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  • Kmorales
    6 Nov 2015 - 15:14 by Kmorales



    November 06, 2015

    Contacts: Tim Maier, BPU General Manager, 620-245-2532
    Mark Wurm, BPU Assistant General Manager, 620-245-2533

    The City of McPherson, Board of Public Utilities Seeks Proposals for up to 20 Megawatts of Renewable Energy

    McPherson, Ks – McPherson BPU’s management announced today that they have released a request for proposals (RFP) from renewable energy providers for any amount and type of renewable energy up to 20mw to add to their energy portfolio. Proposals are due to McPherson BPU by December 15, 2015. Proposals will then be evaluated to determine if renewables will be added to their current portfolio.

    BPU said a main driver in the decision to look into adding these renewables is that they understand that customers are paying closer attention to their ecological footprint. “We know that a stronger emphasis has been placed on performance metrics measuring energy efficiency and sustainability practices for many of our large industrial customers. They are expected not only to meet environmental standards, but to exceed them. The McPherson BPU wants to support customer renewability, sustainability, and efficiency efforts and to be considered more of a partner in our customer’s green initiatives”, says BPU Key Account Manager, Kasi Morales.

    Another driver in the decision to consider adding renewables is the The Clean Power Plan’s requirement to reduce CO2 emissions. “Right now about 85% of BPU’s purchased energy comes from coal which is a high CO2 emitting resource. Westar has been very proactive in reducing SO2 and NOx emission levels from their coal fired power plants, but currently there is no commercially viable method to remove CO2. Between 2005 and 2012 SO2 emissions were reduced 85% and NOx levels were reduced 66%”, stated Tim Maier, BPU General Manager.

    BPU stated that while they are motivated to entertain proposals they do not want to compromise their competitive and stable rate structure. BPU provides one of the lowest cost electric power in the Nation. Electric intensive industrial customers have prospered in McPherson with the industrial average rate being only 5.1 cents per kWh in 2015. In addition to the competitive rates, BPU’s customers enjoy BPU’s virtually unlimited capacity and unbeatable reliability through their fully redundant electric system. BPU’s stable and competitive rates are credited to an interconnect agreement with Westar Energy.

    Much of McPherson’s economic development success and appeal to electric intensive customers is attributed to the municipally owned Board of Public Utilities. Several large industrial companies in the McPherson area include Pfizer (manufacturer of pharmaceutical drugs), CHS Oil Refinery (gasoline and oil products), Viega (plastic and metal), Johns-Manville (fiberglass insulation) and many others.

    “Right now prices for renewables are competitive especially when the production tax credits that are currently available are figured in. BPU is looking at renewable options either offsite or even onsite, if cost is favorable”, stated BPU Assistant GM, Mark Wurm.


  • NickL
    5 Oct 2015 - 14:19 by NickL

    The architecture for storing contacts on OpenEI was recently updated to improve efficiency and user experience.  Contacts on OpenEI are designed to provide contact information for industry professionals or organization positions.  Contact information can be added to any of the 17k+ organization pages that exist on OpenEI, which then displays a contact card on that organization page.

    Contacts can also be used for different pages and sections within OpenEI.  The RAPID Toolkit is one example of how contacts can be used within the wiki.  Contact information can be added to RAPID Roadmap pages, and uses a semantic relationship to retrieve the contact information from an organization page and display it on the roadmap page itself.  This update helps to maintain the relationships that existed before, providing a way for people interested in development, policy or permitting to find and connect with the appropriate person or persons at different organizations and agencies during the different phases of project development.

    The recent contact update now provides an easier way to add and edit contacts that may be listed on different roadmap pages.

    For more information on how to add and work with contacts on OpenEI, please visit the Help:Contacts page.

  • PPL-Procurement
    27 Aug 2015 - 11:11 by PPL-Procurement

    PPL Electric RFP is seeking to procure over 200,000 Tier II alternative energy credits (AECs) for PPL Electric Utilities Corporation to meet the Pennsylvania Alternative Energy Portfolio Standard. Qualification materials must be received by September 14 at 12PM EST.

    Contact: Ben Chee at or (215) 568-0200/(914) 473-8870.

  • Bhupendras
    30 Jul 2015 - 06:22 by Bhupendras

    About DC Power System

    DC power systems supply voltage or current of fixed polarity, either positive or negative. It can be powered from an AC or DC source. A basic DC power system consists of a transformer, a rectifier, a filter, and a regulator. All these components help provide a constant and ripple free DC output. It is used in a wide variety of applications in telecommunication, data centers, and transportation. These systems are also commonly used in various industries such as oil and gas, consumer electronics, and automotive.

    As per the analysts forecast the global DC power system market to grow at a CAGR of 3.6% over the period 2014-2019.

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    Covered in this Report

    This report covers the present scenario and the growth prospects of the global DC power system market for the period 2015-2019. To calculate the market size, the report covers the revenue generated from end-user segments such as telecommunication, industrial, and commercial segments.

    Global DC Power System Market 2015-2019 has been prepared based on an in-depth market analysis with inputs from industry experts. It presents the vendor landscape and a corresponding detailed analysis of the major vendors in the global DC power system market. In addition, it discusses the major drivers that influence the growth of the market. It also outlines the challenges faced by vendors and the market at large, as well as the key trends that are emerging in the market.
    Key Vendors
    • Eltek
    • Emerson Network Power
    • General Electric
    • Huawei Technologies

    Other Prominent Vendors
    • AEG Power Solutions
    • Alpha Group
    • C&D Technologies
    • Critical Power
    • Pioneer Magnetics
    • Power One Micro Systems
    • Schneider Electric
    • Shindengen Electric Manufacturing

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    Market Driver
    • Growth of telecom infrastructure in APAC and Africa
    • For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Market Challenge
    • Declining profit margins
    • For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Market Trend
    • Increase in ultra-high capacity optical networks
    • For a full, detailed list, view our report

    Key Questions Answered in this Report
    • What will the market size be in 2019 and what will the growth rate be?
    • What are the key market trends?
    • What is driving this market?
    • What are the challenges to market growth?
    • Who are the key vendors in this market space?
    • What are the market opportunities and threats faced by the key vendors?
    • What are the strengths and weaknesses of the key vendors?

  • NickL
    22 Jul 2015 - 15:16 by NickL

    The U.S. Department of Energy and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy released an article today that demonstrates how the electric industry and community are responding to the Green Button Initiative. Since the Initiative was launched in 2012 it has made headway with both industry and consumers. Today, more than 150 utility and service providers have committed to providing over 60 million U.S. households with access to their own Green Button energy data. The article highlights the Green Button Alliance, the Connect My Data program, international adoption and use of Green Button data in contests such as SDG&E's Second Annual Energy Conservation Competition and the SunShot Catalyst Program.

    Read the full article to learn more or find out how to share Green Button success stories and innovations:
    Green Button Initiative Makes Headway with Electric Industry and Consumers

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