IT Bits

Avista Corp. signs GE

Avista Corp. Internet subsidiary Avista Advantage has signed an agreement with GE exchange services to access the company’s electronic data interchange (EDI) network. Through its service center, GE has direct access to over 100,000 trading partners, with 10 million documents processed daily. Avista Advantage will deploy the GE exchange services immediately.

Barrie Hydro selects HTE

HTE Inc., a provider of enterprise-wide software solutions for public sector organizations and utilities worldwide, announced that Barrie Hydro of Ontario has signed a contract worth $335,300 to license software for improved customer service and compliance with Ontario’s new requirements for deregulation. Barrie Hydro licensed HTE’s customer information system, contract billing, cash receipts, land management, menu driver and the Canada-specific real time pricing module.

Toronto, Ontario launch venture

Launched in Toronto, EBT Express is a $7.7 million joint venture of Toronto Hydro Corp. and provincial generation company Ontario Power Generation. The electronic business transaction (EBT) hub will be managed initially by a joint executive committee of the two organizations.

SMUD awards GIS project to Apex

The Sacramento Municipal Utility District’s G/Electric geographic information system (GIS) awarded Apex Data Services Inc., a provider of data conversion and related services for utility and government markets, a data conversion project. Apex will build a GFramme spatial database from Sacramento’s existing electric facilities’ maps and records, and to furnish field data collection services to supplement the existing records.

Utilconnect changes moniker

Utilconnect, an enterprise application service provider, unveiled their new name, Lumenor. The change to Lumenor is the first step in the company’s overall branding initiative and the development of a new corporate identity within other industries.

TVA fingers Encorp for DG

Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) has selected ENCORP Inc. and Thompson Machinery/Caterpillar equipment as part of TVA’s new distributed generation initiative. TVA entered into a $500,000 contract with Thompson to provide ENCORP’s DG control technology and Virtual Power Plant communication and dispatch software.

Siemens helps SmartSynch add functions

SmartSynch, a provider of end-to-end wireless data solutions-in partnership with Siemens Power Transmission and Distribution Inc.-has added power quality and reliability monitoring to its energy and utility wireless data services portfolio. The Smart Meters employed by SmartSynch’s energy and utility clients transmit data over an integrated network with accessible online processing through a proprietary transaction management system.

Convergent Group launches site

Convergent Group announced the debut of its new Web site at The site not only presents an overview, but also now offers information about trends and activities in the utility and local government markets.

Bermuda selects CES International

CES International announced that Bermuda Electric Light Co. has selected the CES International Centricity software suite. Centricity will automate the management and daily monitoring of network operations for the island’s electrical utility.

IEC dubs Smart standard

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC) adopted Honeywell’s Smart Distributed System as an international standard. Responsible for preparing and publishing international electrical, electronic and related standards, IEC’s 49 member countries recently voted to accept the networking standard IEC 62026-5 that includes the Smart Distributed System specification.

UTC moves into Canada

The United Telecom Council (UTC) has expanded its core membership from the U.S. into Canada. The UTC board of directors took the first formal step by creating two Canadian regions, eastern and western, to join UTC’s existing 10 U.S. regions. Meetings will be organized for each region to develop plans for new legal/regulatory programs as well as discuss a second Canadian Utility Telecom Conference for 2001.

NetSolve, ERCOT expand contract agreement

NetSolve Inc. and the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) have agreed to extend NetSolve’s services as well as incorporate the company’s ProWatch for WANs managed network solution. Backed by a service-level that starts at a minimum of 99.5 percent uptime, ProWatch for WANs will be implemented to support ERCOT’s network, connecting 14 sites around the state.

CBI Portal launched

The Center for Business Intelligence (CBI) has launched, a source for up-to-date information on CBI’s global private energy markets series.

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