IT Bits

NRG Huntley awards Invensys

Invensys Performance Solutions has signed a contract with NRG Huntley Operations Inc. to upgrade the power station’s existing control system and implement advanced process control at NRG’s Huntley Station Units 67 and 68, in Tonawanda, N.Y. Under this contract, which is backed by specific performance guarantees, Invensys Performance Solutions will upgrade the existing Foxboro I/A Series control system and implement a Connoisseur multivariable predictive control package to optimize unit performance.

Southern Co. chooses Itron

Southern Co. signed with Itron’s Energy Information Systems (EIS) business unit out of Raleigh, N.C .to implement Southern Co.’s next generation meter data collection and management system. The system is expected to support a potential of up to 50,000 commercial and industrial meters in the next five years, with the ability to extend data management capabilities to other Southern Co. customer metering and end-point devices.

Pantellos selects webMethods

Pantellos selected webMethods as its strategic business partner and preferred integration platform. With webMethods, Pantellos members will have an integration framework to directly connect their front and back office applications, such as order fulfillment, ERP and EAM systems, to the marketplace. This solution will enable secure, real-time information exchange across multiple platforms and data formats.

JEA deploys iM:Work

iMedeon, provider of wireless Web applications for mobile workforce management, has deployed iM:Work, its mobile workforce management application suite, for JEA, one of the largest municipal utilities in the nation, located in the Jacksonville, Fla. area.


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ALSTOM launches Web portal

After a year in which it consolidated the power equipment businesses of several companies operating in the U.S., ALSTOM Power has introduced ALSTOM Power Online, a program that uses the Internet to provide comprehensive customer service across all of its product lines. The program is the prototype for providing customer service to ALSTOM customers throughout the world. The interactive customer service portal offers personalization features for users so they receive only information appropriate to their requirements and profile. Currently, users can request quotes, view product information, review inventory levels and obtain order status.

Dynegyconnect chooses Fujitsu

Denver-based Dynegyconnect LP will purchase dense wave division multiplexing (DWDM) equipment and services from Fujitsu Network Communications Inc., a subsidiary of Fujitsu Limited, making Fujitsu the primary DWDM supplier for Dynegyconnect. Dynegyconnect LP, Dynegy Global Communications’ (DGC) North American subsidiary, is developing the first nationwide optically switched data network that will consist of approximately 16,000 route miles and more than 40 points of presence by the fourth quarter of 2001. DGC is currently developing a state-of-the-art, cost-efficient global network. Dynegyconnect LP is a joint venture of Dynegy Inc. and Telstra Corp. Ltd.

Consumers Energy selects ArcGIS

Consumers Energy, Jackson, Mich., selected ESRI’s ArcGIS for gas operations implementation. From code compliance to system planning, damage prevention, decision analysis, emergency operations, customer service, and marketing, the open, industry-standard geographic information system (GIS) will have a significant impact on how Consumers Energy operates and serves customers. Consumers Energy is the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, an international corporation in energy infrastructure.

Avenir upgrades software

Avenir Systems detailed new developments for its suite of Classic software products for the utilities industry. First, a program will migrate customers from outdated IBM AS/400 platforms to the latest IBM iSeries server line. A second enhancement is a method to archive client files and data. Avenir entered into a partnership with Electronic Storage Corp. to provide a report management and data archiving system optimized for the AS/400 platform and Avenir Classic. The third major new solution makes Avenir Classic compatible with Hewlett Packard’s 8150HN laser printer. A fourth enhancement will Web-enable utilities to offer customers online access to personal account information.

X-Traweb signs with Automated Energy

World Wireless Communications’ subsidiary X-traWeb signed a letter of understanding with Automated Energy Inc. to jointly market and sell World Wireless’ embedded X-traWeb technology and the Energy Management Information Services software developed by Automated Energy. Under the terms of the agreement, X-traWeb and Automated Energy will jointly develop technical solutions for customer segments using the technology from both companies. X-traWeb’s technology, which includes its X-Node Web server and X-Gate Internet gateway, will remotely monitor electrical and gas usage via the Internet gathering information that will be processed, stored and mined using Automated Energy’s software.