Smart grid wins: Look who hit pay dirt this week
By Liz Enbysk
SGN Managing Editor
A couple of big players got tapped to supply the full-meal deal after running successful utility pilots. A company in India landed a $60 million contract to build substations in Iraq. Scroll down and over to page 2 for details on those deals and the rest of this week's roster of smart grid wins.
Â· Elster got the nod from the City of Georgetown, Texas, which following a successful pilot chose Elster's EnergyAxisfor its system-wide, multi-utility meter replacement project. Georgetown will deploy Elster's solution throughout its service territory and install 21,000 Elster water meters and 21,000 Elster electricity meters. In addition, Elster will work with partners Hometown Connections, the utility services subsidiary of the American Public Power Association (APPA), Texas Meter and Device and Wesco Distribution to develop a tailor-made solution for the City of Georgetown. Read more >>
Â· Avantha Group Company CG based in India has been awarded a contract for $60 million for the construction of four high-voltage GIS substations by the Electrical Transmission Project Office of the Iraq Ministry of Electricity. The company will design, manufacture, deliver and install the substations, thus helping upgrade and reinforce the existing 132 kV electricity transmission grid. Read more >>
Â· OSIsoft and Silicon Valley Power announced an agreement that will see SVP incorporate OSIsoft's PI System, an enterprise data infrastructure, into its smart grid initiatives. "With the PI System as our data infrastructure, we now have the ability to be more proactive and innovative as an electric utility,” said Dennis P. Steffani, P.E., Senior Control/Communications Engineer at SVP. "Adopting OSIsoft’s technology, on an enterprise scale, will give us the confidence to not only ensure the reliability and safety of our services, but also respond quickly to the information needs of everyday decision making.” Read more >>
MILESTONES & HONORS
Â· The Solar Electric Power Association (SEPA) named the Top 10 American electric utilities that have added the most new solar power to their systems and the most solar on a watts-per-customer basis in 2012. Pacific Gas and Electric topped the list of utilities adding the most new solar power and the St. Mary's (Ohio) Municipal Electric System was number one in the watts-per-customer rankings. Click here for the other winners >>
Â· AES announced a milestone in the energy storage industry as its AES Laurel Mountain facility surpassed the 400,000 MW-h mark of regulation service to the PJM Interconnection. Comprised of 98 MW of wind generation and 64 MW of integrated battery-based energy storage resource, the West Virginia facility is among the first to supply critical grid stability services to help maintain the reliability of the power grid, according to AES, which also notes the storage portion of the project is the largest of its kind. Read more >>
M&A & FINANCING WINS
Â· Enlighted, a Sunnyvale, California company that provides solutions for improving the performance and value of commercial buildings and real estate, has raised $20 million in Series C financing. New investor RockPort Capital led the round and was joined by new investor JAIC. Enlighted also announced a milestone: Its intelligent sensor technology and software are being used to reduce power consumption for more than 10 million square feet of commercial real estate, double the size of the installed footprint just five months ago. Read more >>
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