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Fortnightly Magazine - December 2011
Suntech Power Holdings began shipping solar modules from its new factory in Goodyear, Ariz. Suntech panels are being used at the 150-MW Mesquite Solar 1 project, which Zachry Holdings is building for Sempra Generation. (Photo by Alyssa Danigelis for Public Utilities Fortnightly.)

portal, to display consumer usage information. Implementation began in September.

Ecologic Analytics extended the Ecologic MDM system to include IBM Informix software as a data management option for customers. This system will allow utilities to store and retrieve data from smart meters and other monitoring devices more efficiently and streamline operational processes, such as time-of-use billing, load forecasting, and outage management.

EVs & Storage

AES Wind Generation and AES Energy Storage began commercial operation of AES Laurel Mountain, a 98-MW wind facility with 32 MW of integrated battery storage. AES says the 32-MW storage project is the largest of its kind, and will allow the wind facility to control the ramp rate of its generation, smoothing minute-to-minute fluctuations in output. The facility consists of 61 GE 1.6-MW wind turbine generators and 32 MW of A123 Systems energy storage devices. The 61 wind turbines are mounted on 80-meter towers deployed along a 13-mile stretch of Laurel Mountain located in Randolph and Barbour counties near Elkins, W.Va. The facility will supply power into the PJM Interconnection.

Suntech Power Holdings began shipping solar modules from its new factory in Goodyear, Ariz. Suntech panels are being used at the 150-MW Mesquite Solar 1 project, which Zachry Holdings is building for Sempra Generation. (Photo by Alyssa Danigelis for Public Utilities Fortnightly.)

Public Service Co. of New Mexico (PNM) began construction on the Prosperity solar energy storage project in Albuquerque, N.M. This project integrates valve-regulated lead-acid and UltraBattery energy technology from East Penn Manufacturing and its subsidiary Ecoult, with a 500 kW solar plant. Ecoult engineered and integrated the energy storage system, and developed the smart grid platform that controls both the batteries and the power conversion system. The energy storage demonstration project was funded by a grant through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act .

Car Charging Group extended its collaboration with Coulomb Technologies for a national rollout of 1,000 electric vehicle (EV) charging stations powered by ChargePoint Network. Car Charging Group agreed to purchase and install charging stations across the United States including major metropolitan areas: New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth, Orlando, Miami, and Tampa. Car Charging Group will also use the ChargePoint Network cloud-based EV charging system to manage its national network of customers that includes Walgreens, Central Parking, Icon Parking, Centro Properties, Laz Parking and Ace Parking.

People

Energy management company Consert named Gini Coyle as corporate counsel. Previously Coyle was vice president of human resources for FedEx Freight.

Siemens Energy introduced a new geothermal steam turbine, the 60-MW SST0400.

Trilliant appointed Steve Geiser as the company’s new CFO. Prior to Trilliant, Geiser served as the CFO of Raza Microelectronics Inc.

Echelon elected Ron Sege to the role of chairman of the board in addition to his current role as president and chief executive officer. Sege follows M. Kenneth Oshman , who passed away in August 2011, as Echelon’s chairman of the board.

Transactions

Sapphire Power Holdings , a subsidiary of Riverstone Holdings , completed the acquisition of a 778-MW portfolio of gas-fired power generation facilities from privately held Morris Energy Group . Terms weren’t disclosed. The portfolio includes seven combined-cycle gas-fired plants and one gas-fired peaking unit located in eastern PJM. Topaz Power Group, a Riverstone affiliate, will serve as asset manager for the plants. With the Sapphire acquisition, Topaz has 2,779 MW of Riverstone-owned generating capacity under management.

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