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Fortnightly Magazine - January 2013
NRG’s eVgo plans to install 200 fast charging stations in California’s population centers.

as a qualified facility for a large generator interconnection agreement in the California Independent System Operator market. The plant is expected to enter service in phases during the second half of 2013. 

Princeton Power Systems developed a 2-MW inverter for the Department of Energy’s (DOE) SunShot Incubator program. The newly designed six-port inverter aims to reduce the overall cost of solar installations and balance-of-systems components, toward DOE’s goal of a $1/watt total installed cost. The inverter allows direct 13.8-kV grid connection without using a 60-Hz isolation transformer. A small transformer is integrated directly into the box, taking the place of a step-up transformer. Princeton Power said the inverter incorporates energy storage capabilities with an integrated high-frequency nano-crystaline transformer for a consistent power flow. 

Transactions

Entergy acquired the Hot Spring and Hinds power plants from KGen Power at the end of 2012. Entergy Arkansas purchased the 620-MW Hot Spring plant for $277 million, while Entergy Mississippi bought the 450-MW Hinds plant for $246 million. 

Saft is providing a li-ion battery storage system for the High Wind project in Saskatchewan.

Puget Sound Energy acquired a 270-MW gas-fired, combined-cycle, cogeneration plant from Tenaska in northwest Washington. PSE owns three other gas-fired power plants in Whatcom County: the 147-MW Whitehorn, 167-MW Encogen, and 125-MW Sumas generating stations. 

TransCanada agreed to acquire BP’s 40 percent interest in the Crossfield gas storage facility, as well as BP’s interest in CrossAlta Gas Storage & Services, the companies’ marketing joint venture. The $210 million transaction will give TransCanada 100-percent ownership in the facility, located in Crossfield, Alberta. TransCanada has operated the facility since 2011. As part of the deal, TransCanada will acquire all of BP’s mineral interests in the area, including BP’s ownership interest in the Elkton production unit and related surface land. BP will remain a storage customer. The transaction is expected to close by the first quarter of 2013.

Enterprise Software

Capgemini Canada signed an agreement with Hydro One Networks to implement an asset investment planning system. Capgemini Canada will provide consulting and system integration services to re-engineer the utility’s asset investment planning processes and deploy a configured Copperleaf Technologies’ C55 software system. 

Smart Grid

Electro Industries added power quality features to its Shark 200 meter.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) began installing a new outage management system (OMS), which the company expects will speed up outage detection and help utility personnel restore service faster. For the project, SDG&E integrated a geographic information system, which provides detailed images and technical data about the grid. In addition to localized outages, the OMS can track multiple outages during large storms to help ensure power is restored as soon as possible. The OMS will use data from the 1.4 million smart meters that SDG&E has installed in its territory. 

Survalent Technology commissioned a new SCADA system for Kenora Hydro Electric in Ontario . The new system features Survalent’s open-architecture system based on Windows Server 2008. It includes several of Survalent’s open system applications.

The Association for Demand Response & Smart Grid (ADS) welcomed three additional members to the organization. The new members are California Independent System Operator , Dimplex North America , and Negawatt Business Solutions . ADS is a non-profit organization based in Washington, D.C., focusing on the