Contract Awards and Extensions
Detroit Edison has purchased Intergraph Corp.’s InService suite of outage management, emergency dispatch, and mobile data solutions to automate trouble analysis and increase service reliability. Initially, software will be implemented to support more than 30 dispatchers and mobile computing for 200 crews.
Allegheny Power will use M3i Systems Inc.’s Real-time Operations Management System to incorporate 226,000 recently acquired West Virginia Power and Mountaineer Gas customers into Allegheny’s energy portfolio.
Lumbee River Electric Membership Cooperative has chosen to implement iMedeon Inc.’s iM:Work software suite, which will enable the enterprise-wide integration of Lumbee River’s mobile field service information.
Tacoma Public Utilities has chosen Derivion to deliver a business-to-consumer, business-to-business and small-business e-billing solution designed for the Internet. Following an application service provider model, Derivion will collect existing bill data output from Tacoma Public Utilities to generate digital bills for presentation and payment online.
Independent transmission system operator Midwest ISO (MISO) has selected LODESTAR Corp.’s BillingExpert as the billing solution for its entire customer base. MISO will use the software to track commercial transactions; archive, retrieve and track customer information; and oversee collection and disbursement of transmission revenues.
MidAmerican Energy Co., a supplier of energy in the Midwest’s deregulating energy markets, has chosen Peace Software’s Energy software suite to help it serve its unregulated electric and gas customers in multiple states.
BC Hydro will replace its existing dispatching system with eMobile Data Inc.’s Service-Link 3.0, to be deployed on an application service provider basis. As part of the agreement, BC Hydro will serve as a beta test site for future versions of Service-Link.
Alameda Power & Telecom, which distributes electrical services to more than 32,000 customers in Alameda, Calif., has signed a long-term agreement with billserv.com to provide an electronic bill presentment and payment system for the utility’s customers.
Baltimore Gas & Electric Co. (BGE) has chosen CES International’s Centricity suite to help the utility restore power quicker during outages and improve day-to-day reliability by automating the management and monitoring of daily network operations.
BGE also recently selected Apex Data Services Inc. to perform the conversion of its paper and electronic data into a customized GE Smallworld environment. The award includes the conversion of both gas and electric distribution systems.
Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions
Schneider Electric has acquired Steeplechase Software, developer of PC-based solutions for the automation control market. Through the acquisition, Schneider Electric hopes to expand its offerings in PC-based automation technologies.
Cinergy Corp.’s investment arm, Cinergy Ventures Inc., has made a $10 million strategic investment in CES International. CES will reportedly use the investment to fund domestic and international growth and to increase research and development for its Centricity software suite.
Pepco Technologies, a subsidiary of Potomac Electric Power Co., and Robin America, a unit of Fuji Heavy Industry’s Subaru automotive division, have teamed to provide a portable power system that can be used during outages. The system uses Pepco’s GenerLink interconnection device and Robin’s utility-grade portable generators. Pepco Technologies is marketing the package nationwide to electric utilities for resale to residential customers.
Personnel Changes and Promotions
DTE Energy Co. has appointed Robert M. Sable as manager of enterprise risk management. Sable will build a group charged with identifying and monitoring risk exposures for all DTE Energy companies, and with commercial functions at DTE Energy, will establish parameters for managing these exposures.
Internet-based energy company PowerTrust.com has appointed Susannah Robinson as its chief operating officer. Robinson previously served as acting president and board member for Titan Energy Inc., a Toronto, Canada-based competitive retail energy company.
William Mahoney has been named president and CEO of utility software developer and vendor Excelergy. Prior to joining Excelergy, Mahoney served as president of the energy, utilities and communications unit of SCT Corp., another major utility software vendor. John Gregg a 30-year veteran of the utilities industry replaces Mahoney at SCT. Gregg’s previous utility industry experience includes serving as chief information officer with South Carolina Electric and Gas.
Mark Gabriel has been appointed global marketing and strategic planning vice president at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). He is responsible for marketing, strategic planning and communications, including management of EPRI’s Web-based product line of more than 1,400 projects.