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AES NewEnergy selects RETX

RETX has been contracted by AES NewEnergy to provide its load response management system for the New England area. The RETX Load Management Dispatcher service will be used by AES NewEnergy to participate in ISO New England’s load response program.

Aggreko launches portable line

Aggreko’s portable electrical distribution equipment is the first such line to be listed by Underwriters Laboratories (UL), according to Aggreko. Prior to Aggreko’s UL-listed portable distribution equipment, companies installing or moving electrical distribution equipment that was not third-party listed had to receive approval from a governing body to comply with National Electric Code Section 90.7.

TXU Energy joins Neptune

TXU Energy, a subsidiary of TXU, will provide $15 million in development capital to Atlantic Energy Partners LLC, the consortium developing the Neptune Regional Transmission System, a 1,200 MW transmission link between New Jersey and New York. The development capital will allow Atlantic energy Partners to complete NeptuneRTS permitting, achieve financing and start construction. NeptuneRTS is a proposed undersea cable transmission system with two planned 600 MW links between New Jersey and New York.

DSTAR software locates cable

The Distribution Systems Testing, Application, and Research (DSTAR) program has developed a graphically-oriented software for calculating the parameters of underground distribution cables. Cable Electrical Parameters Software (CEPS) performs calculations for cables arranged in a variety of configurations with and without a separate ground wire.

Empire State looks to demand response

A coordinated campaign among energy agencies, New York’s electricity market and grid operator, and large electric utility companies is expected to enable New York to reduce demand for electricity by at least 1,300 MW, should the need arise this. Among the programs highlighted are three administered by the New York Independent System Operator (NYISO): the Emergency Demand Response Program, the Day-Ahead Demand Response Program and the Special Case Resources Program. All three programs provide payments to large-scale electricity consumers or aggregated groups of consumers for reducing electricity consumption during times of peak demand.

SeTrans grid plan criticized

The proposed SeTrans grid is getting some mild disapproval from industrial sources (mostly steel companies) and Duke Energy Corp. Participating in the FERC review of the proposal (where the commission reviews industry input), the dissenters filed their disapproval of the plan in early August; they say it leaves a little too much power with the transmission owners. They would like more power transferred to the independent system operator of SeTrans.

PECO installs automated meter

PECO Energy and its partners are completing the deployment of the largest meter automation project in the nation, according to the company. It installed its two millionth meter this past week in suburban Philadelphia. PECO said the project is moving along, with completion anticipated later this year. The project deploys SchlumbergerSema’s new solid-state CENTRON meter.

Cargill, ERMCO, Waverly form alliance

Cargill Industrial Oils and Lubricants has purchased Waverly Light and Power’s technology and patents for a soy-based transformer oil used in electrical transformers and related products. Cargill will make this BioTrans brand soy-based product the cornerstone for a line of bio-based transformer fluids employing Waverly’s technology. Electric Research and Manufacturing Cooperative (ERMCO) will offer BioTrans fluid in its electrical transformers and has exclusive rights to market BioTrans fluid to the industry in Canada, the U.S. and Mexico.

ALSTOM wins contract

ALSTOM has won a order in excess of 10 million euros for three high-voltage direct current (HVDC) converter transformers with Canadian utility Manitoba Hydro. This brings the total number of such transformers ordered by the utility from ALSTOM to 15 in the past four years. Two 500 kV transformers will go to the Henday converter station in northern Manitoba and a 500 kV transformer will be delivered to the Dorsey converter station in southern Manitoba.

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