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June. 15, 2011
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Call for nominations: IEC National Awards
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Do you feel a particular member, chapter or project deserves some extra attention for going above and beyond? If so, then nominate them for an IEC National Award. Awards are handed out in various categories so weather you are a contractor member who made outstanding contributions to IEC, a chapter executive director who exhibits outstanding leadership, or a member who demonstrated incredible skill and innovation in a project, there is an award category for you. To see a full listing of award categories and nomination criteria, download the Awards Brochure. Nominations must be submitted by Aug. 8, 2011. More

House approves project labor amendment to VA bill by one vote
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The House narrowly approved an amendment to the Military Construction/Veterans Affairs appropriations bill that will make it easier for the VA to enter into project labor agreements. Members approved the language by a one vote margin — 204-203. 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.

Chart of the week: Are small business borrowing needs being met?
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The National Federation of Independent Business's survey of its members has shown an improvement in the satisfaction of small businesses' need for credit in recent months. In April, the difference between the percent of small business owners who reported that their borrowing needs had been met over the previous three months less the share who reported that their credit needs had not been met hit 20, which is better than the difference of 16 seen last November. More

Supreme Court reinstates collective bargaining law
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Acting with unusual speed, the state Supreme Court on Tuesday ordered the reinstatement of Gov. Scott Walker's controversial plan to end most collective bargaining for tens of thousands of public workers. More

US seeks switchgear retrofill bids for 19.5-MW Headgate Rock
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The Bureau of Reclamation seeks bids to retrofill low-voltage station service switchgear at the Bureau of Indian Affairs' 19.5-MW Headgate Rock Dam in Arizona. Bids are due June 30. Reclamation previously expected to issue a solicitation in late April with bids to be due in May. In March, it invited firms to submit statements of capability to perform a retrofill, replacing existing breakers, operating controls and other components, specially designed so that they fit within existing racks. The agency also collected information last year from vendors on proposed rehabilitation of the 480-volt switchgear. 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.

GOP ally for Senator Sanders's 10 million solar roofs bill
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With members of Congress up to their armpits in acrimony on Capitol Hill, Sen. Bernie Sanders figures bipartisanship isn't enough to advance ideas anymore. So he is trying a broadened approach to lift legislators out of that muddled morass: Tripartisanship. More

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Selecting, sizing transformers for commercial buildings
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Transformers, along with other power distribution apparatus, remain a fundamental component in electrical systems distribution for commercial buildings. This article presents several useful design concepts for selecting and sizing transformers in the design of electrical systems for commercial buildings. Transformers change voltage levels to supply electrical loads with the voltages they require. They supply the required incoming electrical service to the buildings. Transformer primary and secondary voltages can be 2,400; 4,160; 7,200; 12,470; and 13,200 for 15-kV Class, and 120, 208, 240, 277 and 480 for 600-V Class. More

P&S Toggle Dimmer with Dimming 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.

Repeal withholding of small business payments
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Imagine you own a business that puts a new roof on the local high school. After you do the work, the school pays only 97 percent of what it owes you. Why? On the off chance you may not pay your federal taxes. That is what a section of the Tax Increase Prevention and Reconciliation Act of 2005 does. It requires federal, state and local governments to withhold 3 percent from all payments for goods and services made to small businesses. More
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