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Fortnightly Magazine - March 2011

infrastructure (AMI) capabilities. Tropos’ GridCom architecture will provide the private wireless IP communications network across the distribution area, initially supporting backhaul of data collected by Elster’s EnergyAxis system. Naperville also will use combined solutions from Schneider and Calico Energy Services to provide load control management services. The initiative is aimed at modernizing the electric grid to improve operational efficiencies and reliability, and to provide Naperville electric customers with more information and options for choosing how they use electricity.

Entergy New Orleans selected Sensus to provide its FlexNet AMI system, electric meters, in-home displays and programmable thermostats to support a home area networking pilot program partially funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy. The pilot program is designed to encourage energy conservation by providing information to consumers about their electricity usage and their associated costs. For the next 24 months, starting in June, Entergy New Orleans will track and analyze the consumption behaviors of four specific customer control groups made up of qualified customers within the city of New Orleans. Customers in the first group will receive a smart meter; the second group will receive a smart meter and an in-home display that will deliver messages about electricity usage and associated costs; the third group will receive a smart meter and programmable thermostat, and will also be offered demand-response rebates; and the fourth group will have access to an Internet portal that will display near real-time information about electricity usage.

OG&E deployed the Silver Spring Networks CustomerIQ web portal to all customers equipped with a Silver Spring-enabled smart meter, providing access to insights about energy usage. The deployment is part of OG&E’s demand-response study, now in its second year.

M&A

GE Energy Financial Services and the Government of Singapore Investment Corp. each acquired 24.95 percent of a 2,500 MW natural gas fired power generation portfolio owned by ArcLight Capital Partners , which will retain 50.10 percent. The plants, located throughout the state of Georgia, comprise a combined cycle facility and four single-cycle peaking facilities, each less than 10 years old. All five facilities sell their output under long-term agreements and are managed by Consolidated Asset Management Services, an ArcLight affiliate. Financial details weren’t disclosed.

OCI Enterprises acquired CornerStone Power Development as part of its new OCI Energy division. CornerStone Power Development, which currently has 12 projects totaling more than 130 MW in development in the United States and Ontario, Canada, will become OCI Solar Power and will be a part of the new OCI Energy division, created to further the company’s global focus on green energy. The company expects to have 700 MW under development by 2013.

Flex Energy completed its acquisition of Ingersoll Rand’s energy systems business, which builds micro turbine systems and recuperators. Sail Venture Partners and RNS Capital Partners are lead investors in FlexEnergy, having participated in both a Series A and Series B offering, and are actively involved in the company at the board level.

 

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