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April 6, 2011
IEC's Electrical Matters

Senate finally votes to repeal 1099 measure in health care reform law
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The Senate recently voted to repeal the health care overhaul's 1099 tax reporting requirements, finally ending months of debate and votes over a provision that, by the end, had few defenders. The overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, 87-12, gives President Barack Obama the first opportunity to sign or veto a bill repealing a piece of his signature law. More

SkillsUSA Virginia Industrial Motor Control Contest
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The 2011 SkillsUSA Virginia Industrial Motor Control Competition was held in Hampton, Va., on Saturday, April 2, 2011. IEC Hampton Roads Chapter Contractors Bay Electric, Harris Power, IES Commercial and Bob Baird and John Masarick of IEC National provided the labor and technical expertise necessary to conduct the competition. More

Study: Solar water heating in commercial buildings poised for 20 percent yearly growth
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Businesses are increasingly installing solar water heating to help them meet environmental goals and hedge against rising energy prices, according to a study. The report by research and consulting firm AltaTerra Research says that the U.S. solar water heating market is growing at about 20 percent per year in the commercial sector, a significant acceleration from long-term trends. More

Klein Tools® Test and Measurement Tools

The Home Depot is the exclusive home improvement retailer of the new Klein Tools test and measurement line. Designed by electricians, they are packed with the latest innovations and time-saving features like large backlit displays, magnetic mounts and built-in work lights, and are rugged enough to handle any job.

Hybrids, electric cars see 37 percent first quarter sales gain
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If you had any doubts about how high gas prices are effecting sales of fuel-efficient cars, consider this: Sales of new hybrid and electric cars climbed 37 percent in the first quarter of 2011, according to an analysis. More

Union members rally against legislation at Oklahoma Capitol
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They oppose Republican-backed measures that would repeal collective bargaining rights for certain city employees, change how police and firefighter union labor disputes are handled and take away certain due process rights of teachers. More

Workplace eye safety protection, prevention
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Think of how life would be without the ability to see. More often than not, people tend to forget the value of this important part of the body. The eye makes it possible to perform almost every task undertaken. According to information posted on Prevent Blindness America's website, eye injuries in the workplace are very common. More

SolarCity sees US panel prices tumbling in 2011
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Solar panel prices in the United States are likely to drop by 20 cents per watt this year, according to the head of SolarCity, one of the nation's largest photovoltaic solar service companies. More
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