Itron deploys meter modules throughout Black Hills territory; Siemens to supply gas turbine packages to Mississippi Power; Cisco acquires Arch Rock for IP-based wireless smart metering applications; eMeter closes $12.5 million private-equity round; Enspiria helps NV Energy secure approvals for smart grid plan; American Superconductor invests in wind-turbine blade manufacturer; DOE selects 22 carbon-capture and storage projects for R&D funding; Petra Solar wins Sandia matching grant; plus announcements from Johnson Controls, Tantalus, Cooper Power, ComEd, UISOL, Convergys, SOLON and more.
ESRI has been chosen by the Northeastern Rural Electric Membership Corp. (REMC) to supply mobile geographic information system (GIS) technology to allow the co-op to better serve the energy needs of its growing customer base. Northeastern REMC utility linemen once navigated the northeastern Indiana service territories by memory, armed with a handful of paper maps. Now field crews use laptops equipped with ArcGIS software from ESRI to instantly update information related to outages, work orders, regular maintenance, and customers. The GIS data is accessible throughout the company, with approximately 43 users on different devices in several departments.