News Briefs


Gov. Davis inks deals: Gov. Gray Davis has signed a 10-year, $7 billion agreement with a subsidiary of Sempra Energy for up to 1,900 MW of electricity for California. He has also reached agreement with Southern California Edison for the purchase of the company’s transmission system for approximately $2.76 billion.

TNP to sell facility: Texas-New Mexico Power Co. (TNP) is selling its generating facility, TNP One, in accordance with the requirements of the Texas Electric Choice Act (Senate Bill 7). Located in Robertson County, Texas, TNP One is a two-unit, 300 MW plant that uses lignite as its primary fuel source.

Legal and regulatory

Fla. okays plant: Florida’s Public Service Commission has given preliminary approval for the construction of a 633 MW, natural gas-fired plant near Orlando. The project is a collaboration between four utilities: Orlando Utilities Commission, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Florida Municipal Power Agency, and Southern Co-Florida LLC.

MISO gets money: The Midwest Independent Transmission System Operator Inc. (MISO) will receive a $1 million business development loan, part of the economic development package that the state offered MISO in November 1999 to locate in central Indiana.

Projects and contracts

Coal options offered: The Burlington Northern and Santa Fe Railway Co. (BNSF) are offering coal transportation option contracts. The initial contracts (auctioned online in late May) give purchasers the right to move a trainload of coal via BNSF from one of three groups of Powder River Basin mines to one of 11 rail-water terminals at a specified price and at time intervals from three to 18 months.

Johnstown America delivers: Johnstown America Corp. has delivered a 300-unit aluminum flat-bottom coal gondola order to Drummond Corp. Each coal car has a 2,080 cubic foot capacity and will be used in Drummond’s Columbian Loloma mines.

Siemens wins contract: PPL Susquehanna LLC, a subsidiary of PPL Corp., awarded Siemens Westinghouse Power Corp. a contract to design, manufacture and install turbine upgrades at two 1,130 MW nuclear units in Berwick, Penn. The first of the upgrades will be made on Unit 2 during a refueling outage in the spring of 2003.

FPL to build Texas plant: FPL Energy LLC, a subsidiary of FPL Group, will build, own and operate a 1,789 MW natural gas-fired power plant in the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Construction is targeted to begin this month with commercial operation in the second quarter of 2003.


Con Ed to upgrade: Consolidated Edison Co. of New York Inc. (Con Ed) will spend $2.4 billion over the next five years to upgrade its power T&D system in New York City and Westchester County.

Executive appointments

Excelergy: Richard Dwyer has been appointed vice president.

Foster Wheeler Corp.: Richard J. Swift, chairman, president and CEO, will retire by the end of 2001.

DTE Energy Co.: Daniel G. Brudzynski has been elected vice president and controller. Nick A. Khouri is vice president and treasurer. Ron A. May is senior vice president.

American Electric Power: Diane Fitzgerald has been appointed vice president of environmental affairs. Joseph M. Buonaiuto is senior vice president and controller.

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