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Vendor Neutral

Fortnightly Magazine - September 2011

gas-fueled Bloom Energy Servers, or Bloom Boxes, at 11 AT&T sites in California. AT&T is the first telecommunications service provider to utilize Bloom Energy Servers to help power operations. Using oxide fuel cell technology, the Bloom Boxes will provide 7.5 MW of capacity, and more than 62 million kWh of energy annually. The Bloom Energy Server installations will begin later this year, and will be fully operational by mid-2012.

Metering

Siemens Energy and eMeter teamed up to supply Southern Maryland Electric Cooperative (SMECO) with eMeter EnergyIP meter data management system (MDMS). SMECO is one of the 10 largest customer-owned electric cooperatives in the nation. Siemens will integrate the MDMS with SMECO’s key operational and customer service systems. SMECO’s project encompasses an MDMS, advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) technology, and a Web portal solution. SMECO has chosen to work with Sensus to provide the AMI network; Siemens will work hand-in-hand with Sensus to link the AMI system with eMeter EnergyIP.

IBM was selected by UIL Holdings to help secure its smart meters and AMI from vulnerabilities and security attacks. UIL subsidiary United Illuminating (UI) is upgrading its electric energy grid with smart meters to enhance consumer experience and operational efficiencies. IBM helped UI establish a secure platform that would provide the cyber security controls needed during the advanced meter deployment. Today, IBM technology is being used to secure UI’s 50,000 advanced meters, with the goal to support a total of 80,000 by the end of 2011 and more in the future.

Glasgow Electric Plant Board selected Elster’s EnergyAxis smart grid solution to deliver advanced time-of-use (TOU) billing capabilities to its customers. Glasgow EPB expects improved operational efficiencies and anticipates allowing its customers to better manage energy usage and reduce energy costs. Glasgow EPB, which is one of the 155 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power distributors, expects to install more than 7,500 Elster smart meters before July 2015.

Sensus incorporated encryption and key management technologies from IBM into its FlexNet AMI system to advance data security. Sensus will integrate IBM’s asymmetric encryption and enhanced key management technologies into its FlexNet communications system for electric, gas and water utility smart endpoints, including meters and distribution automation devices.

M&A

ABB completed the acquisition of Mincom. The deal expands ABB’s enterprise asset management (EAM) software and services. ABB is acquiring the Brisbane, Australia-based company from Francisco Partners, a private equity group that invests in technology businesses, for an undisclosed sum.

Central Vermont Public Service (CVPS) and Gaz Métro Limited Partnership (Gaz Métro) signed a definitive agreement for the sale of CVPS. This clears the path for the combination of CVPS with Gaz Métro subsidiary Green Mountain Power. The all-cash transaction will provide CVPS shareholders $35.25 per common share, a 45 percent premium over the closing price of $24.32 immediately prior to the announcement of the previous agreement CVPS had reached with Fortis. The CVPS board terminated the agreement with Fortis after accepting the offer from Gaz Métro.

Tortoise Capital Resources acquired a 40 percent undivided interest in the Eastern Interconnect Project for approximately $16.1 million, including the