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Fortnightly Magazine - January 2014

that Williams Partners said it plans to bring into service through 2017. 

Kalmbach Feeds and TruStar Energy commissioned a new compressed natural gas (CNG) public fueling station. The station, designed and constructed by TruStar Energy, is located in Upper Sandusky, Ohio, near the company’s Wyandot County manufacturing plants and distribution center. The station is part of a new venture, Kalmbach Clean Fuels , and will support Kalmbach’s new CNG-powered feed distribution trucks.

Metering

CPS Energy contracted Landis+Gyr to supply advanced residential electric meters for the utility’s grid modernization project. Landis+Gyr will provide 700,000 E-350 FOCUS advanced meters with shipments beginning early in 2014. The rollout is anticipated to take four years. In addition to metering technology, Landis+Gyr is operating a direct load control program at CPS Energy that has the potential to reduce 250 MW of peak demand. The utility is using virtual peak plant software and load control devices from Landis+Gyr to verify and measure energy savings from conservation events. 

AEP Ohio named Apex CoVantage as the installation partner for its system-wide automated meter reading (AMR) technology deployment. AEP Ohio will use ProField, Apex’s ERP system, for mobile workforce management. AEP Ohio is introducing AMR meters to increase reading percentages and enhance data security. 

Transmission

Entergy and ITC Holdings canceled their planned deal to spin off Entergy’s electric transmission business into a subsidiary of ITC. The companies reached the decision one day after the Mississippi Public Service Commission ruled that the deal wouldn’t be in the public interest. 

The California Independent System Operator (ISO) chose Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E), MidAmerican Transmission , and Citizens Energy to develop, own, and operate a new transmission line in the Central Valley region of California. The 230- kV line will span about 70 miles across Fresno, Madera, and Kings counties, running from the Gates to Gregg substations, which are owned and operated by PG&E. The transmission line would be operational no later than 2022, and could come on line earlier. The project is subject to approval by the California Public Utilities Commission.

People

ProEnergy named Charlie Athanasia as its COO and Craig Kingsley as its v.p. of turbine services. Athanasia was v.p. of Alstom’s thermal services business in North America. Kingsley previously held positions at Dresser-Rand and other companies.

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