Sixth Dimension to Pilot Real-Time Pricing Program for KCP&L Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), Kansas City, Missouri, U.S., has selected Sixth Dimension, Fort Collins, Colorado, U.S., to pilot a program for select manufacturing and commercial customers. The programs will enable customers to use the Internet to obtain immediate information about their energy use and associated energy costs to more effectively and efficiently control those costs.

In coming months, Sixth Dimension will install a customized service that features software and hardware at each KCP&L customer pilot site. The service uses Sixth Dimension's Internet-based network, 6D iNet, to provide real-time energy information from electric meters. The data from the meters, such as energy use and energy price, is instantaneously accessible to the customer via Sixth Dimension's PowerPortal Web site.

Rather than using a single dedicated on-site terminal to retrieve data, customers can use Sixth Dimension's solution to access information and make energy decisions from the Internet.

KCP&L will provide its real-time pricing service by 4 p.m. the following day to customers who are guaranteed next-day hourly energy prices.

GE Smallworld Secures New Utility for Automation Software Implementation Tucson Electric Power (TEP) of Tucson, Arizona, U.S., has become the 21st utility to use GE Smallworld's PowerOn software for its distribution management system. The PowerOn system enables utilities to automate their customer outage-response and dispatch systems, resulting in faster response to customer queries and reducing outage-restoration time. GE Smallworld expects to complete the implementation at TEP, which serves 325,000 customers, in less than 12 months.

AES CILCO Chooses Retx's Internet Load-Management Application AES Central Illinois Light Co. (AES CILCO) has chosen Retx's Internet application, Load Management Dispatcher (LMD), for selected customers in its service area.

Retx is providing the application to AES CILCO for end-use customers who choose a load-curtailment strategy. LMD is a Web-based application developed for energy service providers and local distribution companies. It simultaneously monitors real-time hourly trading prices and end-use customers' energy-load management, while allowing the energy company and customer to share the profits made from load curtailment.

AES CILCO will offer the application to customers who have chosen to participate in its market sharing program.

PSE&G Goes Live With Real-Time Operations Management System Public Service Electric and Gas (PSE&G) has gone live with the first phase of its multimillion-dollar end-to-end M3i Real-time Operations Management System (ROMS) and PragmaSmart delivery. This first of four roll-outs brings the Newark, New Jersey, U.S. metropolitan area online, improving service to approximately 25% of PSE&G's 2 million customers.

The conversion included aspects such as digitizing 845 circuits from paper maps for the ESRI-based geographic information system, geo-locating more than 500,000 customers and assigning them to transformers, and verifying customer and circuit connectivity through an exhaustive QA/QC process.

Baltimore Gas & Electric Chooses Apex Data Services for Atlas Project Baltimore Gas and Electric (BGE) has selected Apex Data Services Inc. to convert its paper and electronic data into a customized GE Smallworld environment for the BGE Atlas Project.

The project will include the conversion of gas and electric distribution systems. An important feature of the Atlas Project is the substantial investment BGE has already made in creating its Distribution Management Information System (DMIS) database. The database is a fully connected, non-graphic model of BGE's electric system, containing attribute data. Through its data-centric DataWorks conversion technology, Apex was able to design a highly cost-effective and sound conversion approach, leveraging BGE's investment in the DMIS database to the fullest extent.

ABB Unit to Provide Tenaska Power With Energy Trading and Management System A U.S. unit of ABB has won a contract from Tenaska Power Services Co. to provide an energy trading and information management system. Tenaska Power Services Co., a power marketing company based in Dallas, Texas, U.S., will use the system to manage transactions with the independent system operator (ISO) in the Texas power market. Neither party is ready to disclose the terms of the deal.

The ABB product, QSE in a Box, integrates functions important in the energy trading and scheduling process, including bidding, automated XML interface, real-time unit dispatch and real-time accounting for settlement. Tenaska plans to use the system to manage transactions with the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT), which is the ISO for Texas. ERCOT has designated Tenaska Power Services as a qualified scheduling entity (QSE) for the ERCOT ISO market.

BC Gas and Peace Software Launch Phase Two of E-Business Expansion Peace Software, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S., and BC Gas Inc., a provider of energy and utility services in Western Canada and the U.S. Pacific Northwest, have launched the second phase of their implementation. The implementation will further e-enable BC Gas' business for impending deregulation.

The next implementation phase involves enhancing the utility's online customer care environment with new automation of business processes. For example, field service work will be automatically scheduled and dispatched at the time the customer calls the call center.

Usource's Strategic Partnerships to Expand Benefits of Utility Deregulation U.S. businesses, municipalities, school districts and similar private and public entities in Pennsylvania, New Jersey and throughout the Northeast will find it easier to shop for the best energy prices. In a rapidly deregulating market, Usource LLC, an affiliate of New Hampshire, U.S.-based Unitil Corp., has announced two new strategic partnership agreements that will use the Usource system to help find the best deals for its clients.

The two new partners are Power Alternatives of Setauket, New York, U.S., which works with municipalities, and Reslynx, a Philadelphia, U.S.-based residential real estate rental management and marketing firm. Usource, which provides Web-based energy solutions, including neutral energy brokering, offers a one-stop shopping service for smaller- to medium-sized businesses and other energy users who either lack the access or expertise to shop for the best deal from major energy suppliers.

The staff of Transmission & Distribution World is proud to announce the addition of Automation Editor Matt Tani, who joins the magazine after a distinguished career at Arizona Public Service Co. (APS). Over the past six years, Tani served as IT Leader overseeing a multi-year US$25 million capital budget and directing a staff of 58 technical, user and contract personnel. Tani's group installed the existing geographical information system (GIS) that today encompasses more than 900 sq mi (2331 sq km). Tani also was responsible for the installation of the T&D work management system and trouble call (outage) management system.

Prior to 1995, Tani served as manager of energy management systems (EMS), where he directed a staff of 30 with a multi-year US$15 million capital budget to replace a mainframe-based EMS with a distributed EMS using networked workstations on the UNIX platform. Tani's group also supported software applications for the generation, engineering and transmission departments. Other roles at APS included the development of process control computer systems, software support and real-time computer applications.

Tani earned the BS degree in mathematics with high distinction from Colorado State University and the MS degree from the University of Illinois under a National Science Foundation fellowship.

Tani, who has written numerous technical articles and has played an active role in the IT community, joins Automation Columnist Chuck Newton in covering developments in the automation arena.