Study says size does matter: A recent study by R.J. Rudden Associates, which looked at the T&D operations of more than 100 utilities in 1996 and 2002, concluded that size does matter, but good management matters more. The author of “T&D Economies of Scale and the Mysteriously Fitted Curve,” Leonard Hyman, observed that “the most inefficient companies were among the smallest, and the largest companies tend to be efficient. But, far more efficient companies were of small to medium size. In other words, scale may help, but good management, or sheer luck, helps even more.”
Itron, SmartSynch team: Itron has reached an agreement with Madison Gas & Electric for the Wisconsin-based utility to purchase 1,200 solid-state electricity meters equipped with SmartSynch’s SmartMeter technology. The utility recently completed automation of nearly 250,000 residential electric and gas meters using Itron automatic meter reading technology. (Madison Gas & Electric purchased Elster A3 meters to complete its full automation.)
New Brunswick implements StakeOut: MiniMax Corp. announced that New Brunswick Power will implement StakeOut, the company’s field design system. New Brunswick Power plans to use StakeOut to improve communication between their five regional offices through automation.
Cobb to deploy Intergraph: Cobb Electric Membership Corporation (Cobb EMC) has purchased Intergraph’s InService suite for outage and mobile workforce management. Cobb EMC, located in Marietta, Ga., will use InService to replace its manual method of locating outages and dispatching crews.
Dynegy chooses OM: Dynegy has selected OM to provide systems and operations solutions for Dynegy’s entry as an active participant into the Midwest ISO market. OM will provide Dynegy with POMAX Administrator, which offers trading, contract management, scheduling, settlement and billing, dispatch instruction management and market interface.
Chicago Ridge to go demand response: Electric City has entered into an agreement with Chicago Ridge to participate in the development of a 50 MW power curtailment system for Commonwealth Edison.
Southern increases commitment: Southern Company recently extended its Power of Flight bird habit conservation partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation for another four years. Also, the company announced a separate partnership with the Foundation to restore the South’s signature longleaf pine ecosystem to conserve biological diversity and sequester carbon. Conservation efforts will focus on areas within the service territories of Southern Company’s five operating companies: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric.