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  1. Aclara to deploy power line communications for six utilities

    Six electric cooperatives in Florida, Missouri, Pennsylvania, South Dakota and Texas have announced plans to deploy power line communications systems from Aclara Technologies. Glades Electric Cooperative in Moore Haven, Fla., Barry Electric Cooperative in Cassville, Mo., Howard Electric Cooperative in Fayette, Mo., United Electric Cooperative in DuBois, Pa., Oahe Electric Cooperative in Blunt, SD., and Fannin County Electric Cooperative in Bonham, Texas, will install Aclara’s advanced communications solutions to better serve more than 60,000 customers across five states. Aclara’s power line communications operates on existing power lines, without adding additional communications infrastructure. Data provided by Aclara’s advanced metering infrastructure ( AMI ) solution allows utilities to better understand patterns of usage and identify programs to reduce system peaks and costs. Meters on Aclara’s power-line communications system can be connected automatically, eliminating service calls. BEC has committed to upgrading its system by replacing 75 percent of its existing TWACS meters with the latest Aclara technology. Barry will also upgrade its current AMI substation hardware to enable its AMI system to support more than 9,600 members and its growing pre-pay program. Over the next 18 months, Aclara’s enhanced TWACS solution will replace GEC’s existing drive-by system and provide some 16,000 customers with enhanced services and a more effective bill payment process. The eTWACS system will also reduce costs and streamline the utility’s meter reading process. During that same period, HEC will use Aclara’s power-line communications system to give its employees more accurate and reliable data to better manage the operation and deliver safe, reliable power to its 3,400 customers. HEC is a member of the Central Electric Power Cooperative, an eight-member alliance of distribution cooperatives partnering with Aclara to support Callaway Electric Cooperative in Fulton, Mo., and Co-Mo Electric Cooperative in Tipton, Mo., which already use Aclara power-line systems. Through 2018, UEC, a member of the Allegheny Electric Cooperative (AEC) generation and transmission association, will implement eTWACS to get more accurate and reliable meter reads as well as reduce outage times for its 19,000 customers. It also plans to put in 4,200 Aclara Demand Response Units. The five cooperatives belonging to AEC, which is based in Harrisburg, Pa., currently have more than 25,000 Aclara load-management devices deployed. Aclara’s history of successful implementations in the Central South Dakota region convinced OEC to select its power-line communications technology to support AMI deployment for its nearly 3,000 members. Finally, FCEC will replace its legacy non-Aclara AMI system beginning March 2014, with the eTWACS AMI system to service more than 1,800 miles of distribution lines with about 10,250 connected meters.

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    Tue, 4 Mar 2014

  2. Energy management: Energy storage aggregation functionality

    Stored energy: Greensmith introduces energy storage aggregation functionality in its GEMS software platform. New feature enables distributed energy storage partners to participate in wholesale electricity markets. 

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    Tue, 22 Sep 2015

  3. Energy management capabilities enhanced for better network understanding

    Power management: IPKeys Power Partners teams with Schneider Electric to provide enhanced energy management capabilities. Addition of Schneider Electric customer engagement tools offers better network understanding for optimum energy aggregation.

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    Mon, 14 Sep 2015

  4. Utility equipment from Sherman + Reilly on display at ICUEE

    Construction equipment: Sherman + Reilly will be offering several hands-on demonstrations of its new products at the 2015 ICUEE- International Construction Utility Equipment Expo in Louisville, KY.

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    Wed, 9 Sep 2015

  1. Line construction: Hybrid Fiber Drop Installation System

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    Fri, 5 Jun 2015

  2. Construction equipment: Power line stringing and installation equipment

    Line construction: Sherman + Reilly adds P-2000X Single Reel Bullwheel puller to its Revolution Series of pullers.

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    Thu, 9 Apr 2015

  3. Fleet maintenance: Pepco deploys Itron and ClipperCreek Electric Vehicle Smart Charging Solution

    Utility vehicles: Itron Inc. and ClipperCreek announced that Pepco, electric service provider to more than 801,000 customers throughout Maryland and the District of Columbia and subsidiary of Pepco Holdings Inc. (PHI), is deploying the companies’ electric vehicle smart charging pilot solution.

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    Fri, 14 Nov 2014

  4. Electric distribution investment up from past decades

    Electricity distribution systems differ from transmission systems, which have also experienced increased investment over the past two decades 

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    Fri, 24 Oct 2014

  5. GE launches program tackling big data challenges for utilities

    GE’s Grid IQ Insight lays the foundation to enable utilities to manage and analyze critical data, while integrating the results into an easy-to-display visual interface.

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    Wed, 4 Sep 2013

  6. GE fortifies Brazilian grid; 297-km transmission project to deliver reliable power to Brazil’s growth regions

    GE’s Digital Energy business is providing Furnas and Triangulo Mineiro Transmissora (TMT)/Geoenergia with the latest in protection and control equipment

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    Thu, 10 Apr 2014

  7. Utility testing: Advanced distribution line monitoring and faulted circuit indicators

    Power measurement: Sentient Energy, Inc., a provider of advanced distribution line monitoring and faulted circuit indicators (FCIs) for electric utilities, has announced the successful market launch of the company’s cellular-enabled, Sentient MM3™ Line Monitor/FCI supported by sales to six major ...

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    Tue, 11 Feb 2014

  8. DOE, Federal efforts to support utility power restoration in wake of Sandy

    58,000 workers are currently repairing power lines across the Mid-Atlantic in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

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    Thu, 1 Nov 2012

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