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Accenture Appoints Two New Executives

Accenture has named Paul Daugherty chief technology architect and Gavin Michael chief technology innovation officer. Both executives will report to Kevin Campbell, group chief executive of Technology. The appointments become effective July 1.

Utility executives at KEMAs

Utility of the Future Leadership Forum predict smart grid will bring greatest industry disruption in century Customer demands will require utilities to develop new tech strategies and rethink centralized architecture. KEMA’s Fourth Annual Utility of the Future Leadership Forum brought together utility executives, energy innovators and decision-makers for a day-and-a-half discussion of the industry’s challenges and opportunities. Presentations and conversations focused on the high risks associated with the cutting-edge technologies that shape the utility landscape and the need to write the rulebook as it continues to grow and evolve. One critical takeaway is the disruptive effect of the smart grid and other recent market, technology and environmental trends, and the opportunities and challenges they will create.


Singapore PowerGrid Selects Telvent for Next Generation Utility Technology

News that Telvent’s array of smart grid solutions will help utility leverage data to improve operational efficiencies, ensure consistent power delivery and maximize customer satisfaction. Telvent (NASDAQ: TLVT), the leading real-time IT solutions and information provider for a sustainable world, announced today that Singapore PowerGrid (SPPG) has selected to work with Telvent on implementing the next generation of GIS and outage management technology. With multiple Telvent solutions paired with Esri South Asia and Microsoft platforms, SPPG will be able to reduce service disruptions and associated costs caused by power outages.

Telvent Selected for Spanish Smart Grid Project

Telvent, which provides real-time IT solutions and information to help companies become more sustainable, has been selected to design, install, and manage the distributed control system (DCS) for the first two solar thermal power plants in the Abengoa’s Extremadura Solar Platform, located in Logrosán, Cáceres, Spain. The deal, which marks the fifteenth Abengoa-owned commercial power plant in Spain for which Telvent has developed integrated control systems, is part of Telvent’s strategy to further its global smart grid leadership in the solar industry.

Schneider Electric to Acquire Telvent

Schneider Electric has announced the acquisition of Telvent, which provides high value-added IT software and solutions of real-time management of smart infrastructures. It provides its customers with increased reliability and flexibility of power distribution networks as well as operational and energy efficiency of their infrastructures. The deal has been approved by the board of directors of Telvent.

MISO Moves Forward with Synchrophasors

The Midwest Independent System Operator (MISO) has installed and integrated the first 44 synchrophasors, advanced electronic measurement devices known as phasor measurement units (PMU), at strategic points along the regional transmission network. The $34.5 million program is partially funded by a $17.3 million Recovery Act grant awarded by the United States Department of Energy to modernize the nation’s electrical grid.

Petra Solar CTO to Speak at Networked Grid Conference

The Chief Technology Officer of Petra Solar, Dr. Johan Enslin, will present on the first day of the Networked Grid conference taking place in San Francisco, CA on May 3-4, 2011. Dr. Enslin will join grid management experts on The Emergence of Next-Generation Power Electronics for Grid Optimization, Monitoring and Actuation panel to discuss the changing dynamics of the electric grid and the need for intelligent, quick responding, and high performance equipment driven by advanced power electronics. The panel takes place from 2:45 pm – 3:45 pm on May 3rd.

PG&E Corporation’s Embattled CEO Steps Down

The Board of Directors of Pacific Gas & Electric Corporation will elect a new lead executive in the coming weeks in light of current Chairman, CEO and President Peter Darbee’s announced retirement, effective April 30, 2011. The company’s utility unit, Pacific Gas and Electric (PG&E) Company, will continue to be led by President Christopher P. Johns.

Constellation Acquires CPower; Launches New Education Program

Constellation Energy announced it will acquire energy management and demand response provider CPower, which designs and manages programs that enable commercial, utility, and public sector customers to reduce electricity demand during peak demand periods. The acquisition expands Constellation Energy’s total demand response capacity to 1,500 megawatts. The deal is expected in the fourth quarter of 2010. Terms were not disclosed.

Petra Solar Announces New CFO

Petra Solar has appointed John S. Rego chief financial officer and treasurer. As CFO, Rego will be responsible for the company’s accounting, finance, treasury, taxation, human resources, public relations, and information technology. Rego has more than 25 years of executive leadership experience in building technology companies. Prior to joining Petra, Rego spent seven years with Vonage Holdings Corp. as executive vice president, chief financial officer and treasurer and was responsible for raising over $1.3 billion in capital.