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Fortnightly Magazine - February 2012

designed to have approximately 17.0 BCF of working gas capacity. 

The Georgia Institute of Technology and Recharge Solutions International (RSI) kicked off a pilot project that demonstrated the newly installed RSI Level 2 220-volt electric vehicle (EV) charging system and 110-volt electric fleet charging system. Level 2 chargers will be available to the university’s faculty, students and visitors. Users can register for short- or long-term charging and pay by credit card on an hourly or monthly basis. The fleet charging system will allow the university to monitor the usage and costs of its present electric vehicle fleet.

The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection announced a $1 million grant award to help develop electric vehicle infrastructure on the Pennsylvania turnpike. The grant recipient, Car Charging Group , will install charging stations at 17 turnpike service plazas. Level 2 charging stations, which can charge a car in roughly four hours, and Level 3 stations, which can charge a car in about 20 minutes, will be installed at the service plazas in three phases. The first phase of the work will be incorporated into ongoing service-plaza renovations between Harrisburg and New Jersey. Later phases will involve service plazas between Harrisburg and Ohio, and then along the Northeastern Extension. The project is expected to be completed in June 2013. The Turnpike Commission also has committed up to $500,000 in electric upgrades at the plazas to provide the charging stations with the necessary voltage. The DEP grant is provided through the Alternative Fuels Incentive Grant Program, which is funded by a portion of the gross utilities receipts tax. 

Energy Services

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) was awarded the funding for the next two years of its contract with the Hawaii Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to continue as the program administrator for the Hawaii Energy Efficiency Program. SAIC has served in this capacity since March 2009. The two-year performance contract, valued at more than $66 million, may be extended beyond 2013 for an additional three-year period. 

Metering

Delaware County Electric Cooperative (DCEC) selected Landis+Gyr to install a Gridstream PLC network for advanced metering across its distribution system. The Gridstream network will enable the utility to install two-way load control devices, report outages on a system-wide basis, and provide information to consumers through a web portal and in-home displays.  The utility will also be working on a pilot project with the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) to demonstrate the efficiency of hybrid electric appliances. 

Oklahoma Gas and Electric (OGE) selected Silver Spring Networks’s demand response solution to expand OGE’s peak-reduction programs to all customers in its service territory. OGE hopes its demand response program and integration of wind power will allow the company to achieve its goal of avoiding building fossil-fueled generation plants until at least 2020. 

People

Mona E. Dajani joined Baker & McKenzie as a partner in its Chicago office. Ms. Dajani most recently practiced with SNR Denton, and earlier in her career she worked at Kirkland & Ellis.

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