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Fortnightly Magazine - May 2010

surface-to-volume of Halloysite, as well as its chemical stability, to provide improved electrolyte performance in high energy storage capacitors such as ultracapacitors and supercapacitors. These devices hold the potential to surpass batteries in applications such as hybrid and pure electric vehicles, cordless tools and appliances, and other distributed power applications due to their long life, extremely fast recharge times, and lower environmental impact at the end of their useful life.

Energy Services

RentBureau launched UtilityView, a reporting product that provides energy companies with multifamily housing data that can help maximize returns on new business bids. UtilityView reports address occupancy rate, resident risk, payment behavior, apartment turnover and demographics – key markers that utility companies can use to decide which communities are best to target for new business. Gas South, one of Georgia’s fastest-growing natural gas marketers, partnered with RentBureau to test the UtilityView beta, and now has elected to purchase the reporting tool.

Energy Automation Systems, Inc. (EASI) announced that Trevecca Nazarene University of Nashville, Tenn., has installed energy-saving technologies developed by EASI that

are estimated to reduce energy use by nearly 15 percent. EASI’s technologies were installed in the 25,000 square-foot A. B. Mackey Building, built in 1961. The three-story building serves as classroom space and home of the School of Education. Payback on the $17,000 project is expected in less than 34 months and there is a 30-year life expectancy of the EASI technologies.

Vertex signed a multi-year contract to consolidate, upgrade, and host NorthWestern Energy’s existing customer information systems (CIS). NorthWestern Energy provides electricity and natural gas, serving approximately 661,000 customers in Montana, Wyoming, South Dakota and Nebraska. NorthWestern Energy already uses Vertex E-CIS customer information platforms, which are Vertex hosted or supported. With the new contract, Vertex will be upgrading and consolidating the existing E-CIS databases into one hosted eCIS+ platform, the next generation enterprise CIS from Vertex. With eCIS+, NorthWestern Energy expects to streamline and gain efficiencies within contact center and billing operations while reducing costs. In addition, the company will be providing enhanced customer care through better online customer self-service functionality.