Black and Veatch expands smart grid capabilities with Enspiria acquisition

Overland Park, Kan., March 18, 2010 — Black and Veatch continues to expand its smart grid suite of services with the acquisition of Enspiria Solutions, a strategic planning and systems integration company headquartered in Denver, Colo.

More than 35 utilities have already turned to the Enspiria team for help in defining and implementing their smart grid programs.

These programs go beyond the electric meter and place energy conservation and demand management into the homes of consumers by making available real-time pricing and consumption information. In total, the company has helped to define and implement smart grid programs that benefit about 60 million utility customers across North America.

Black and Veatch has a solid and long-standing reputation for excellence in providing utilities and telecommunications companies with engineering, consulting and construction expertise in the smart grid and utility automation markets, while Enspiria brings unparalleled strategic smart grid planning expertise,” said Chip Scott, President of Enspiria. “Together, we can provide complete concept through completion services, providing our clients a single point of contact for planning, developing and implementing this complex infrastructure.”

Enspiria will become part of Black and Veatch’s management consulting division that provides clients with a wide range of advisory solutions in business and regulatory strategy, financial feasibility, rate development, bond financing, asset valuation and evaluation, resource planning, risk management and business applications.

Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Black and Veatch is a global engineering, consulting and construction company specializing in infrastructure development in energy, water, telecommunications, management consulting, federal and environmental markets.

Enspiria Solutions is a leading provider of smart grid consulting and program integration services. With a unique combination of experience, strategy, and implementation skills, Enspiria’s professionals provide in-depth smart grid technology expertise and services by defining and delivering complete solutions that benchmark the intelligent utilities, and cable and telecommunication companies of tomorrow.

Specific areas of expertise include: smart meter and meter data management systems, demand response, transmission and distribution management systems, consumer portal and energy management systems, outage management systems, geographical information systems, work and asset management, regulatory submission assistance and expert witness testimony.



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