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Fortnightly Magazine - March 2011
Central Maine Power contracted TRC Companies to provide engineering, design and procurement services for five substation projects. Pictured: Progress on the new Albion Road Substation in Benton, Maine.

from AES Gener for 20 MW of A123’s advanced energy storage solutions for a spinning reserve project at the site of the new 500 MW Angamos power plant in Northern Chile. The project expands the relationship between A123 and AES Energy Storage and is AES’ second in Chile to use A123 energy storage technology. In 2009 the companies announced the commercial operation of a 12-MW spinning reserve project at AES Gener’s Los Andes substation in the Atacama Desert, reportedly the first energy storage system deployed in Chile. The energy storage capacity is intended to help Gener maintain the stability of its electric grid.

The U.S. Army Communications-Electronics Research, Development, and Engineering Center awarded UltraCell a contract to advance a fuel cell system for the Coalition Warfare Program. The contract award is valued at $999,000. Under the contract, UltraCell engineers will use a 150-Watt fuel cell system prototype, originally developed for the United Kingdom Ministry of Defense.

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The 30 MW Cimarron solar facility, developed by Southern Company and Ted Turner, went online in December 2010.

Central Maine Power (CMP) awarded an $11.4 million contract to TRC Companies to provide engineering, design and procurement services associated with the modification and expansion of five existing substations. The project is part of a CMP program to modernize Maine’s transmission system. Under the contract, TRC will deliver detailed designs for the expansion of the five substations, 345 kV and 115 kV in size. TRC will also manage the procurement of materials associated with design and construction and will provide overall project management services.

Southern California Edison (SCE) implemented and deployed Autodesk’s utility solutions to its transmission and distribution business unit. The solution, which includes Autodesk utility design software and subscription professional services, is helping SCE to streamline workflows where engineering and construction standards are linked to the design process.

ABB’s Network Manager market management system (MMS) is being used to administer the wholesale power market for the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) . Under the management of ABB’s MMS, which ABB says is fully compatible with existing third-party systems, the new market system will deliver rapid and detailed electricity price calculations and scheduling, enabling effective management of electricity supply and demand.

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Constellation Energy is using Verizon connectivity to provide access to its customer energy management applications.

Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley appointed Eric Wachsman and George Ashton to the board of directors of the Maryland Clean Energy Center .

Ronald Moe was named vice president of SAIC Energy’s Asset Transaction Services Practice . Previously Moe served as the senior vice president and head of Ventyx Advisors. He also held management positions at R. W. Beck, now an SAIC company; Jacobs Consultancy; and Stone & Webster Management Consultants.

Evergreen Solar appointed Donald W. Reilly as CFO, Reilly replaces Paul Kawa who had been serving as interim CFO since September 2010.

Southwest Solar Technologies appointed Bradley P. Forst as its new CEO. Forst was formerly the president and CEO of Simula and president and CEO of Gradient Analytics Inc.

Cupertino Electric announced that former v.p. of Energy Alternatives John Curcio has been promoted to COO. Paul Aggarwal is taking over Curcio’s role in the Energy Alternatives Division as v.p. of operations.

Conservation Services Group announced Janja Lupse as