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ELP Volume 77 Issue 9

Automated meters

Wisconsin Public Service selected Distribution Control Systems Inc.`s TWACS (Two-Way Automatic Communication System) to automate electric and gas meters at residential and commercial service locations, entering into a multi-million dollar contract for equipment and services continuing into 2000.

Mobile computing

Future Horizons Inc., a supplier of work execution systems for utilities and telecom companies, announced its support of Oracle8i Lite. Oracle8i Lite, is the mobile component of the Oracle Internet platform designed to eliminate the complexity of mobile computing. This user-friendly database solution is automatically downloaded from the server to the user`s computer whenever needed.

Integrated GIS

Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative and Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative selected Intergraph Utilities and Intellisource to integrate GIS across the greater Washington D.C. area. Intergraph Utilities will provide its AM/FM/GIS software, FRAMME, as well as an electric application template to enable rapid implementation. Intellisource will provide the overall project management and outsourcing services. The project objective is to implement a Geospatial

Y2K liability specter prompts need for alternative mediation process

Executives should cringe at the thought that electric utilities` year 2000 (Y2K) readiness might be judged by the "prudence" standard previously applied to nuclear power plants and other large construction projects under the regulatory microscope of state public utility commissions. The popular press, utility financial analysts, and legal pundits worry about a possible tidal wave of litigation relating to Y2K disputes. The predicted tidal wave, however, may only amount to a trickle if advocates

Wireless modem

Carolina Power & Light Co. (CP&L) selected the TransData MARK-V Series Electricity Meter equipped with a wireless modem for metering their major industrial accounts. This project marks the first major deployment of commercial and industrial electricity meters equipped with ARDIS wireless AMR technology by an investor-owned electric utility. The MARK-V meters are equipped with an internal Motorola wireless modem and proprietary internal antenna design housed completely under glass to communicate

Activities-based management helps utility measure profitability

Until recently, utilities have not identified cost management as a critical factor to future success. While cost management clearly contributes to the success of any business, regulated or unregulated, current economic forces driven by emerging regulatory changes have raised cost management in the electric power industry to a level of paramount importance.

Anomaly no more; prices spike again

Analysts predicting that last year`s price spike would repeat itself (Electric Light & Power among them) were vindicated in late July, as prices surged throughout the Midwest and South.