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Avanti International Names New President, Director

Avanti International announced Frank Aguilar has been appointed President, and Angela Magill, widow of founder David Magill, has been elected Director, effective Nov. 8, 2017. In their new roles, Aguilar and Magill will work together to achieve strategic operational goals, utilize proper resource al..

Utility Honored for Technology Innovation to Predict and Prevent Power Outages

Florida Power & Light Company (FPL) has been awarded the prestigious AEIC Achievement Award from the Association of Edison Illuminating Companies (AEIC) for a technology breakthrough in anticipating intermittent power failures and, in turn, improving the company’s ability to take preventative ac..

Two American Water Executives Honored

American Water today announced that two of its executives were honored by the Philadelphia Business Journal. Chief Operating Officer Walter Lynch was named a Veteran of Influence, while Deborah Degillio, president of American Water’s market-based business, was among a group of honorees recognized as..

GridLiance Makes Leadership Changes, Moves Headquarters

GridLiance today announced that J. Calvin Crowder has been named President & CEO and Alison Zimlich has been named Chief Financial Officer. Crowder brings 25 years of electric utility industry experience to GridLiance, including expertise developing long-term transmission expansion, regulatory and ..

Route Survey Completed for Subsea Fiber-Optic Cable Project

As part of Crosslake Fibre’s project to lay the first subsea fiber-optic cable directly across Lake Ontario, Pioneer Consulting’s oceanographic experts have completed the marine route survey, which will help establish the most reliable route for the project. Once installed, the 60-kilometer cable wi..

ARCOS' Software to Help Electric Utility Expedite Service Restoration

ARCOS LLC today announced it has started the process of implementing its ARCOS® Callout and Scheduling Suite to help Northern Virginia Electric Cooperative (NOVEC) expedite electric service restoration, focus on safety and reduce the utility’s System Average Interruption Duration Index (SAIDI), whic..

New York Accepting Nominations for Public Service Award

New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that nominations are now being accepted for the Empire Star Public Service Award, a $5,000 professional development scholarship program for state employees. Nominations are being accepted for those who have distinguished themselves through their dedication..

National Rural Water Association Partners with Department of Labor on Apprenticeship Program

The National Rural Water Association (NRWA), today announced a partnership with the United States Department of Labor (DOL) to launch a nationwide apprenticeship program. The WaterPro Apprenticeship Program, tailored to water and wastewater system operations specialists, is now a nationally-reco..

Vermont Council Reopens Bidding Process for Telecom Utility

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington officials have formed a committee to determine how to vote on a buyer for the city’s Burlington Telecom utility following a failed joint venture proposal. The Burlington Free Press reports a final vote has been scheduled for Nov. 27. The finalists, Ting and Keep Bu..

Pure Technologies Receives Pipeline Condition Assessment Contract

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (MWD) has awarded Pure Technologies’ wholly-owned subsidiary, Pure Technologies U.S. Inc., a contract worth up to US$4.2 million over five years for the inspection of their Prestressed Concrete Cylinder Pipelines (PCCP). Work under the contract ..

City OKs Sale of Water System to California American Water

The Bellflower City Council has approved the sale of the city’s municipal water system to California American Water. “We have a strong legacy and presence in the Los Angeles region where we’ve been providing water service for over 50 years,” said Rich Svindland, California American Water President...

EQT Appoints New Directors

EQT Corporation today announced it has has appointed Thomas F. Karam and Norman J. Szydlowski to the company’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Karam has served as a senior executive and entrepreneur in the midstream energy sector for more than 25 years. He is the founder and Chairman of ..

National Grid, Department of Energy to Collaborate on Grid Modernization and Energy Storage Research

National Grid and the Department of Energy’s (DOE) Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL) have entered into an agreement to work together on research in the areas of transmission grid modernization and energy storage technologies. The electricity industry is undergoing sweeping changes, inclu..

Firm Opposes Subpoena in Bribery Case Against Ex-Regulator

PHOENIX (AP) – A water company whose owner is charged with bribing a former Arizona utility regulator is opposing a subpoena that orders the Corporation Commission to turn over records as part of the criminal case. Lawyers for Johnson Utilities say the records are related to its rate case before th..

Utility Set to Meet with Officials About Buying Gas Company

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A utility company’s representatives are scheduled to meet with state officials to work on the terms for buying a natural gas business that will bring service to more customers in the Fairbanks area. Interior Gas Utility Board Chairman Mike Meeks and recently appointed board..

Oncor, Sharyland Complete Asset Exchange

InfraREIT, Inc. today announced the closing of the asset exchange transaction between the company’s subsidiary, Sharyland Distribution & Transmission Services, L.L.C. and Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC, in which Sharyland Distribution & transmission Services exchanged its retail distributio..

Emera Announces Board Appointment

Emera Inc. today announced the appointment of Kent Harvey to Emera’s Board of Directors, effective immediately. Harvey is an accomplished executive with more than 30 years of experience at PG&E Corporation. After 33 years in progressively senior roles, he retired as Chief Financial Officer for PG&E..

SJW Group to Purchase Deer Creek Ranch Water System Assets

SJW Group’s wholly-owned subsidiary, SJWTX, Inc., has entered into an agreement to purchase Deer Creek Ranch Water Co., LLC’s water system assets. The system includes approximately 750 service connections over an area of 1,191 acres in Hays and Travis counties on the rapidly growing western fringe o..

American Water Names Brig. Gen. David Turner President of Military Services Group

American Water today named Brig. Gen. David Turner (retired) as the new president of the company’s Military Services Group (MSG), effective Nov. 20. Gen. Turner will replace Todd Duerr, who is leaving the business effective Jan. 1, 2018. “Todd has been a valued leader for the Military Services Grou..

Four Senior Leaders Join Navigant’s Global Energy Practice

Navigant Consulting, Inc. today announced four senior-level industry experts have joined the company’s growing global Energy practice. The four experts joining Navigant’s global Energy practice are: Mike Bianco, Managing Director, Austin, Texas Bianco brings 26 years of experience in leading infor..

O’Leary Named President of PCT International

PCT International, Inc. today announced Adrian O’Leary has been named President, effective immediately. As President, O’Leary will be responsible for managing the company’s global business. He will report directly to Steve Youtsey, PCT International CEO and Founder. Before joining PCT International..

Vermont Town Proposes Joint Venture Purchase of Telecom Utility

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — Burlington officials have directed the two buyers vying for the city’s Burlington Telecom utility to figure out a joint venture proposal. The Burlington Free Press reports Councilor Ali Dieng proposed the joint venture Monday night after the two votes to decide a final buyer ..

Aquam Receives $26 Million to Expand Pipeline Infrastructure Services

Aquam Corporation today announced that it has secured $26 million in growth capital from the environmentally-focused private equity firm, NewWorld Capital Group, LLC, with participation from a Credit Suisse advised fund. The funding will go toward further product development and geographic expansion..

Emera Makes Leadership Change

Emera Inc. today announced that Nancy Tower will become the President and Chief Executive Officer of Tampa Electric upon Gordon Gillette’s retirement on Nov. 30. “Gordon has played a key role in integrating Tampa Electric into the Emera group of companies, and he is leaving the organization well po..

Companies to Build First Subsea Fiber-Optic Route Between U.S. and India

Seaborn Networks and IOX Cable Ltd have entered into a joint-provisioning agreement to provide the first next-generation subsea fiber-optic route between the U.S and India that will interconnect in South Africa and Brazil. Once completed, the project will connect Seaborn Networks’ Seabras-1, a subs..

Brian Nessen Joins Gulf Publishing Company as Group Publisher for Pipelines and Infrastructure Group

Brian Nessen, an experienced business-to-business media and trade show executive, has joined Gulf Publishing Company as Group Publisher. Nessen will manage a group that includes Pipeline & Gas Journal, Underground Construction, Underground Construction Technology conference and exhibition, and the P..

Samples Clear, but Pennsylvania Customers Told to Continue Boiling Water

PITTSBURGH (AP) — Pennsylvania American Water says it’s detected no contamination in sampling conducted after the company told 100,000 customers to boil their water. The water company said Wednesday the boil advisory will remain in effect until it gets results from a second round of sampling. Penn..

EPA Head Names Oil and Gas, Utility Executives to Science Advisory Boards

WASHINGTON (AP) — The head of the Environmental Protection Agency has named a slate of new members to federal science advisory boards, including several who work for chemical and fossil-fuel interests. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt announced his appointments Friday, after saying he would block sci..

Trenton Water Works Asks Customers to Use Less Water

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — The utility company that services Trenton is asking customers to use less water due to operational issues. The Trentonian reports the state Department of Environment Protection issued a release on Saturday requesting Trenton Water Works customers cut back on water use. Accordin..

Con Edison Crews, Equipment to Aid Puerto Rico Power Restoration

Consolidated Edison, Inc. today announced seventy vehicles have arrived at a shipping terminal in southern New Jersey and will be loaded onto a cargo ship for a trip to Puerto Rico, where they’ll be part of the massive campaign to restore power. More than 100 power line workers, technical specialis..