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Vendor Neutral

Fortnightly Magazine - February 2011

and existing energy facilities, including pipelines and natural gas storage facilities, electric power generation and transmission, and alternative energy facilities. They specialize in the development and comprehensive environmental permitting of gas storage and pipeline projects.

Metering

Silicon Valley Power (SVP) , the City of Santa Clara’s municipal electric utility, selected Elster’s EnergyAxis Smart Grid solution for deployment across its service area. As part of the SVP Meter Connect program, EnergyAxis will provide AMI for businesses and residents of Santa Clara. Tropos Networks will provide the infrastructure for backhaul transfer of the data collected and managed by EnergyAxis. 

PECO, a subsidiary of Exelon Corp., signed a contract to purchase and deploy of the Sensus FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) communications network and smart meters for more than 1.6 million customers over the next 10 years. PECO expects the investment to serve its outage management, distribution automation and voltage monitoring applications. Sensus says the FlexNet technology will give PECO clear and reliable communications in a dense urban environment via FCC-licensed spectrum and will support future smart grid applications.

Itron and Silver Spring Networks finalized an expanded agreement to integrate Itron’s Centron II electricity meters, 100G gas ERT modules and 100W water ERT modules with Silver Spring’s smart energy platform. Under the terms of the agreement, the companies have addressed the technical, functional and solution delivery issues required to deliver a multi-vendor advanced metering solution for gas, water and electricity providers. This further extends the company’s existing agreement that provides for compatibility of the Itron CENTRON I electricity meter with the Silver Spring platform.

Smart Grid

Survalent Technology commissioned a new SCADA system for City of Opelika Light and Power . The new system features Survalent’s dual-redundant open-architecture system based on Windows Server 2008, and includes several of Survalent’s open system applications.

AT&T and Elster signed a new agreement that will enable comprehensive end-to-end wireless solutions for utilities. The combined offering enables utilities to integrate distribution area networking from AT&T’s high speed, cellular data network with Elster’s Energy Axis AMI solution.

The Demand Response and Smart Grid Coalition (DRSG) added six new members: Intel, Ingersoll Rand, Siemens, Schneider Electric, UISOL, and Constellation NewEnergy. DRSG is the trade association for companies that provide products and services in the areas of demand response and smart grid technologies and practices. DRSG works to educate and provide information to policymakers, utilities, consumers, and other key stakeholders to support efforts aimed at modernizing the electricity system and introducing smart grid practices.

Trilliant completed its pilot and was selected to implement the smart metering communications infrastructure at Burbank Water and Power (BWP). BWP, a recipient of an American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA) grant, deployed about 1,000 commercial and residential meters during Phase I of its smart grid pilot program. As part of the initial deployment, all of BWP’s customers using 250 kW and above were converted to time-of-use rates.

EVs & Storage

The first five all-electric Mitsubishi i-MiEVs have arrived in Boucherville, according to Hydro-Québec and Mitsubishi Motor Sales of Canada (MMSCAN) . Hydro-Québec will be leading the