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Digest

Fortnightly Magazine - March 2013

years. Situated in north Poland, Pomerania Gas serves approximately 764,000 customers.

Ameren Illinois plans to deploy Landis+Gyr’s Gridstream RF mesh network for two-way advanced metering. The Gridstream network supports functions that help utilities manage peak energy loads, improve outage response, and promote energy efficiency.

Itron collaborated with Qualcomm Technologies on a smart energy platform that uses Qualcomm’s Gobi MDM8x15 chipset for cellular network communications. The new platform will combine Itron’s OpenWay smart meters with Gobi MDM8x15 multi-mode modems and integrated application processors. The system will allow utilities to deploy smart grid devices strategically within a service territory geography—as a standalone system, for in-fill coverage gaps, or in combination with other access technologies.

Gas Pipelines & Storage

Progress Energy Canada selected TransCanada to design, build, own, and operate the proposed $5 billion Prince Rupert gas transmission project. The pipeline will carry natural gas primarily from the North Montney gas-producing region near Fort St. John, B.C., to the Pacific Northwest liquefied natural gas (LNG) export facility in Port Edward near Prince Rupert, B.C. Progress and TransCanada expect to finalize agreements in early 2013.

Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) added a laser scanner device to its technology systems used to enhance gas pipeline safety in the field. The device, called EXAscan, is held a few inches above a section of pipeline and produces a three-dimensional, color-coded view of the pipeline on a monitor. Accurate within 0.0016 of an inch, the device can detect potential safety concerns such as corrosion, dents, or warping within a pipeline.

Transmission

Alstom signed two contracts totaling approximately 16 million, with National Power Transmission (NPT), a subsidiary of Vietnam Electricity Group (EVN) to supply primary equipment and materials for the 500/220-kV My Tho and Vinh Tan substations in South Vietnam. Alstom will provide all electrical materials and equipment, as well as supervisory services for the air-insulated substations.

American Transmission will begin construction activities on the $31 million Pleasant Prairie-Zion Energy Center transmission line, a new 5.8-mile, 345-kV line in southeastern Wisconsin and northeastern Illinois. The new line will relieve congestion on the existing system and will largely follow the existing railroad right-of-way between the two endpoints. The project is expected to enter service by August 2013.

The Atlantic Wind Connection (AWC) selected Bechtel as its EPC contractor and Alstom as its HVDC technical advisor for the first phase of the 3,000-MW New Jersey Energy Link transmission project. The offshore transmission cable, buried under the ocean, will link energy resources and users in northern, central, and southern New Jersey. Construction will begin in 2016 with the first of three phases completed in 2019.

People

Dr. Glenn R. George , an energy economist and consultant, joined KPMG as a principal in its dispute advisory services network. George most recently served as a partner at Bates White Economic Consulting.

Finance

Alliant subsidiary Wisconsin Power & Light (WPL) closed on its purchase of the Riverside Energy Center, a 600-MW combined-cycle, natural gas-fired power plant in Beloit, Wisc. WPL purchased the plant from Calpine for approximately $400 million.

Atlantic Power agreed to sell interests in