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Moody’s assigns A2 credit rating on Sacramento municipal utility district despite power situation

Moody's has given a surprisingly high credit rating to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District's latest bonds, considering how most utilities in the state are weathering the effect of high prices and costs for energy.

Northern California slips into darkness

Northern California's Silicon Valley slipped into darkness Wednesday, the first to feel the effect of rotating outages ordered by the California Independent System Operator.

IT Bits

Avista Corp. Internet subsidiary Avista Advantage has signed an agreement with GE exchange services to access the company's electronic data interchange (EDI) network.


The Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) has awarded a GIS data conversion project to Apex Data Services, a data conversion provider to the utility and government markets. Apex will build a GFramme spatial database from SMUD's electric facilities maps and records and collect field data to supplement existing records.

Sacramento utility chooses GIS provider for data conversion project

A Sacramento utility will use an open-system, Oracle-based conversion system for its far-reaching data conversion project. The project, to be performed by Apex Data Services, represents one of the first full implementations of Intergraph's new GFramme product.

J.D. Power, Navigant let customers voice kudos, complaints about their utilities

Customer satisfaction has become both buzzword and dead horse in this uncomfortable hiatus between regulation and deregulation.

Pretty Womans revenge

By now you`ve probably heard about the new Julia Roberts movie, Erin Brockovich. If you haven`t, it`s based on the true story of a legal assistant (Brockovich) who in 1992 began helping attorney Ed Masry win a $333 million settlement against Pacific Gas & Electric. The settlement involved 650 people who blamed PG&E for a water supply contaminated with the gene-damaging hexavalent chrom- ium, which plaintiffs said caused cancer and other illnesses in Hinkley, Calif.

Calpine sells Sutter generation:

Calpine signed an agreement to sell power for five years to the Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) from its 545 MW Sutter power plant, which is under construction in Sutter County, north of Sacramento, Calif. Calpine will provide 150 MW of electricity beginning in mid-2001. The contract represents SMUD`s first with a merchant power plant.

Specifications on the Utility Consultant

With deregulation and rapidly advancing technologies, the utility industry is now discovering the tremendous opportunities for growth and exposure to new markets. Each utility looking at future growth or at entering a new market can greatly benefit from the knowledge of various consulting firms.