offsetting decreases in landline services revenues. Complete article…


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2005 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).

NFPA has been a worldwide leader in providing fire, electrical, building, and life safety to the public since 1896.


Greenlee 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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