Keeping score? This week's smart grid winners are...
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
Metering companies are duking it out south of the border; find out who won contracts in Brazil and Ecuador this week. A solar company took the No. 2 spot in Inc. magazine's latest list of the 5,000 fastest growing companies. And four cleantech startups got some help from a San Francisco-based investor. Scroll down and on page 2 for details on these and the week's other wins.
Â· Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories based in Pullman, Washington, inked a multi-year substation automation contract valued at $71.5 million with the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power (LADWP). SEL will supply project management, engineering services, software, and hardware to enhance the performance of the electric power grid owned and operated by LADWP. Press release >>
Â· Lucid Energy announced that San Antonio Water System will be the site of the first LucidPipe Power System installation in Texas. According to Lucid, the water-to-wire system produces clean, low-cost renewable energy from fast-moving water inside of large-scale municipal, agricultural and industrial water pipelines and effluent streams. Riverside Public Utilities in California, is currently operating the first commercial installation of the system. Press release >>
Â· Itron, another company headquartered in Washington State, will supply 20,000 of its smart meters along with a meter data collection system and support services to CPFL Energia, the largest private group in the Brazilian energy sector that provides electricity distribution, generation, and retail services. The AMI project will focus on CPFL's commercial and industrial clients. Press release >>
Meanwhile, ElÃ©ctrica de Guayaquil, a state-owned electric utility in Guayaquil, Ecuador, contracted with Itron to add 7,700 smart meters to the Itron smart grid network that was deployed in 2011. Press release >>
Â· Elster has also picked up a win in Ecuador. Corporacion Nacional de Electricidad (CNEL), the single largest energy corporation in the country with more than 1.2 million end customers, has selected Elster to provide its AMI deployment. The initial phase will include more than 15,000 endpoints and more than 900 Low Voltage AGInodes. Press release >>
Â· Greenstart, a San Francisco-based investor and Startup Design program for digital cleantech entrepreneurs, unveiled four new investments. People Power, Root3, Spinlister and PVPower will each receive $115,000 and participate in Greenstart’s intensive three-month program for promising young companies leveraging software to lead the next wave of energy innovation. Read more >>
MILESTONES & HONORS
Â· Inc. magazine's annual list of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S. is out and there are plenty of representatives from the energy industry among them. In fact, the No. 2 spot went to Astrum Solar, a full-service residential solar provider based in Annapolis Junction, Maryland. For a look at other energy companies on the list, click here.
Â· CPS Energy President and CEO Doyle Beneby was named 2012 Utility CEO of the Year by the Solar Electric Power Association, which cited his leadership in integrating solar power into the Texas company’s energy portfolio. In July Beneby led a public-private partnership between CPS Energy and OCI Solar Power that is expected to be the largest public power utility solar project in the country. Press release >>
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