News Briefs

Contract Awards and Extensions

Between August and October, Distribution Control Systems Inc. (DCSI) announced a slew of AMR system orders from electric cooperatives. Arkansas-based Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative, Illinois-based Clay Electric Cooperative, Missouri-based Co-Mo Electric Cooperative, Texas-based Guadalupe Valley Electric Cooperative, Minnesota-based Lake Region Electric Cooperative, Florida-based Lee County Electric Cooperative, and Texas-based Pedernales Electric Cooperative all signed contracts for deployments of DCSI’s TWACS AMR system.

Commonwealth Edison has entered into two separate substation construction contracts as part of its plan to ensure reliability in the wake of its summer 1999 outages. ComEd recently entered into a $44 million turnkey contract with ABB to build a new substation to meet growing demand in downtown Chicago. ComEd also has a $150 to $200 million contract with General Electric Co. to provide engineering and construction services for ComEd substations outside the Chicago central business district.

Georgia-based Dalton Utilities has awarded Invensys Process Systems a $7.4 million contract for turnkey installation of Foxboro I/A Series SCADA systems, including RTUs, field instrumentation and enclosures at more than 100 remote sites.

Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions

The Associated Press reports that Northwest Natural Gas Co. has agreed to buy Portland General Electric Co. for $1.8 billion in cash and stock. The deal will combine Oregon’s largest natural gas and electric utilities.

Siemens Power Transmission & Distribution Inc. announced that its Telegyr Systems division will be fully merged into the company. The Telegyr energy management systems business will be integrated into Siemens’ existing Energy Management and Information Systems (EMIS) division. The Telegyr RTU business will become part of Siemens’ Power Automation division.

Itron Inc. has forged an agreement with eMobile Data Corp. that provides Itron with exclusive rights to market and sell eMobile Data’s Service-Link mobile workforce management solution to utilities throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, Taiwan, the Peoples Republic of China, Japan and South Korea.

Having completed its business partner training in ArcFM, Jones, Edmunds & Associates, an engineering firm based in Gainesville, Fla., will be working with Miner & Miner to provide Miner & Miner’s AM/FM/GIS solutions to utilities in the southeastern United States.

Personnel Changes and Promotions

William Mahoney, Excelergy’s CEO, has been named to the executive committee of the Washington, D.C.-based National Energy Marketers Association. The association brings together energy marketing, service and technology firms to work with regulators and other stakeholders to promote open, price-competitive energy markets.

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