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July 13, 2011
IEC's Electrical Matters

2 weeks left to save on discounted rates for the IEC National Convention
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It's already mid-July, which means the early-bird deadline is quickly approaching. You only have two weeks to save on discounted rates; after July 29, 2011, rates for the 54th Annual IEC National Convention & Electric Expo will increase. In this economy, you can't afford to wait, so register today! Check out the IEC National website to learn more about registration types, educational sessions, the Electric Expo 2011 and more. More

Circuit protection in hospitals
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Consulting engineers devote their entire careers to the art of protecting the client's electrical systems, equipment and buildings. We achieve that goal with various forms of circuit protection. The definition of a circuit in the National Electric Code includes feeders and branch circuits. Therefore, circuit protection is a generic term that includes any type of protective device for nearly any type of electrical distribution conductor within a facility. This article will address the most common applications of overcurrent, short-circuit and ground-fault protective devices in the health care environment. More


Polaris Grey™ eliminates splaying and cutting of fine-stranded wire. and can connect, disconnect, and reconnect with ease. A reliable compression connection is made via the integral sleeve, crimping wire strands to a tight bundle as the set-screw is tightened. Cable trays, troughs, raceways, ducts & junction boxes - protect your connection with Polaris Grey.

Small business networking secrets
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Networking is a hugely important part of your small business whether online or off. No matter what you do or how you do it, networking helps you find partners, suppliers and customers for your business. Done right, networking can be the key to your success. Done wrong, it can be cause of your failure. Here are some resources aimed at helping you improve your networking today. More

IEC welcomes CurrentSafe as a New Bronze Industry Partner
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The Independent Electrical Contractors is pleased to welcome CurrentSAFE® as its newest Bronze Industry Partner. Founded in 2005, CurrentSAFE® has developed a comprehensive program that helps electrical contractors build a successful residential service business. More

Lutron Skylark® Contour Dimmable CFL.LED Dimmer

The Skylark Contour C•L dimmer features advanced dimming circuitry that is designed for compatibility with most dimmable CFL and LED bulbs. The Skylark Contour C•L dimmer also provides full-range dimming for halogen and incandescent bulbs, ensuring today's dimmer is compatible with tomorrow's light sources. Sold exclusively at The Home Depot.

Meters look to put the smarts in electric vehicle charging
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There is general industry agreement that electric vehicle charging needs to be smart enough to respond to the changing conditions on the grid (to limit the impact on the grid) and to changing prices (to maximize the savings of driving electric). The looming question that will help to shape the ultimate success of electric vehicles is, "Will that smart charging be enabled through smart meters, or through other devices?" More

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MIT demos flexible solar panels printed on paper
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MIT researchers have shown how solar panels can be printed on paper and other cheap materials, opening a range of possibilities including homes with solar-panel window shades or wallpaper. Last year, CNET's Martin LaMonica reported on how MIT had developed the world's first solar panel printed on paper. A recent MIT study in the journal Advanced Materials by Karen Gleason and colleagues details the innovation. More

P&S Toggle Dimmer with Wheel

P&S Toggle Dimmers allow users to preset lighting levels. When switched off or a power failure occurs, lights automatically return to most recent adjusted level.

US Chamber of Commerce: Small businesses aren't hiring in 2011
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The economy is still too too dicey for small business owners: 64 percent surveyed by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce said they would not be hiring for the rest of this year — 12 percent said they would be laying people off. More

 Chapter Graduations

2011 IEC Texas Gulf Coast graduation ceremonies
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On Saturday, July 9 the IEC Texas Gulf Coast Chapter held their 2011 Graduation Ceremonies at the University of Houston. An audience of well over 800 family, friends and co‐workers exuberantly welcomed the 79 graduates as they entered the auditorium. Bill McDonald, Chapter President, began the ceremonies congratulating them on their accomplishments and recognizing special guests. The Invocation was led by longtime instructor, Bill DeBerry. More

28 apprentices graduate from Western Colorado IEC
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Western Colorado IEC was proud to sponsor the 2011 graduation ceremony at the Hotel Colorado in downtown Glenwood Springs. WCIEC had 25 apprentices who participated in the 2010-2011 apprentice training program. We would like to thank all of our Industry Partners for supporting us: Consolidated Electrical Distributors; All Phase Electric Supply; Lutron; The Neil Garing Insurance Agency Federated; and Square D Schneider. More
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