Pirelli Cables and Systems will provide up to $13.8 million in additional funding to American Superconductor Corp. for the development of high temperature superconducting (HTS) wires for use in power cables. The companies also agreed to exploit HTS wire for use in fault current limiters, devices employed to limit power surges in electrical networks. (Pirelli formed a strategic alliance with American Superconductor in 1990.)
Commonwealth Edison Co. awarded W.A. Chester LLC, a unit of Potomac Electric Power Co., a fourth contract to install an additional 25 miles of high-voltage underground electric cable for a Chicago area project. When work is completed on the latest phase of this multi-million dollar project, W.A. Chester will have installed more than 100 miles of new, single conductor 138 kV solid dielectric cable.
By mid-morning on New Year`s Eve, when countries on the other side of the world began making the Y2K transition without apparent trouble, any lingering fears of a Y2K disaster were largely dispelled. Under the piles of confetti and broken champagne bottles lie several important lessons that the industry should take to heart.
TenFold Corp. (www.10fold.com) of Salt Lake City was selected by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) to build and implement TenFold`s SettlementNow! EBPP system for BPA`s wholesale electric power and transmission service customers. "Our extensive analysis demonstrated a rapid return on investment for this project with reduced operating costs," said Lou Tauber, BPA transmission project manager.
Solartron Inc. launched the Ethernet version of its isolated measurement pod (IMP), E-IMP. This new remote data acquisition module provides an Ethernet TCP/IP connection to 20 multifunction analog/digital measurement channels in a ruggedized housing, suitable for wide-area monitoring of process and equipment under hostile environmental conditions.
CES and ESRI have begun a non-exclusive relationship for program development of increased integration between CES International`s Centricity operations resource management suite and ESRI`s ArcInfo product through CES International`s InterSys EAI solution.
In an economy where information flow is just as important as cash flow, providing mobile workers with access to business-critical data can help utility companies increase employee productivity and efficiency so they can provide better customer service.
Lawrence R. Codey, president and COO of Public Service Electric and Gas Co. and a member of the board of directors of its parent company, Public Service Enterprise Group, will retire in February. He has been with the corporation for 26 years, serving the last eight years as president. He will be succeeded as head of PSE&G`s electric and gas transmission and distribution businesses by Alfred C. Koeppe, currently senior vice president-corporate services and external affairs and the former presiden
M3i Systems Inc. was selected to provide New Jersey Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G) an integrated outage and dispatch computer management system.
Motorola`s Commercial, Government and Industrial Solutions Sector (CGISS) has acquired Software Corporation of America Inc. (SCA), a Stamford, Conn.-based developer of wireless software applications. Company officials expect the convergence of wireless communications, the Internet, and new data systems to create an even stronger demand among utilities for software applications that integrate wireless voice, data and video transmission.