Cegelec ESCA Corp. and Nevada Power Co. (NPC) have signed a contract to replace NPC`s existing SCADA and EMS with Cegelec ESCA`s standard Energy Management Platform. The new system will perform the functions that currently exist at NPC`s Las Vegas control center as well as provide the capability to meet the requirements of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission`s new open-access rulings. With the assistance of its consultant KEMA-ECC, the project is scheduled to run over a 16-month period for the implementation, delivery and installation of NPC`s new EMS. NPC is headquartered in Las Vegas, Nev. The utility provides electrical power to a two-county area in southern Nevada serving more than 474,000 commercial and residential customers.

Itron has signed a contract with Peoples Gas Light & Coke Co., the natural gas distribution company serving the city of Chicago. The contract provides for the purchase of 750,000 encode, receive and transmit (ERT) meter modules. The ERT modules are scheduled to be purchased and installed over a four- to six-year period, starting later this year. The ERTs will transmit the customers` gas usage to the utility via radio frequency, eliminating the need for a meter reader to visit the premises. The modules will be read monthly by Itron`s mobile AMR system which is installed in several of the utility`s vans. The agreement with Itron also includes an initial installation of Itron`s fixed-network AMR system to read 5,000 of the ERTs. Peoples Gas, a subsidiary of Peoples Energy Corp., serves approximately 840,000 customers in Chicago.

Intergraph announced a long-term contract with Hennepin County, Minn., for multiple seats of Intergraph`s Modular GIS Environment (MGE) software for automated mapping solutions. The Hennepin County surveyor`s office will be using MGE to convert current base maps from the Ultimap format, as well as upgrade and maintain base maps. The surveyor`s office is responsible for the base maps for all county services and 46 municipalities. There are approximately 380,000 parcels in the County and the system provides information to a wide spectrum of public agencies. Implementation of the system is expected in fall 1996.

SCT Utility Systems announced that Bangor Hydro-Electric (BHE) is now using SCT`s BANNER customer information system in a live production environment for commercial and industrial customers. The implementation is being conducted in three phases with completion set for December 1996. BHE serves more than 111,000 customers in Bangor, Maine. SCT also signed a software and services contract with the City of Etobicoke and the Etobicoke Hydro Electric Commission (EHEC) for the BANNER customer information, customer contact and electronic work queue systems. The new software will help streamline and improve customer service operations through innovative call center management techniques. Etobicoke provides water to approximately 75,000 suburban Toronto customers. EHEC provides service to approximately 94,000 suburban Toronto customers.

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