Itron managed services deal with UK firm a first: Utilita, a leading supplier of prepayment gas and electricity in the UK, has signed a contract with Council Lead Partner Itron for a full suite of services in support of its customers using key prepayment electricity meters. The deal marks the first of this kind as Itron expands its offering to include managed services for small energy suppliers. “Utilita is the first small supplier to use the shared industry solution, and we look forward to rolling out this new offer across the U.K.," said Nigel Hughes, Itron vice president of sales, marketing and delivery for Energy, Northern Europe.
Cisco and Schneider plan innovation center in Barcelona: An old factory in Barcelona's business and technology district will be transformed into an innovation center focusing on smart cities. Council Lead Partner Cisco and Associate Partner Schneider Electric will invest €6 million in the building's renovation to set up their new research centers, according to the Catalan News Agency. The two companies then plan to invest a total of €37 million in the centers over the course of the next five years. Barcelona´s City Council will also occupy a part of the renovated building for offices of its new Institute of Technology for the Habitat.
CH2M HILL wins contract to improve rail access to Polish ports: The contract to develop a feasibility study and provide recommendations to improve rail access to two ports in North West Poland has been won by Council Associate Partner CH2M HILL. The area is one of the biggest port complexes in the Baltic Sea region and current rail infrastructure, owned by the largest rail operator in Poland, PKP PLK, does not currently meet the standards required. "This important project will shorten journey times and increase line capacity and accessibility for rail transport," said Joanna Bensz, Country Manager at CH2M HILL. "It will also help to optimize PKP PLK’s operation and maintenance costs and provide foreign investors better access to the ports and rail infrastructure.”
Siemens powers up North Sea grid connections: Council Associate Partner Siemens has installed a fourth offshore platform in the German North Sea, completing an important stage for grid connections of sea-based wind farms. Siemens has orders for five high-voltage direct (HVDC) current offshore grid connections from the grid transmission operator TenneT. The converter platforms for the first four projects have been installed and will begin commercial operation successively over the second half of 2014 and the first half of 2015. The fifth is slated to go online in 2019. Nearly one million households will be supplied with electricity generated from wind power via this link alone.
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