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Fortnightly Magazine - October 2012

system to be installed in each customer’s home, allowing the vehicle and the smart grid equipment to communicate with each other to evaluate billing and power supply control. Duke will simulate price structures and demand response events to understand the impact to the customer’s bill and understand how such programs can serve grid reliability as plug-in vehicles become more prominent.

Metering

DTE Energy completed installing in its Southeastern Michigan service area some 800,000 metering endpoints with equipment supplied by Itron, including smart electric meters and gas modules. In total, DTE Energy’s advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) project includes more than 3 million electric and gas meters.

City of Fort Collins Utilities selected Excergy to provide program management and technical consulting to prepare the city for the next generation of smart grid technologies. Over the next year, the utility department is expected to deploy AMI and begin customer engagement with web portal and demand response technologies.

Guam Power Authority (GPA) selected the Landis+Gyr Gridstream RF advanced metering solution for its smart grid project. GPA plans to deploy more than 52,000 advanced meters and Gridstream network components over the next two years, providing a backbone for possible home area network applications in the future. GPA also is exploring consumer services, such as pre-pay, that use the advanced metering network.

Transmission

American Electric Power (AEP) awarded a $60 million contract to ABB to replace a 30-year-old HVDC back-to-back converter station in Texas that serves as part of the Oklaunion HVDC transmission link—an asynchronous interconnection between the Texas (ERCOT) and Oklahoma (SPP) power grids. The project scope includes engineering, supply, installation and commissioning.

Southern California Edison (SCE) selected Quanta Services PARElectrical Contractors to install transmission infrastructure for SCE’s Eldorado-Ivanpah transmission project. The contract scope includes replacing part of an existing 115-kV electric transmission line with 35 miles of double-circuit, 220-kV line. The facility will connect a new SCE substation to the Eldorado substation, near Boulder City, Nev., to deliver up to 1,400 MW of renewable power from near the Southern California-Nevada border. Construction has begun, with completion estimated by July 2013.

SCE also selected PAR to build its Red Bluff Substation Project near the town of Desert Center in eastern Riverside County, Calif. The project includes two parallel transmission line segments to connect the new Red Bluff Substation to the existing Devers-Palo Verde 500-kV transmission line and to the new Devers-Colorado River 500-kV transmission line, which PAR is currently installing.

Smart Grid

The Association of Energy Services Professionals (AESP) has launched a database for AESP members to monitor filing proposals, orders, and rulemakings from state public utility commissions (PUC) in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, related to renewable portfolio standards, energy efficiency (including building codes), demand response, and the smart grid. Database users will be able to generate customized reports and charts based on their search criteria, enter hearings into their calendars, and download spreadsheets. Rulemaking proposals are updated weekly until finalized.

People

Opower appointed Alex Kinnier as new senior v.p. of devices and real-time services. Kinnier was a partner at venture capital firms New Enterprise