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News Digest

Fortnightly Magazine - October 1 1999

at a reasonable cost for customers in an industrial park. The contract to develop and evaluate the country's first premium power park was awarded by EPRI, formerly the Electric Power Research Institute, the science and technology development organization for the power industry. Premium power park technologies are designed to compensate for typical erratic power delivery and to protect sensitive electronic and electrical devices. The concept requires integration within a utility's distribution system of several state-of-the-art power quality devices that previously have been used only as stand-alone pieces of equipment.

EPRI and Eskom, the largest utility in South Africa, have agreed to established a joint center for environmental projects and training in Johannesburg, South Africa. Eskom supplies 95 percent of South Africa's electricity requirements, which equals more than half the electricity generated on the African continent. Eskom and EPRI will jointly offer training and technology transfer, not only to those in the electric utility business, but also to other industries desiring environmental expertise. Because of increasing environmental awareness, changing legislation and the need for international expertise, the need for environmental training in South Africa is substantial.

Sierra Pacific Energy Co. has filed an application to obtain its license to sell electricity to residential and business customers in Nevada. In addition, it is asking for approval to offer billing, customer service and metering services. Nevadans are able to choose their electric provider beginning March 1, 2000.

News Digest was compiled by Carl J. Levesque, editorial assistant, Lori A. Burkhart and Phil Cross, contributing legal editors, and Bruce W. Radford, editor-in-chief. For continual news updates, see


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