Siemens and Accenture joint venture on smart grid management systems; CenterPoint picks Itron for RF meter rollout; Memphis picks Elster electric, gas, and water AMI system; TransAlta acquires...
Digest (June 2014)
transaction is subject to state and federal regulatory approval and is expected to close in 2014. J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. is acting as financial advisor to Energen, and Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP is acting as legal counsel.
The Southern Connecticut Gas Company (SCG) selected Itron to modernize and manage its metering system. The solution will help SCG optimize the delivery of natural gas, improve customer service and streamline business operations. SCG will utilize Itron TOTAL AMI to run, manage and maintain their gas meter reading system for 20 years. Itron will be responsible for the installation and maintenance of the entire system, including 220,000 Itron gas communication modules and associated fixed-network infrastructure. Installation is expected to begin in mid-2014 with completion by the end of 2015.
EVs & Storage
The Energy Storage Association (ESA) has begun to engage directly in the stakeholder-driven market redesign process underway at the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT). The Texas Energy Storage Alliance (TESA) earlier had convened a group of industry members to work collaboratively; that effort now has been folded into the larger national organization. ESA is the forum for broad industry input that will ensure proposed rules will enable the advancement of utility scale energy storage technologies. ERCOT had issued a white paper last December identifying the need to update and overhaul the ancillary services market that originated in the 1990's, before significant deployments of wind energy and other generation sources. ERCOT recognizes that a new approach to ancillary services could allow for more effective, efficient and reliable use of existing and new resources like energy storage.
Car Charging Group , through its partnership with City Park, has expanded the availability of EV charging services at the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) Garage in San Francisco. CarCharging originally deployed EV charging services at the MOMA Garage in 2013 and over the past year, the demand for EV fueling has continued to expand. The charging stations have been consistently utilized, which demonstrates the need for additional public EV charging infrastructure. The EV charging services for the MOMA Garage are provided by Level II EV charging stations, which provide 240 volts with 32 amps of power to quickly recharge an electric vehicle's battery.
Hydro-Québec and Sony established a joint venture to research and develop a large-scale energy storage system for power grids. The new company will utilize Hydro-Québec's operation and control technologies for electric power supplies as well as its lithium-ion battery material technology, together with Sony's control technologies for olivine-type lithium-ion iron phosphate rechargeable batteries and highly scalable module systems.
Union Power Partners , a subsidiary of Entegra Power Group , awarded Emerson Process Management a contract to replace turbine controls at Union Power Station. The plant, located in southern Arkansas, is one of the largest combined-cycle facilities in the U.S. with a generating capacity of 2,200 MW and comprises four individual 2x1 combined-cycle power blocks. Emerson will replace legacy controls on the power block's GE Frame 7FA gas turbines and GE D11 steam turbine with Ovation' control technology, and