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...
project at a 750-MW coal-fired power station in Queensland, Australia. Areva says the project is the largest solar project in the Southern Hemisphere and the world’s largest solar power augmentation project at a coal-fired facility. Areva Solar will use its Australian-pioneered compact linear Fresnel reflector (CLFR) technology at CS Energy’s Kogan Creek Power Station. Construction is scheduled to begin in the first half of 2011, with commercial operation planned for 2013.
Sempra Generation entered a 20-year contract to sell 21 MW of wind energy to Maui Electric Company from the Auwahi Wind project on the Ulupalakua Ranch in the southeastern region of Maui. The project is currently undergoing environmental review by Maui County, and state and federal agencies. Construction is expected to begin in early 2012.
DR and Customer Systems
Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) selected Opower’s Advanced Customer Engagement (ACE) platform as the front-end solution for its upcoming smart meter rollout. Opower’s ACE platform takes individual and neighborhood energy-usage data and transforms it into personalized reports that help customers understand their own energy usage more clearly. The reports also offer advice on ways to reduce energy use, helping customers lower their gas and electricity bills.
Con Edison added Apogee’s online tools to its website, www.conEd.com, as part of its “The Power of Green” campaign, to help customers evaluate their energy use and find ways to save on their energy costs. The Energy Toolkit provides answers to energy questions; the HomeEnergyCalculator analyzes the customer’s energy use and makes recommendations for savings; and specialized calculators allow customers to run what-if scenarios on the use of lighting, appliances, TVs, and thermostat settings.
GreenHouse Holdings announced a partnership with EnergyConnect. Together, the companies will offer customers integrated energy management and automated demand response (auto-DR) services. Under the terms of the agreement, GreenHouse will offer its auto-DR services to EnergyConnect’s customers, and EnergyConnect will market its products to Greenhouse’s customer base.
SavWatt USA subsidiary Pro EcoSolutions entered a non-exclusive agreement with Comverge and Con Edison to implement their targeted demand side management program, which offers incentives for upgrading to more energy efficient equipment. Pro EcoSolutions will work with New York City businesses to replace existing incandescent bulbs, subsidize the cost of lighting, and administer the installation. Con Edison will be paying Pro EcoSolutions 65 cents per Watt saved.
Kansas City Board of Public Utilites (KCBPU) selected Elster for the utility’s smart grid deployment. KCBPU will implement Elster’s EnergyAxis to streamline business and operational processes. The municipal utility plans to deploy more than 69,000 of Elster’s smart electric meters and 55,000 Elster smart water meters over the next few years.
Comision Federal de Electricidad (CFE) selected Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid solution to power the utility’s first advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project in Mexico City. The Mexican Secretaria de Energia (SENER) and CFE will use the EnergyAxis pilot as a benchmark for evaluating Elster’s technologies for potential future deployments. CFE has already deployed nine other EnergyAxis systems throughout 14 of Mexico’s 16 service areas.
BC Hydro awarded a $270 million contract to Itron to