News Briefs

Contract Awards and Extensions

South Carolina-based Palmetto Electric Cooperative has placed a 5,000-unit order to begin deployment of American Innovations‘ AIMetering System for automatic meter reading. Palmetto reportedly will forgo a pilot project and begin deployment immediately.

Dynegy Inc. has contracted Alstom ESCA to install a generation management system in Houston and remote data acquisition systems at 20 locations across the United States. The SCADA systems are meant to provide Dynegy’s energy traders with accurate, real-time data on generation capacity and production costs.

Cobb EMC, Georgia’s largest electric cooperative, has chosen CES International‘s Centricity operations resource management system to support its customer service e-business plan and its outage management program.

Brownsville Public Utilities Board of Brownsville, Texas, has forged a contract with Navigant Consulting Inc. to provide applications development and services to support the utility’s GIS. Navigant will assist with integration and implementation as the Brownsville PUB moves to ESRI’s ArcInfo 8 and makes other enhancements to its GIS.

Vancouver-based BC Gas Inc. will implement the MobileUP field workforce automation solution from Utility Partners as part of the utility’s integrated resource management project. MobileUP creates, schedules, routes, dispatches and completes field technician work orders.

Portland General Electric (PGE) has purchased ABB Electricity Metering’s EnergyAxis AMR server, a large-scale meter data collection and management system. The contract provides PGE with remote metering, high-volume data warehousing and management for metered data; ABB’s Alpha electronic meters, Alpha Stars communications software and hardware for remote data access; and an interface with Whisper Communication’s e-Telemetry network management software.

The City of Tempe, Ariz., has ordered 8,000 Firefly automatic meter reading devices from to expand the city’s AMR implementation throughout their 40,000 commercial and residential meters. The city is also implementing’s Roadrunner Mobile, a drive-by meter reading solution.

Florida Power & Light Co. has chosen Alstom ESCA to deliver an integrated energy management system and distribution management system to its control center. The integrated system will monitor and control FPL’s entire transmission and distribution grid.

Alliances, Mergers and Acquisitions

Cinergy Corp. has formed a financial and strategic alliance with Convergent Group in which Cinergy will purchase about 5 percent of Convergent Group’s common stock in two phases. Convergent Group will co-develop and implement an Internet-based customer service program for Cinergy. The agreement makes Cinergy the first client to fully implement Convergent’s Digital Utility solution.

Energy management solution provider Silicon Energy has acquired SRC Systems Inc., a provider of energy analysis software and services. The acquisition will add in-depth energy accounting and analysis capabilities to Silicon’s EEM software suite.

After nearly three years of negotiation, American Electric Power (AEP) finalized its acquisition of Central and South West Corp. in mid-June. AEP now controls 38,000 miles of transmission lines and 186,000 miles of distribution lines, serving customers in 11 states.

Southern Company subsidiary Southern Company Energy Solutions has formed an alliance with S&C Electric Co. to provide power quality solutions to Southern Company’s customers. The solutions will utilize S&C’s PureWave Power-Electronics Switch along with other S&C T&D products.

Personnel Changes and Promotions

Baltimore Gas and Electric Co. (BGE) has named Kenneth W. DeFontes Jr. as its electric transmission and distribution vice president. Formerly, DeFontes was manager, corporate strategy and development for BGE’s parent company, the Constellation Energy Group.

Jeffrey L. Ceccareli has been named Sierra Pacific Power Co.’s new president. Ceccarelli, a 28-year veteran of Sierra Pacific, has held management positions in engineering, construction and customer service. In 1998, he was named distribution services vice president.

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