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Fortnightly Magazine - February 2013

enable customer support for electric vehicles (EV). Elster’s EnergyAxis system now enables both mesh and cellular point-to-point capabilities in a single head-end system, allowing utilities to manage all of their endpoints in one solution.

The California Municipal Utilities Association City of Palo Alto Utilities and City of Santa Clara’s Silicon Valley Power (SVP) implemented Elster’s EnergyAxis system. City of Palo Alto Utilities selected Elster as its partner for its Residential Customer Connect pilot project, slated to begin in 2013 with completion in 2015. Silicon Valley Power selected Elster’s EnergyAxis system and Tropos Networks’ Gridcom WAN solution for its AMI to cover 51,000 electric and 27,000 water meters.

Itron in collaboration with the Edison Power Group received a $150 million contract from the City of Johannesburg, South Africa. The contract requires Itron to supply its latest-generation smart meters and associated smart metering system, tying into the City of Johannesburg’s stated growth and development strategy to improve service delivery and efficiency through network automation.

Peace River Electric Cooperative (PRECO) completed the initial installation of a Sensus FlexNet utility network with iCon A electric meters and expects to begin system-wide deployment in early 2013. PRECO, which began an extended pilot of FlexNet in May 2012, selected the technology to replace an existing power line carrier system. Project completion is expected by the end of 2015.

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Gas Pipelines & Storage

Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E) started construction on a gas control center at its new gas operations headquarters at Bishop Ranch in San Ramon, Calif. The center will serve as a central location from which PG&E will monitor the operation of its 6,700 miles of transmission pipeline and 42,000 miles of smaller-diameter distribution mains. Completion is expected in Q2 2013.

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DNV appointed Stefan Nerpin as its new group v.p. of communications and external relations. Before joining DNV, Nerpin was group head of marketing communications at Vattenfall and at European banking and finance group, SEB.

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Smart Grid & Distribution Automation

Dell joined the industry advisory council of Pecan Street a nonprofit energy and smart grid research and development organization headquartered at the University of Texas at Austin. As a member company, Dell will provide technology and IT knowledge to Pecan Street to advance its work in energy big data.

Alcatel-Lucent is launching two new network routers designed specifically for the energy sector, and also applicable to the transportation and public sectors. Alcatel-Lucent says the products are the first Internet protocol and multiprotocol label switching (IP-MPLS) routers on the market to have a hardened form with a smaller footprint so they can be deployed in the distribution and field area network.

The Central Lincoln People’s Utility District signed an agreement with Landis+Gyr to deploy a voltage management system designed to deliver improved grid-side energy efficiency. The agreement establishes a demonstration project with Central Lincoln using Edge CVR software from DVI, in conjunction with Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream RF advanced metering network to monitor and adjust