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Press Release - Date: March 20, 2019
NISC Acquires Electrical Distribution Design, Inc.
Acquisition boosts NISC’s Engineering & Operations offerings

Lake Saint Louis, Mo., March 1, 2019 – To better serve its Members, National Information Solutions Cooperative (NISC), a leading provider of software solutions to utility and telecommunication companies, has acquired Electrical Distribution Design, Inc. (EDD).

EDD is a private corporation headquartered in Blacksburg, Va., that provides advanced engineering modeling somore
NOVEC and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) Partner on 300-MW of Solar Facilities in PJM
Press Release - Date: February 21, 2019
NOVEC to Purchase Renewable Energy from 300-MW of Solar Facilities within the PJM Territory through an Agreement with D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI)

The D. E. Shaw Group:
DESRI commercial inquiries — Hy Martin, hy.martin@deshaw.com
Press inquiries — Amanda Ely, amanda.ely@deshaw.com

Contact: NOVEC Public Relations, 1-888-335-0500, communica

MANASSAS, VA. — Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) and D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments (DESRI) recently reached an agreement for NOVEC to purchase approximately 300 megawatts (MW) of electrical energy output from solar facilities owned by DESRI. NOVEC selected DESRI from among multiple bidders to provide the cooperative with additional renewable resources.

“This agreement with DESRI is another step toward meeting our customers’ expectations for more renewable energy in NOVEC’s resource mix. Purchasing the output from these new solar facilities will be a valuable addition to our energy supply,” says NOVEC President and CEO Stan Feuerberg.

The agreement between NOVEC and DESRI formalizes the partnership to develop and construct solar-electric generation facilities within the Dominion/PJM footprint. PJM is a regional transmission organization that serves 13 states, including Virginia, and the District of Columbia.

“This addition of solar generated electricity will become NOVEC’s largest source of renewable energy. Additionally, its projected cost is competitive with the marketplace for comparable on-peak energy,” says Gil Jaramillo, Manager, portfolio optimization and business development.

DESRI owns and operates solar facilities across the United States and has additional facilities in development and under consideration. The planned facilities that would sell energy to NOVEC are expected to consist of ground-mounted solar panels that track the sun’s movement throughout the daylight hours to produce an estimated 300 peak MW of electricity. These in-development solar facilities are expected to achieve commercial operation by 2023.

“The solar plants are a welcome addition to NOVEC’s current 60 MW of renewable resources that include hydroelectric, woody biomass, solar, and landfill methane gas recovery,” says John Rainey, Director, origination and plant operations.
“The DESRI team is thrilled to partner with NOVEC to bring low-cost solar power to Virginia residents,” says David Zwillinger, DESRI President. “We are committed to growing the renewable energy economy in the region.”

The solar facilities involved in the agreement are expected to produce enough electricity to power nearly 73,000 homes, or the equivalent of taking nearly 37,000 passenger vehicles off the road. They are also expected to create 250 jobs during construction with an emphasis on hiring from local communities.

“NOVEC’s strategy is to continue improving our environmental footprint through the addition of new renewable energy sources that are not only clean, but also affordable. The partnership with DESRI does just that,” says Feuerberg.

Press release -- https://www.novec.com/About_NOVEC/News_Release/nr021919.cfm

About NOVEC
NOVEC, headquartered in Manassas, Virginia, is a not-for-profit corporation that provides electricity to more than 170,000 metered customers in Fairfax, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, and Clarke counties, the City of Manassas Park, and the Town of Clifton. It also supplies natural gas and energy products and services to consumers in the Washington, D.C., region. The utility serves more customers than any other Virginia electric co-op and is the 11th largest electric cooperative in the U.S. as measured by retail customers. For more information, visit www.novec.com.

About D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments:
D. E. Shaw Renewable Investments, L.L.C. (DESRI) and its affiliates acquire, own, and manage long-term contracted renewable energy assets in North America. DESRI's portfolio of renewable energy projects currently includes 31 wind and solar projects that represent more than 1,600 MW of aggregate capacity. DESRI is a member of the D. E. Shaw group, a global investment and technology development firm with more than $50 billion in investment and committed capital as of December 1, 2018, and offices in North America, Europe, and Asia. Please visit www.deshaw.com for more information about the D. E. Shaw group.more
Press Release - Date: December 17, 2018
Bellwether Management Solutions has been selected by Weakley County Municipal System, in Martin, TN, to provide AMI Meter Installation and Project Management services as part of Weakley County's Smart Grid Project. The deployment of 21,000 meters will begin in December of 2018 and is anticipated to be complete in December of 2019.
Metering Equipment and Services
Supplier Article - Date: December 17, 2018
   
“Learned this morning that Mark with Bellwether finished installing all of the electric meters, as contracted. I would like to commend the Bellwether Staff and Harry. They coordinated and worked so well together, it can only be described as “poetry in motion”, it was Team Work in every sense of the word. I always received the changeout information in a timely matter and the information was accurate. I only requested a few photos because of customers insistence that the old meter read was wrmore
Press Release - Date: November 28, 2018
Central Service Association and Professional Computer Systems Announce Collaboration

TUPELO, MS and DENISON, IA – November 30, 2018 – Central Service Association (CSA), a member-owned technology cooperative based in Tupelo, Miss., has reached an agreement to purchase the assets of Professional Computer Systems, Co. (PCS), based in Denison, Iowa. This agreement will expand both the product offerings and service area for each company.

The two companies serve a combined 160+ utilitiesmore
The Arbor Day Foundation’s Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy Programs Launches Fall Planting Season
Press Release - Date: October 18, 2018
Lincoln, Nebr. (October 18, 2018) – The Arbor Day Foundation announced today the beginning of its fall tree planting initiatives through its Energy-Saving Trees and Community Canopy programs. Through these two community-based consumer education programs more than 27,000 trees will be distributed by 29partners including utility companies, cities, states, nonprofits and corporate partners across the United States bringing the total number of trees placed in homeowner’s, customers, communities and more
Press Release - Date: September 27, 2018
The updated AreaMax product line leads in lumens, while maintaining its recognizable, lightweight housing, proven surge protection and distinctive diffuse light.

September 27, 2018… Renton, WA. The evolution continues as LED lighting manufacturer Evluma announces an updated release of its AreaMax LED street and area light product family. Utilizing premium performance LEDs from leading vendors, the updated AreaMax leaps ahead of competitors in efficacy, achieving up to 160 lm/W, and over amore
Press Release - Date: September 12, 2018
RelaySimTest is a software solution for system-based protection testing with OMICRON test equipment that takes a novel, future-oriented approach: the test is independent of relay type and relay manufacturer and the often very extensive parameter settings. Instead, it completely focuses on the correct behavior of the protection system. This is made possible by simulating realistic events in the power system.

Compared to conventional test methods (such as settings-based testing with Test Unmore
Energy New England, LLC Announces Additions to Energy Efficiency
Press Release - Date: September 11, 2018

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: John G. Tzimorangas, 508‐698‐1234

ENERGY NEW ENGLAND, LLC ANNOUNCES ADDITIONS TO ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Foxboro, MA – September 11, 2018 ‐ Energy New England, LLC (ENE), a leader in Power Supply, Risk Management and Energy Efficiency services has announced addition team members to the Energy Efficiency division of the organization. President and CEO John G. Tzimorangas made the following announcement at the company headqmore
White Paper - Date: May 22, 2018
When Johnson City Power Board (JCPB) re-branded itself as BrightRidge in 2017, it was a good time for the utility to take stock of its current standing and evaluate its future technology needs. Chief Data Officer Eric Egan recalls that in 2010, when the utility decided to invest in a Tantalus Utility Network (TUNet) advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) system from Tantalus Systems to meet a requirement to support time-of-use rates, he was skeptical that JCPB would see a positive return on the more
Press Release - Date: May 22, 2018
Mar 28, 2018

Tantalus Surpasses Two Million Active Utility Endpoints in Over 150 Utilities

The company’s growth in 2017 solidifies its place as a market leader in grid modernization

RALEIGH, NC – March 28, 2018 —Tantalus Systems, a smart grid technology company that helps utilities make smarter decisions, announced today that 24 additional Municipal and Cooperative utilities, representing over 365,000 electric meters, selected the company as its advanced metering infrastrucmore
Quick and easy three-phase testing
Press Release - Date: April 18, 2018
New test system TESTRANO 600: Compact, powerful, unique.
With TESTRANO 600, OMICRON has developed the world’s first portable, three-phase test sys-tem, which supports all common electrical tests on power transformers. Weighing just 44 lbs/20 kg, it is ideal for routine and diagnostic testing on-site and during factory acceptance tests (FAT). In addition, its innovative design significantly reduces wiring efforts, cutting down testing time to one third compared to conventional single-phase temore
White Paper - Date: April 18, 2018
Most utilities agree it's time to rethink the way they charge for electricity. They understand that technological advances and power generation alternatives are making current approaches obsolete. New rate designs can profoundly affect the choices their customers make. The real debate is over what tomorrow's rate designs should look like. There are many possibilities. To learn more: http://more