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Fortnightly Magazine - November 2010

vehicles start entering the Puget Sound marketplace this fall. The “Get Plug-In Ready—Now!” workshop was coordinated by Puget Sound New Energy Solutions, a partnership of Central Puget Sound municipalities, utilities, housing and transit authorities.

Viridity Energy received a $900,000 grant for a pilot project with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), the nation’s sixth largest public transit organization. Viridity will deploy its software to allow SEPTA to run a pilot project to install regenerative braking systems on trains at the City of Philadelphia’s busiest subway line. Electricity captured by the systems would be stored, with excess energy offered for sale at a premium to PJM grid operators. Viridity says the system is intended to reduce SEPTA’s operating costs and carbon footprint and also help stabilize the grid.

Ford and Oncor are coordinating efforts to help prepare North Texas for the operation of EVs. Ford and Oncor will work together to develop consumer outreach and education programs on EVs, as well as share information on charging needs and requirements to ensure the electrical grid can support demand. Cooperation between Ford and Oncor also involves working with the state and local governments on the most efficient ways to bring EVs to North Texas.

Oncor says it has installed more than 1 million of its planned 3.4 million smart meters, capable of providing information to help customers charge EVs when rates are lowest. Oncor added that it will build about 850 miles of new transmission lines from Competitive Renewable Energy Zones (CREZ) in West Texas to the rest of the state by 2013, enabling EVs to be powered from renewable energy sources.

ABB and General Motors have signed a non-exclusive MOU to cooperate on a research and development project that will investigate uses for EV batteries once their useful life in the vehicle is over. The project will examine the potential of reusing spent lithium-ion battery packs from GM’s electric car, the Chevy Volt, as a means of providing cost-effective energy storage capacity. According to GM, the Volt’s battery still will have significant capacity to store electrical energy, even after its automotive life is over.


Echelon Corp.’s board appointed Ron Sege as president and CEO and the company’s board. He most recently served as president and COO of 3Com from 2008 through its acquisition by HP.

Orion Energy Systems named Michael Potts its president and COO. Potts served most recently as Orion’s executive v.p., building on a more than 20-year career in energy management.

Sensus selected David Elve as v.p. of industry solutions. Elve will lead the regulatory and standards environment and support the company’s global smart-grid initiatives. Elve brings 20 years of utility and IT experience with leading international companies, including Enspiria Solutions, Landis+Gyr and Atos Origin. Most recently, Elve was v.p. with Enspiria, recently acquired by Black & Veatch.

ARCADIS, the international design, consulting, engineering and management services company, hired Debbie J. Vreeland as v.p. serving ARCADIS’ energy market sector, based in Billings, Mont.