Engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contracts are evolving as utilities seek to spread risks, contain costs, and execute their business strategies. As a result, turnkey contractors are...
supply smart metering and meter data management systems. Itron will provide its OpenWay smart meters, run over a multi-application communication network powered by Cisco.
EVs and Storage
Duke Energy plans to store electricity generated at its Notrees Windpower project in west Texas using an energy storage and power management system developed by Austin-based Xtreme Power . Duke Energy will work with the Energy Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to integrate the wind power and battery storage system into the state’s independent power grid. The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) will advise the project team, collect data and help assess the potential for broader adoption of energy storage solutions throughout the industry. Duke Energy is targeting an in-service date for the battery storage system by late 2012.
Siemens Energy was commissioned to install five multi-level electric vehicle (EV) charging stations to support Loudoun County, Va.’s new commuter park-and-ride lot in Scott Jenkins Memorial Park. Siemens multi-level charging stations are designed for public outdoor applications. The stations deliver Level II charging and Level I charging through two separate outputs, which can deliver energy simultaneously. Siemens’ EV charging stations will be equipped with connectivity via the ChargePoint Network, which allows access to all manufacturers of vehicle charging stations, provides station monitoring and driver support, and mobile apps for station status and charging notifications. The stations were scheduled to be installed at the Loudoun County park in May 2011.
The EA Technology Group collaborated with Energetix Pnu Power to market compressed air batteries worldwide. Headquartered close to Energetix Pnu Power in Capenhurst, U.K., EA Technology will use its network of offices in the United States, China, Middle East and Australia, together with 35 distribution partners, to develop sales of Pnu Power products in a range of power backup and uninterruptible power supply applications. These include utility switching, industrial processes and data centers.
Newmark Energy Solutions (NES) formed strategic relationships with UTC Power Corp. (UTC), Newmark Knight Frank , and Austin Energy Partners Solutions (AEP) to market, deliver, maintain and warranty fuel cells to commercial real estate markets across the United States. NES distributes UTC Power stationary fuel-cell units in the United States, and plans to permit, design, finance, construct, and operate a fleet of UTC fuel cells, installing 20 MW of capacity each year. Under the strategic relationship with Newmark Energy Solutions, UTC will provide fuel-cell product and support, while Newmark brings commercial real estate resources and expertise. AEP is expected to provide risk management expertise.
SightLogix appointed Jack Tomarchio to its board of directors. Tomarchio is a former deputy secretary for intelligence and analysis operations under Pres. George W. Bush. Before that Tomarchio practiced law with an expertise in national security issues. He recently retired as a colonel from the United States Army Reserve where his last assignment was with the United States Special Operations Command.
Ross Malme joined Skipping Stone as a partner and member of the board of directors as an equity owner. Malme previously held executive-level roles with Schneider Electric’s demand response resource center, Enron Energy Services, Schlumberger and Chevron. Ross