NEWS IN THE WORLD OF POWER AND INTEGRATED BUILDING SYSTEMS
> ACCORDING TO The Washington Post, the number of
wineries around the United States has grown from about 2,000
in 2000 to approximately 8,000 in 2014. In addition, while they
tended to be limited to a handful of states 15 years ago, every
state, including Alaska, now boasts at least one winery.
The Post pointed to the increased number of wineries in
three states in its readership region: Maryland went from 12 to
61, Virginia from 59 to 230, and New York from 118 to 328.
In the heart of wine country, Long Electric, Napa, Calif., has
a lot of experience doing work for wineries. In fact, according to
project manager Tom Long, the company has worked on more
than 50 winery projects in the last quarter-century.
“Many wineries are family-owned and are looking for
a contractor that will provide them with a certain level of
attention and service,” he said.
Long Electric’s experience makes it appealing to wineries.
“A contractor needs to consistently demonstrate a knowledge
of electrical controls for all of the winery equipment related
to production, including tanks, bottling lines, etc.,” Long said.
Experience surrounding the installation of aluminum rigid and
stainless supports and hardware also is paramount.
Long Electric’s most recent project was for the new visitor
center at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. The project scope for the tasting
room included lighting and lighting controls; heating, ventilating
and air conditioning; power; fire alarm; security; and data.
“Winery owners are using their tasting rooms as a showcase
for the facility,” Long said. “This often results in complex
installation to accommodate intricate architectural designs.”
Some of the more difficult installations that the project team
encountered involved in-ground light-emitting diode (LED) wall-
wash fixtures, undercabinet LED fixtures at the concrete wine
bar, and LED fixtures installed above a wooden slat ceiling.
Long Electric sees opportunities for improving energy
efficiency, as well. Wineries are taking advantage of
opportunities in solar, LED lighting and controls, and electric-vehicle charging stations.
Long admitted that the market is very competitive and
challenging. However, he said there is one added benefit: it
typically provides some of the most beautiful job-site views that
a contractor could ask for.
Long Electric: Wineries Offer
Great Opportunities to Showcase Skills
States Request EPA Delays Implementation of Clean Power Plan
> WHEN THE OBAMA ADMINISTRATION announced its much-anticipated Clean Power Plan in August, opposition emerged
quickly. In fact, opponents had been fighting it before it was even
made public knowledge.
Now that it is official, the plan—which cuts carbon
pollution from existing power plants—faces many hurdles,
political and otherwise. Legislators have vowed to fight it in
Congress and have encouraged state officials to take up the
cause. Needing little encouragement, more than a dozen states
filed a formal request with the Environmental Protection
Agency (EPA) to delay the rule’s implementation. However,
the EPA has no intentions of putting on the brakes.
The real challenge has emerged in the courts, where many
of those states filed a lawsuit with the U.S. Court of Appeals
in Washington, D.C. On the grounds that the challenge was
premature, the courts already rejected a legal challenge earlier
this summer before the plan had
even been announced.
The states’ new lawsuit argues
that the EPA is misinterpreting
the scope of amendments made to
the Clean Air Act (CAA) in 1990
and that the federal government
has overstepped its authority in
regulating the states. West Virginia
and its attorney general, Patrick Morrisey, led the lawsuit. Other
parties to the suit are Alabama, Arkansas, Colorado, Florida,
Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Michigan, Nebraska, Ohio,
Oklahoma, South Dakota, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
The states constituting this coalition depend on coal and will
be required to make drastic cutbacks in emissions.
—RICK LAEZMAN IST