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Fortnightly Magazine - May 2011

This unit can be used to tap into 480V AC from a variety of sources including generators and direct grid power, which it then steps down to usable voltages, and includes a dedicated 480-volt feed through for connecting a welding station.

Demand Response Coordinating Committee (DRCC) is changing its membership structure to become a home for individuals that consider themselves DR and smart grid professionals. To reflect this change, the DRCC has changed its name to the Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS).

Infosys Technologies and Oracle completed a business transformation program incorporating the implementation of Oracle Utilities network management system at Seattle City Light, one of the nation’s largest municipally owned utilities. The Oracle system, selected in 2009, provides real-time information sharing to help Seattle City Light coordinate service restoration efforts.

Elster is working with Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) to deliver a comprehensive hosted smart grid solution that will empower utilities with a variety of advanced functionalities across electric, water and gas infrastructures. The full life-cycle offering will enable utility customers the opportunity to realize the benefits of smart grid as a service (SGaaS), such as demand response (DR), distribution automation (DA), meter data management (MDM), voltage conservation, transformer monitoring, EV charging and more. The joint solution will build on Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid solution and SAIC’s Tier 3 SAS 70 Type II service.

Progress Energy selected IBM as the lead systems integrator for the utility’s smart grid program. IBM will provide expertise in smart grid technologies; system planning, architecture, integration and implementation; business process design and development; and business analytics.


Alstom acquired Utility Integration Solutions Inc. (UISOL) of Santa Clara, California. UISOL, a systems integration company, develops and commercializes DRBizNet, a software platform for demand response management. UISOL will be a wholly-owned Alstom Grid subsidiary, maintaining its consulting and systems integration business lines, and will leverage Alstom’s worldwide presence to grow on international markets. Alstom Grid plans to invest in UISOL’s software division to expand its DRBizNet solution and meet growing customer requirements.

DPL Inc. purchased Chicago-based retail electricity supplier MC Squared Energy Services, LLC (mc2), which serves approximately 2,000 customer accounts in northern Illinois. The transaction will be executed by DPL’s retail electric subsidiary, DPL Energy Resources (DPLER) as purchaser. Terms weren’t disclosed. DPLER markets electricity to commercial and business customers in Ohio.


TRC Companies acquired privately-held Alexander Utility Engineering (AUE) through a combination of cash, stock and subordinated debt. Headquartered in San Antonio, Texas, AUE is an engineering and design firm that provides a range of services to the electric utility and communications utility marketplaces. AUE’s revenue for 2010 was approximately $3 million. TRC expects the transaction to be accretive in fiscal 2011.