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KUA contest produces first winner

Aric Stoots of Kissimmee was $90.51 richer after visiting the Web site of Kissimmee Utility Authority one night. He woke up to discover he didn’t have to pay his utility bill for the month. Stoots was one of ten utility customers who had their bill paid in May just for visiting the KUA Web site. The purpose of the KUA contest was to encourage customer use of the site, which allows customers to pay their bills online, update account information, check their energy consumption history, report a streetlight outage, schedule a free energy audit or even apply for a job.

Intergraph grows in North America

Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions welcomed four new companies to its Team GeoMedia program. e-Mapping Solutions and Integrated Desktop Solutions have joined as registered solutions providers, and GeoDecisions and Ruekert/Mielke have come onboard as registered solutions centers. Intergraph Mapping and GIS Solutions also announced a marketing agreement with IBM Corp. Intergraph and IBM are establishing a relationship between their technical, sales and marketing teams to sell Intergraph’s GeoMedia product suite together with IBM’s DB2 database management software.

Excelergy rolls out latest

Excelergy recently released the newest version of its collaboration and information exchange software product Excelergy eXACT 5.1. Excelergy eXACT is currently operational at Hydro One Networks, ACN Energy, Powercor Australia and American Electric Power.

BOW to provide Hydro Ottawa

Hydro Ottawa has selected BOW Networks’ eLAN communications platform for a communications project that will bring together the EMS/SCADA systems of all its recently amalgamated operating companies. The software will be integrated on a series of routers and substation gateways.

Toronto Hydro implements Mincom

Mincom has successfully implemented Mincom Ellipse, its enterprise management suite of maintenance, materials, financials, human resources and accounting/payroll at Toronto Hydro.

Meridium announces new application

Meridium announced a new application, System Reliability. According to the company, the new capability allows executives to improve enterprise reliability, availability and profitability by measuring the reliability of plant systems, predicting the financial cost of system failures and simulating the impact of proposed changes to these systems.

GE integrates technology

GE Network Solutions has launched “Small-world on Oracle Workspace Manager.” This new version of the Smallworld Core Spatial Technology application now manages long transactions by directly supporting Oracle9i Workspace Manager, a feature of Oracle9i. GE Network Solutions has been working with Oracle for more than three years to define requirements for and test the implementation of this integrated Oracle9i version.

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GE releases SCADA software
GE Network Solutions, a supplier of software to the utility industry, has released its XA/21 Swift 1.0 software product, an off-the-shelf supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system based on the company’s XA/21 energy management system and is specially designed to meet the needs of smaller electric utilities, according to the company.

SchlumbergerSema garners NU contract
SchlumbergerSema, a business unit of Schlumberger Limited, has signed a new contract with Northeast Utilities (NU) following successful completion of a test project aimed at modernizing the utility’s asset management operations. The new contract, valued at $4.1 million, encompasses full implementation of the NY integrated spatial information system. SchlumbergerSema is providing systems integration and consulting services to the project.

Kansas City expands monitoring system
Kansas City Power & Light Co. is proceeding with its expansion of its Internet-based intelligent substation monitoring system, Esubstation.com. Cannon Technologies Inc. has received an order from the utility to add the Esubstation system to four more substations in the Kansas City metro area, with additional expansion planned for subsequent years.

NASA equips Ames
The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) has installed an enterprise management system at its Ames Research Center near San Francisco. Designed by Jacobs/Sverdrup Technology, the Ames system monitors power usage through the center, including the facility’s three large wind tunnels. The system, manufactured by Power Measurement, uses ION Enterprise software installed on over a dozen PC workstations combined with approximately a hundred ION 7700 meters (at full implementation).

SCT’s system installed at Allegheny
Allegheny Energy Supply, the generation and trading subsidiary of Allegheny Energy, has implement SCT Banner Fuels Management System to support the purchase, transport, consumption and payment processing of coal and other fuels. The Hagerstown, Md.-based electric generator burns more than 18 million tons of coal annually at the company’s ten coal-fired plans.