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Primoris Agrees to Acquire Willbros

Primoris Services Corporation today announced that it has entered into a definitive merger agreement to acquire Willbros Group, Inc. in an all-cash transaction. Primoris will pay $0.60 per share for all of the outstanding stock of Willbros and will settle all of the existing Willbros debt obligation..

CommScope Names Pease CFO

CommScope today announced it has named Alexander W. Pease executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective April 2. Pease succeeds Mark Olson is retiring from the company. Pease, who has more than 18 years of extensive financial and operational experience across a wide range of indus..

Comcast Business Invests $1.7 Million to Expand High-Performance Fiber-Optic Network in Pennsylvania

Comcast Business today announced it has invested $1.7 million in an expansion of its fiber-based network in Harrisburg, reaching more than 600 additional businesses directly and benefiting hundreds more by making the network more accessible. Capable of delivering up to 100 Gigabits-per-second (G..

Downing Joins Black & Veatch as Water Technology Group Innovation Leader

Black & Veatch today announced it has added Leon Downing as a principal process and innovation leader in the global construction, engineering and consulting company’s Water Technology Group. As an expert in resource recovery design and modeling, Downing will provide technology leadership and client..

New Administrator Chosen for Louisiana Utility Commission

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana’s state utility regulatory agency has a new top administrator, chosen from within the agency’s ranks. The Louisiana Public Service Commission chose Brandon Frey to be its executive secretary, a position that oversees the day-to-day operations of the agency. Frey h..

Georgia Public Service Commission OK's Dominion Energy, SCANA Merger

The Georgia Public Service Commission has unanimously approved the merger of Dominion Energy, Inc. and SCANA Corporation, becoming the first state regulatory agency to act on the proposed merger. “We greatly appreciate the prompt action by Chairman McDonald and the other commissioners i..

ACSI: Customer Satisfaction with Utilities Inches Up in Competitive Energy Landscape

According to ACSI’s 2018 Utilities Report, despite rapid advances in the energy industry throughout 2017, customer satisfaction with gas and electric providers inched up only 0.4 percent to a score of 75.2 (on a 100-point scale). The ACSI results include cooperative, investor-owned, and..

NASSCO Names Joy Executive Director

After an extensive, nationwide search, the Executive Board of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) today announced the appointment of Sheila Joy as Executive Director, effective April 2, 2018. Joy will report to NASSCO’s Board of Directors and lead NASSCO in its ongoing missi..

NASSCO Launches Nation-Wide Search for Executive Director

The National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) has opened a search for its next executive director. Recently, the NASSCO board of directors accepted the resignation of Ted DeBoda, P.E., who served as executive director for eight years. DeBoda will continue his role as a Pipeline Asses..

Underground Construction Business: People

Brierley Associates Jim Williams, P.E., joined Brierley Associates’ Trenchless Services sector, which provides assistance to the energy industry and other market sectors using HDD and trenchless technologies in the Texas region. He has more than 24 years of experience in underground engineering and..

NASSCO Celebrates Strong Year of Accomplishments

In 2017, NASSCO (National Association of Sewer Service Companies) continued to expand its influence in the industry with numerous active programs. NASSCO is a national organization dedicated to improving standards relating to the assessment, maintenance and rehabilitation of underground wastewater i..

INGAA Tries to Ward Off Attempt to Force Rate Cuts

Interstate gas pipelines are trying to convince the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to ignore pleas from gas producers and other shippers to cut the rates pipelines charge their customers to reflect lower tax rates enacted by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017. A number of gas shippers a..

Standard Bearers: Philip Wildbore

EDITOR’S NOTE: NASSCO just completed its 42nd year and continues to set standards for the assessment and rehabilitation of underground infrastructure. As the association experiences remarkable growth, this series profiles those who have made significant contributions, and impacted the continued ac..

Hydro One and Avista Reach Settlement in Principle in Washington Merger Case

Hydro One Limited and Avista Corporation  today announced they have filed a Notification of a settlement with the Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (WUTC), with a settlement agreement between all parties involved to be filed no later than March 27, 2018. The settlement in principle..

SJW Group, Connecticut Water Service to Combine In All-Stock Transaction

SJW Group and Connecticut Water Service, Inc. today announced that both companies’ boards of directors have unanimously approved a definitive agreement to combine in an all-stock merger to create the third largest investor-owned water and wastewater utility in the United States, based on pro-forma e..

Alaska Communications Expands Broadband Offerings for Rural Customers

Alaska Communications today announced it has entered into an agreement to provide support solutions to Nome-based Kawerak, a regional non-profit corporation, by offering competitive, high-speed broadband. This agreement will address the extremely high prices and substantial bandwidth constraints pre..

Metropolitan Water District of Southern California Names Williams to Board

The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California (Metropolitan) has appointed Harold Williams to serve on the district’s board of directors. Williams joins Gloria Gray representing the West Basin Municipal Water District on the 38-member Metropolitan board. He succeeds Donald Dear, who served..

Ridgewood Infrastructure Sells Interests in Neptune Regional Transmission System

Ridgewood Infrastructure, LLC, a value-adding investor focused on water and other essential infrastructure in the U.S. lower middle market, today announced the sale of its managed interests in the Neptune Regional Transmission System. The Neptune Regional Transmission System is a 65-mile submar..

Fiber Optic Sensing Association Releases Installation Considerations for Pipelines

The Fiber Optic Sensing Association (FOSA), the world’s premier trade association for distributed fiber optic sensing (DFOS), today released FOSA Installation Considerations for Pipelines, which contains guidance on the selection and positioning of fiber optic cables to maximize the benefits of DFOS..

Shuler Named PLCA's President of Associate Members

The Pipe Line Contractors Association (PLCA) today announced it has named Jared Shuler President of Associate Members. A PLCA member for the last nine years, Shuler, who previously served as the association’s senior vice president of pipeline contract services, will serve in his new role for a term..

Trial Demonstrates Control of Fiber Capacity with Real-Time Optical Awareness

Telia Carrier and Coriant today announced the successful completion of a live field trial of cutting-edge technology optimized for real-time optical performance awareness and dynamic provisioning of fiber optic capacity. The industry-first trial, conducted last month on a live fiber route in Telia C..

Adolite Unveils Solutions Designed to Speed Data Providers’ Growth

Adolite Inc. today demonstrated new technology to help providers keep up with accelerating data growth.at the Optical Fiber Communication Conference and Exhibition (OFC) 2018, taking place March 13-15, 2018 in San Diego, California. With the company’s major breakthroughs in materials science and pr..

Finisar Introduces First 400G QSFP-DD Active Optical Cable

Finisar today announced it will unveil the first 400G active optical cable (AOC) in the QSFP-DD form factor at the Optical Networking and Communication Conference & Exhibition (OFC) 2018, taking place March 13-15 in San Diego, California. Leveraging VCSEL technology to achieve the lowest power diss..

Retired Con Edison President Elected to Ameren's Board

Ameren Corporation today announced that Craig S. Ivey, retired president of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison), has been elected to the Ameren board of directors, effective March 9, 2018. Ivey served as president of Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. f..

NASSCO Announces Change in Leadership

The Board of the National Association of Sewer Service Companies (NASSCO) announced in mid-January the acceptance of the resignation of Executive Director Ted DeBoda, P.E. He will continue his role as a Pipeline Assessment Certification Program (PACP) Master Trainer and will provide consulting servi..

ACEC Recognizes Contractor for Work on New York Natural Gas Pipeline

Ecology and Environment Engineering, P.C. (E & E) has been awarded the American Council of Engineering Companies of New York (ACEC New York) Platinum Engineering Excellence Award in the Environmental category. The prestigious award recognizes E & E’s pioneering work on Williams Gas Pipelines’ Rockaw..

Caterpillar Foundation Launches Value of Water Campaign

To raise awareness of the value of water and the impact of the global water crisis on community health, education and economics, the Caterpillar Foundation, together with its global partners, today launched the Value of Water campaign. Currently, about 844 million people worldwide still..

OFS Introduces TeraWave SCUBA 125 Optical Fiber

OFS today introduced the TeraWave SCUBA 125 Optical Fiber, optimally designed to deliver excellent performance for coherent transport submarine systems.  The effective area is matched to terrestrial G.654.E fibers for excellent performance from the ocean landing site to terrestrial networks, and..

Sempra Energy Acquires Majority Stake In Oncor

Sempra Energy today completed its $9.45 billion acquisition of Energy Future Holdings Corp. (EFH), including EFH’s approximate 80-percent indirect ownership interest in Oncor Electric Delivery Company LLC (Oncor). The closing of the transaction creates a utility holding company with the largest ..

Corning Develops High-Fiber-Count Rapid Installation Ribbon Cable

Corning Incorporated today announced its latest optical fiber cable innovation – RocketRibbon(TM) extreme-density cable. RocketRibbon is a next-generation ribbon cable, which enables up to 30 percent faster installation than other high density ribbon cables designed for data center and carrier envir..