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Fortnightly Magazine - January 2013

development and exchange of information among policymakers, utilities, technology companies, and other stakeholders.


Harris Utilities SmartWorks appointed Chris Lewis v.p. of business development. Previously he was director of market development with Cognera, a Harris Utilities company.

Ambient promoted Michael Quarella to the role of COO, effective immediately. Quarella joined Ambient’s management team in March 2005 as v.p. of operations. 

Itron appointed Philip Mezey as the company’s president and CEO, and also a member of the company’s board of directors, succeeding LeRoy Nosbaum . Mezey assumed his new role in January 2013. Previously, he was president and COO for Itron’s global energy segment. John Holleran will become the company’s executive v.p., COO, and interim president to lead the global energy and water segments. Previously, Holleran was Itron’s senior v.p., special projects, and corporate secretary.

EVs & Storage

ChargePoint and Service Solutions signed a reseller agreement for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations and services in the North American market. Service Solutions plans to resell the EV charging stations and services to auto manufacturers, their dealers and customers, and Fortune 1,000 commercial users. The agreement marks Service Solutions’ entry into the market. 

Cowessess First Nation selected Saft to design, produce, and install a battery energy storage system that includes two Intensium Max 20E lithium-ion battery containers as part of the High Wind project near the City of Regina, Saskatchewan. Saft says the Regina project is its first wind power application in North America. The grid-connected system is expected to increase reliability and decrease volatility of the wind farm’s output by as much as 70 percent over the system’s 15-year lifespan. Each li-ion unit includes a 400-kW power conditioning system for use in conjunction with an 800-kW utility scale wind turbine. The facility is scheduled to begin operation in early 2013.

NRG Energy , through its eVgo subsidiary, formalized plans for a comprehensive EV charging network in California. As part of its agreement with the California Public Utilities Commission, NRG expects to invest $100 million over the next four years in the eVgo California charging network. The fee-based network will include 200 publicly available, fast-charging stations that allow drivers to add 50 miles of range in 15 minutes at retail locations in the San Francisco Bay area, the San Joaquin Valley, the Los Angeles Basin, and San Diego County. 


Benton County Electric System (BCES) selected the Elster EnergyAxis advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system. The system will allow BCES to collect and analyze metering data to improve customer service and operational efficiency. BCES is one of 155 Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) power distributors. The turnkey project is on a three-month deployment schedule with completion planned mid-2013.

Electro Industries GaugeTech said it developed new features for the Shark 200 multifunction power meter, including additional data-logging and input-output options, and more accurate frequency measurement. The upgrades allow the meter to be used for power system frequency analysis and transducer applications. Additional features include improved real-time clock synchronizing for load profiling, wider dynamic voltage under-range, and other functions. 

Itron and Deutsche Telekom agreed to collaborate on delivering smart