MONTEREY BAY CALIFORNIA CHAPTER
NATIONAL ELECTRICAL CONTRACTORS ASSOCIATION
P.O. Box 507 Fax: (831) 751-3322
Pacific Grove, Cell: (831) 210-2128
California, 93950 Web: www.mbccneca.org
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NEWSLETTER: May – July 2010
INSIDE THIS Memorial Day you are
interested in either
EDITION: Observation & COMPREHENSIVE FACILITY
Article(s): Happy 4th of July ENERGY AUDIT CLASS
- CALCTP The Key to Green Energy
Projects (See Attached)
- Energy Audit Classes
- NFPA 70E AND
Upcoming MEI Classes Advanced Lighting Controls,
a New Opportunity to Make a
2010 Convention Difference
2010 Calendar of Events The California Advanced Lighting
Controls Training Program
(CALCTP) is a statewide initiative
Other Important Items aimed at increasing the use of
NECA/MEI educational seminars lighting controls in commercial
buildings. The CALCTP team is
NECA 2010 Convention in addition to visiting the show floor
made up of California electric
and the other convention activities.
Boston October 2-5 The following will be reimbursed: utilities, The California Lighting
- The cost of five-nights at the Technology Center (CLTC),
If you are looking to help improve Chapter’s assigned Hotel (Westin contractor and labor organizations,
your business savvy, capture new Boston Waterfront) IBEW Journeyman Apprentice
markets, see all the new electrical - One full registration fee Training Centers (JATC),
products, services and installation - Reimbursement for one round- community colleges, and ICF
techniques in one room and visit a trip flight up to $400 International.
world-class city, all at the same - Up to $400 reimbursement for the
time! Well, the NECA Convention spouse’s attendance of the The goal of the CALCTP is to
is the place for you. Please take a opening and closing celebration promote the proper design,
moment and visit this site to learn functions. installation, and commissioning of
more: www.necaconvention.org advanced lighting control systems
If you would like to know how to through training and certification of
Chapter Promotions & save big bucks attending the contractors and their workforce.
Convention, please give the CALCTP will result in a number of
Money Saving Tips significant opportunities, including:
Chapter a call!
The Chapter has approved the Capturing a substantial
following incentives to promote SLMCC Green untapped source of energy
attendance this year: savings and peak demand
Opportunities! reduction in commercial
The Chapter will reimburse one buildings.
The California Statewide LMCC
person per Active Contractor
has developed the two programs Integrating utility energy
Member (Active Chapter Members
below in an effort to help IBEW efficiency and demand
are those who report at least one
Employers address new market response programs, resulting
full-time electrician on the monthly
opportunities. They are being in the development of key
transmittal) to attend the
offered by IBEW/NECA throughout infrastructure for the smart grid
Convention if they attended the
the state. Let the Chapter know if in California.
Increasing the demand for commission the systems, and training in the classroom and
advanced lighting controls with as a result they experience a hands-on lab training. The
High Performance T8 lighting high rate of call-backs and CALCTP team is planning for 30
systems, including first rework of installed systems. training sites in California that
generation T8 retrofits. include JATC’s and utility facilities.
Customers find that control Additional training sites may be
Providing labor and trade systems do not operate as hosted by California community
organizations with a high-value promised, and often remove or colleges. A concerted effort is
training opportunity for disable the systems in required by all industry
members. frustration. stakeholders in order to increase
the adoption of ALC technology by
The negative experience of commercial customers and other
Creating new, green jobs for installation contractors and lighting
Americans. market actors in order to capture
system designers related to the the enormous energy savings and
improper installation and demand reduction potential,
Breaking Down Barriers commissioning of ALC systems improve light quality, and save
has led many lighting practitioners, end-users money. Key
Advanced Lighting Control (ALC) architects, and engineers to steer stakeholders include:
systems typically include dimmers, customers away from these
occupancy sensors, photosensors, systems. As a result, ALC system Investor-owned and municipal
relay modules, and communication components are not typically utilities
based devices. Studies indicate stocked or promoted by electrical
that energy savings of up to 40 wholesalers, and building owners California Lighting Technology
percent can be realized by simply and managers often end up with a Center (CLTC), UC Davis
turning lights off in offices, generic lighting retrofit having little
conference rooms, and restrooms or no control capability beyond an Industry and trade
when those spaces are on/off switch or a limited number of organizations, such as the
unoccupied during normal occupancy sensors. International Brotherhood of
business hours. Additional Electrical Workers (IBEW),
savings can be realized using National Electrical Contractors
dimming ballasts and photo Association (NECA),
sensors to reduce lighting load Independent Electrical
when sufficient daylight is present. Contractors (IEC), and
Finally, the installation of ALC American Institute of Architects
technology is an essential step in (AIA).
expanding participation in demand
response programs for commercial California community colleges
building owners and operators. As
ALC systems become more Commercial building operators
sophisticated, sales and and organizations such as
installation of these sophisticated BOMA
systems is threatened by several
significant barriers listed below: National Association of
Installation contractors and Changing the Lighting Industry Electrical Distributors (NAED)
lighting system designers are from Within
not fully aware of how the Manufacturers and
system components operate The CALCTP team is committed to manufacturer rep agencies of
individually or as a system changing the lighting industry from ALC products
collectively to achieve the within, through training and sales The CALCTP concept is based on
desired energy savings and support. This is viewed as the the principle that intimate
peak demand reduction. most effective way to achieve knowledge of a market is
market transformation and ensure necessary to influence that market.
Installation contractors and the persistence of claimed energy Experience has shown that market
lighting system designers are savings by the utilities that provide transformation is best facilitated by
often at odds regarding how purchasing incentives. Increasing working with and through
lighting controls should be the stocking, promotion, established industry organizations
deployed, installed, and specification, proper installation and accepted training practices. It
commissioned. and commissioning, and overall can be difficult for electrical
demand for ALC systems requires contractors and lighting installers
Installation contractors do not trained contractors. Training to accept outside direction
always know how to properly includes both technical and sales
regarding how they can do their standard covers and how it works. counties. It is enforced by electrical
job better. By leveraging Here then, is a very short guide to inspectors.
contractor industry organizations this important electrical safety
such as IBEW/NECA and IEC to standard. • NFPA 70E is not adopted for
endorse education and training regulatory use. Instead,
offered through JATC’s, utilities, Scope customers, who require electrical
and community colleges, contractors to follow NFPA 70E
contractors and installers will NFPA 70E-2004 is entitled safety practices while working on
embrace the CALCTP certification Standard for Electrical Safety in their property, enforce it.
process. the Workplace. It is related to the
National Electrical Code (NFPA NFPA 70E Covers Electrical
CALCTP is expected to standard 70) as follows: Hazards Only
dramatically increase the supply
and demand for lighting controls in • The National Electrical Code NFPA 70E describes how to
commercial applications, and (NEC) describes how to design protect electrical workers from
create new, green jobs in the and install electrical systems but three kinds of electrical hazards:
process. This important lighting not how to actually perform the
work. • Electric shock and electrocution
initiative will substantially reduce
lighting load in commercial • Arc-flash (electrical fireball)
• NFPA 70E describes safe work
buildings while providing improved
practices for electrical construction
light quality and increased • Arc-blast (electrical explosion at
and maintenance but not how to
productivity. The use of advanced high energy levels)
design or install electrical systems.
lighting controls will play an
essential role in the development • The two documents (NEC and The NFPA 70E standard doesn’t
of a highly reliable and efficient NFPA 70E) have identical scopes cover other construction hazards
“smart” electrical grid system in the and many of the same definition. such as fall protection, safe use of
United States. The integration of They both cover “inside” wiring in ladders and scaffolds, hazardous
energy efficiency and demand buildings and similar structures. substances, and respirators.
response that is made possible by Neither of them covers utility (line) These other subjects are covered
CALCTP will become a model for construction. by OSHA construction safety
other commercial building regulations.
systems. As a leader in energy
efficiency and related emerging Four-Step Safety Strategy
technologies, California will be the
proving ground for advanced NFPA 70E outlines a four-step
lighting controls training, and this approach to electrical safety:
model can then be applied across
the United States. 1. TURN OFF THE POWER. Work
de-energized, whenever possible.
This isn’t always feasible. When it
A Very Short Guide to is working on or near exposed live
conductors and parts, NFPA 70E
NFPA 70E requires the following:
by Brooke Stauffer
Published ECMag: September 2007 Construction sites are workplaces. 2. LIVE WORK PERMIT. Have the
The NEC covers safety of customer sign an Energized
Editor's note: The following is the electrical installations, and NFPA
last article Brooke Stauffer Electrical Work Permit.
70E covers electrical safety in
submitted to ELECTRICAL workplaces. While it technically 3. PLAN THE WORK. Have a
CONTRACTOR; we've been applies to all workplaces (libraries, written plan for performing the live
holding it for some time because of schools, hospitals, supermarkets, work safely.
the uncertainty of his status. There law offices, etc.), NFPA 70E is
is still no concrete news, but we enforced most often on 4. USE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE
thought it would be appropriate to construction sites and at industrial EQUIPMENT (PPE). This includes
post this article to show just how plants. Anywhere that electrical flame-resistant (FR) clothing,
knowledgeable he was. construction and maintenance insulated tools, face shields, and
work happen is a workplace. flash suits.
Despite all the press devoted
these days to NFPA 70E, many Enforcement Turn Off the Power
electrical contractors, electricians
and engineers still don’t have a • The NEC is adopted for NFPA 70E describes three
clear idea what the NFPA 70E regulatory use by states, cities and methods of turning off electrical
power and verifying that it stays off protection, not protection against Members only. Contact Gary
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