Contract Awards and Extensions
Waco, Texas-based Brazos Electric Power Cooperative has chosen Open Systems International’s (OSI) monarch platform for its energy management and generation management system (EMS/GMS). Brazos will use the system to participate in the ERCOT market as well as modernize its operations infrastructure. OSI also was awarded a contract by Indianapolis-based Wabash Valley Power Assoc. (WVPA) to implement OSI’s monarch platform as a SCADA/EMS replacement system for WVPA. The new system will be connected to WVPA’s 24 members via satellite communications.
Arizona Public Service has selected iMedeon’s iM:Work system to provide wireless, Web-based field work force management for its field service technicians.
MidAmerican Energy Co. (MEC) has purchased Intergraph’s InService Mobile Data Dispatch solution to streamline its service order and trouble dispatch work. The InService dispatch technology will be integrated with Logica’s Work Management Information System (WMIS), Intergraph’s own G/Technology facilities management solution and an existing M3i outage management system.
Connecticut Light & Power will use Enerwise Global Technologies’ Internet-based energy monitoring services to support a load management pilot program aimed at CL&P’s commercial and industrial customers with electrical demand great than 350 kW.
Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions
Hunt Technologies Inc., maker of the Turtle AMR system, has added EUSCO, a division of Wisconsin-based RESCO, to its network of representative firms. EUSCO will represent Hunt in Iowa and Nebraska IT products and services provider COGNICASE plans to increase its energy sector market share through the acquisition of M3i Systems Inc. from Hydro-Quebec. Once the transaction closes, M3i, a vendor of real-time operations management systems to the energy industry, will become a COGNICASE division.
Metering Technology Corp. (MTC) and Montreal-based Olameter have announced an agreement that will allow Olameter to market and distribute MTC’s solid-state residential electric meters in Canada.
Personnel Changes and Promotions
Stephen P. Reynolds has been elected president and CEO of Puget Sound Energy, replacing the retired William S. Weaver. Reynolds has previous utility experience with Pacific Gas & Electric and most recently served as president and CEO of his own energy consulting firm, Reynolds Energy International.
J. Frank Bates has been elected executive vice president and chief operations officer for Texas-based El Paso Electric Co. (EPE). Bates most recently served as EPE’s vice president of transmission and distribution. Bates now will oversee both the generation and T&D aspects of EPE’s business.
Richard L. Rudman has been named executive vice president of the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Rudman joined EPRI in 1973 and has served as chief operating officer since 1996.
Richard J. Mark has been elected vice president, customer service for Ameren Corp. In his new capacity, Mark is responsible for Ameren’ customer care, including the customer contact centers in Missouri and Illinois.
Lew Hay, FPL Group Inc.’s president and CEO, has been elected to the added position of FPL Group chairman. The move became effective at year-end 2001, when James L. Broadhead retired from the chairman position. Hay joined FPL Group in August 1999 as CFO.