Automation Awards

Automation Awards

The ISO Alliance, a limited liability company owned jointly by ABB Power T&D Co. and Perot Systems Corp., announced that it has been awarded a contract worth approximately $48 million to jointly develop and implement critical new business systems required by the state of California to operate its deregulated electricity markets. In addition, the company agreed to deliver the systems by Jan. 1, 1998. The new systems, the first of their kind in the United States, will help the state administer the bidding, scheduling, settlement and transport of electricity, allowing the state to effectively schedule and manage the usage of its power grid to ensure reliable service.

Utility Translation Systems Inc. (UTS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Itron Inc., has been selected to supply the Revenue Meter Data Acquisition and Processing System (metering system) to the Independent System Operator (ISO) for the state of California. UTS will supply the metering system that will measure the power supply to and from California`s transmission grid system. The company will also provide the data collection system which will retrieve data from several thousand electricity meters directly connected to the ISO grid as well as end-use meter data from scheduling coordinators. The system will be installed in early fall 1997 for testing and is expected to be fully operational by Jan. 1, 1998. UTS also supplied software to collect the metering data for the power exchanges in the United Kingdom, Australia and New Zealand.

Colorado Springs Utilities (CSU) has awarded a contract to cfar International Ltd. (Kenner, La.) to conduct an AMR feasibility assessment. The project evaluates the business and technological issues surrounding the feasibility of implementing AMR throughout CSU`s service area. The project will assess AMR as an electronic gateway to comprehensive customer services rather than as a stand-alone technology. CSU has already invested considerable time and effort in evaluating underlying infrastructure issues so as to be prepared for the outcome of this multi-year evaluation.

Si3, a supplier of AMR services, signed a contract to exchange electric meters and retrofit gas meters for Delmarva Power & Light Co. (DP&L). The contract is part of a DP&L project to improve the efficiency of reading both electric and gas meters in residential multiple and individual dwellings located in Delaware`s Newark and Wilmington areas. Electric meters with Itron Inc.`s encoder, receiver and transmitter (ERT) meter modules will be exchanged with existing meters in apartment complexes and difficult to access residences where current meters require physical access to obtain each month`s reading. The gas meters in these same residences will also be retrofitted with ERT meter modules, allowing meter readers to obtain both electric and gas meter readings without entering the premise.

Norand Corp. announced that it is providing PEN*KEY 6600 wireless mobile computers to two different utilities to be used by their field service personnel. Rochester Gas & Electric Corp. will receive 50 of the rugged, full-screen computers to automate work forms, improve service call management and transmit data wirelessly between the field work force and the service office. Yankee Gas Services Co., the recipient of 100 computers, plans to virtually eliminate the need for service technicians to call into the home office while in the field. Eighty-eight Yankee Gas vehicles are already equipped with the mobile computers.

California Microwave Inc. announced that its Microwave Data Systems (MDS) division has entered into a long-term master purchase agreement with Alabama Power Co., a subsidiary of Southern Co. The 10-year agreement is for supplying multiple address radio equipment to Alabama Power Co., as well as other Southern Co. affiliates such as Georgia Power, Mississippi Power, Savannah Electric and Gulf Power. California Microwave Inc. is a U.S. supplier of satellite earth station and microwave radio infrastructure products installed worldwide. MDS is a supplier of point-to-point and multiple address radios for data and voice applications.

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