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Fortnightly Magazine - August 2013

its rollout continuing through 2021. 

GE chose Trilliant’s smart grid communications platform to be a part of GE’s Grid IQ software-as-a-service (SAS) offering for the public power industry. Trilliant’s platform provides wireless networking technologies for smart grid systems, and allows phased implementation of such systems as advanced metering infrastructure (AMI), volt-VAR control, fault detection, isolation and restoration, and other distribution automation applications.

The Mohegan Tribal Utility Authority selected Tantalus as the exclusive smart grid communications provider for the Mohegan Sun hotel and casino. Mohegan will use Tantalus Utility Network for automated metering and administration with the ability to incorporate future advanced energy management applications. 

Cleveland Public Power (CPP) selected Efacec ACS to install a turnkey Prism SCADA system to control CPP’s sub-transmission and distribution systems. The server-based SCADA system will be deployed with a distributed architecture, providing redundancy with primary and backup systems. Efacec ACS will also supply and install new operator consoles in CPP’s utility control center. Software applications to be delivered include advanced graphical operator interface, enterprise historian, automatic generation control, short-term load forecasting, and interchange transaction scheduling. 

Modesto Irrigation District (MID) selected DVI, a Dominion company, to provide a number of applications through DVI’s EDGE software. The applications will be used in conjunction with the existing Silver Spring Networks AMI deployment to provide MID with advanced conservation voltage reduction and volt-VAR optimization capabilities. DVI says EDGE is a modular and adaptive conservation voltage management solution enabling utilities to deploy incremental grid-side energy management that requires no behavioral changes or purchases by end-use consumers.

Generation

Minnesota Power dedicated the Bison Wind Energy Center near New Salem, N.D., which generates electricity for delivery in Minnesota across a dedicated transmission line. In 2012, largely because a federal production tax credit on wind equipment was scheduled to expire, Minnesota Power accelerated the project by erecting 70 towers fitted with 3-MW direct-drive Siemens turbines. Project costs total approximately $500 million. 

The development consortium consisting of SolarReserve, the Kensani Group, and Intikon Energy, closed $260 million in project financing for the Jasper Solar Energy Project, a 96-MW PV project near Kimberly, in the Northern Cape, South Africa. Google also invested equity in the project. The facility will sell its output to Eskom under a 20-year agreement.

ECC Renewables (ECC) is one of five contractors selected for $7 billion in geothermal energy projects by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Engineering and Support Center, in Huntsville, Ala. Under the 10-year contract, ECC will compete for contracts to develop, construct, finance, own, and operate geothermal energy projects on Department of Defense installations throughout the United States under long-term power purchase agreements, using private sector financing. 

Southern California Edison (SCE) permanently retired Units 2 and 3 of its San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS). Both SONGS units were shut down in January 2012. Unit 2 was taken out of service Jan. 9, 2012, for a planned routine outage. Unit 3 was taken offline January 31, 2012, after station operators detected a small leak in a tube inside a steam generator manufactured by Mitsubishi Heavy Industries.

Cupertino Electric completed two solar generation