Contract Awards and Extensions
Alliant Energy of Madison, Wis., recently awarded a contract to Open Systems International Inc. (OSI) for implementation of a distribution SCADA system at Alliant’s Cedar Rapids, Iowa, distribution operations center.
Atlanta Gas Light Co. announced a long-term agreement with IMServ, a unit of Invensys, to provide AMR technology to read more than 1.3 million gas meters in Georgia. NexusData, partnering with IMServ, created the hardware and technology to transmit collected meter data to a central data location center. IMServ will manage data received from those transmitters.
In July, SchlumbergerSema announced two separate contracts to provide information technology services to utilities. SchlumbergerSema executed a 15-year agreement with Wisconsin Electric-Wisconsin Gas to provide real-time energy consumption data and advanced information analysis services by connecting 650,000 of the utility’s electric and gas customers to Schlumber- gerSema’s fixed wireless network. A similar contract also was signed with Jacksonville Electric Authority (JEA).
Arizona Public Service (APS) will develop a mobile dispatch and reporting application that will give field technicians real-time access to reported equipment trouble information. The system will use wireless data networks, mobile computers and ClientSoft’s ClientBuilder middleware technology.
Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions
Montreal-based Olameter has purchased EPCOR Utilities Inc.’s meter operations in Ontario. Under the transaction, Olameter will assume meter verification activities, field meter maintenance and meter reading services to a number of municipalities in Ontario.
Powertec Industries, a company known for Web-based automated metering and testing systems for electric substations, has become part of Enertec. Enertec has combined Powertec with its existing substation automation business into the Powertec Group of Enertec.
Hunt Technologies and CES International have formed an alliance that will integrate CES’s outage management system (OMS) with Hunt’s AMR system. The OMS and AMR systems will work together to automate a utility’s approach to handling power outages and dispatching repair crews. The first customer of the allied vendors is Crow Wing Power, a cooperative based in Brainerd, Minn.
Personnel Changes and Promotions
Former FERC chairman Curt L. Hebert has joined Entergy Corp. as executive vice president of external affairs. Hebert will have responsibility for Entergy’s system and federal government affairs, system regulatory affairs, communications, and corporate contribution functions. He will report to Entergy’s CEO J. Wayne Leonard. Pat Wood III has succeeded Hebert as FERC chairman.