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Fortnightly Magazine - November 2011
Kemper Solar redesigned its KemTrack solar array tracking system.

402-MW project. The 200-MW Los Vientos I is also expected to achieve commercial operation by the end of 2012, generating power for San Antonio-based CPS Energy under a 25-year agreement.


The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) was selected for a $1.5 million award from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) to deploy and test the Alden hydroelectric turbine designed to reduce fish mortality during power production. The Alden turbine is designed to provide for safer passage of downstream migrating fish, potentially minimizing or avoiding non-generating spill over dams, through-fish bypasses, and downstream fish passage facilities. The design might also provide additional options for generating capacity and recovery of energy lost in minimum flow releases.

Kemper Solar unveiled a redesigned solar tracking system, KemTrack. The 70 to 125 square-meter dual-axis tracker solar tracking system is designed with a central support tube with an integrated elevation drive that Kemper says optimizes force distribution across the entire module surface. Based in Germany, Kemper has a U.S. affiliate in Alpharetta, Ga.


Progress Energy Carolinas installed Level-2 electric vehicle charging systems for 150 residential customers, with support from a DOE smart grid grant.

City of Fort Collins Utilities selected Elster, Siemens Energy , eMeter and Tropos GridCom to provide systems for its advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project, funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act . Elster is supplying the Elster EnergyAxis AMI system. Siemens is implementing an eMeter EnergyIP meter data management system (MDMS) and integrating it with Fort Collins Utilities’ customer information systems, and Tropos GridCom is providing communications infrastructure, providing AMI data backhaul and future aggregation of smart grid applications across the utilities’ service territory. Fort Collins Utilities plans to migrate all its electricity and water customers to AMI over the next two years.

Consumers Energy selected SmartSynch to provide the advanced metering system that will form the foundation of a grid and meter modernization program for its 1.8 million electric customers in Michigan. Meter installation is scheduled to begin in Muskegon County in August 2012 with installation phases continuing through 2019 across the utility’s service territory.

eMeter completed the integration of its eMeter EnergyIP platform with CPS Energy’s SAP IS-U EhP5 system. This integration enables CPS Energy to provide customers with real-time energy usage information and enhanced metering services. CPS Energy now provides 40,000 of its customers with 15 minute, hourly and daily energy consumption information through its new web portal. Additional future services include time-of-use rate plans and demand response programs. CPS Energy plans to replace all electric meters and retrofit gas meters with smart meters by the end of 2016.

SAP AG announced two new solutions built on SAP HANA, the company’s in-memory computing platform. The two new solutions are SAP smart meter analytics and SAP COPA Accelerator. SAP COPA Accelerator software aims to improve the speed and depth of working with large volumes of financial data. SAP says its HANA platform allows companies to quickly run complex analyses such as simulations and pattern recognition.

Customer Systems

GMC Software Technology , a provider of customer communications and output management software, launched GMC Inspire, a customer engagement system. The system is designed to streamline and advance the creation and delivery