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Fortnightly Magazine - May 2011

2011 and March 2014.

Columbia Power Technologies deployed its first SeaRay wave-power prototype system in Puget Sound. The sea trials represent a milestone in moving from the pre-commercial stage toward commercial viability for wave power, which generates electricity from ocean swells. Late last year, Columbia Power secured a $2 million Series A private equity infusion from the Oregon Angel Fund, and plans another investment round in 2011.

Metering

Duke Energy chose Verizon Wireless to provide a telecommunications network for the Envision: Charlotte building efficiency project. Duke Energy will gather and aggregate energy usage data from about 70 participating buildings in Charlotte’s 1.94 square mile I-277 inner-belt loop. The information will then be streamed to large interactive lobby-level screens provided by Cisco. Building tenants will see the nearly real-time commercial energy consumption data for the community and suggested actions they can take to reduce their personal energy usage in the office.

DTE Energy plans to install an additional 350,000 electric meters to provide the backbone for its SmartCurrents program, which will allow electric customers to communicate with the company, provide detailed information about their energy usage and recognize power outages without customer input. DTE Energy has installed about 250,000 smart meters so far, and expects about 600,000 meters will be installed by early 2012.

The National Rural Telecommunications Cooperative (NRTC) entered a value-added reseller (VAR) agreement with Sensus. Through the partnership NRTC will offer Sensus smart grid technologies to its members including the FlexNet advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system, smart meters, distribution automation and demand response solutions. In response to requests from co-op members for a wireless AMI solution, NRTC evaluated various technologies before partnering with Sensus.

SECO Energy selected Sensus as its smart grid technology provider. Sensus will provide the Florida cooperative its FlexNet AMI communications network and more than 172,000 electric meters equipped with remote connect and disconnect capabilities. SECO selected Sensus after a six-month pilot test of the FlexNet AMI network and 1,200 electric meters. SECO expects the smart grid program will help reduce the cost and staff time required for manual meter reads and will alert the utility about meter theft and tampering.

Conservation & Efficiency

Lockheed Martin was selected to implement and manage the Con Edison commercial and industrial (C&I) energy efficiency programs. Con Edison promotes the program to C&I customers in New York City and Westchester County.

Servidyne started work on an approximately $1.3 million energy efficiency project for Cobb County, Ga . The project, which is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) through the energy efficiency and conservation block grant program, is expected to save Cobb County’s taxpayers at least $300,000 a year in avoided utility costs. The company expects to complete its project work by about September 2011.

The Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, Pa., awarded a contract to Honeywell to help upgrade its infrastructure and save an estimated $2.5 million in utility and operating costs. Honeywell says the $2.4-million energy conservation and building modernization program, which is supported by ARRA funds, will reduce water and energy consumption,