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Emami R.,Nexant Inc. | Abur A.,Northeastern University
IEEE Transactions on Power Systems | Year: 2013

This paper investigates the problem of line outage detection in an area external to the operating area boundaries. The so-called "internal system" is assumed to be fully observable and the base case topology of the external system is assumed to be known. A limited number of phasor measurements are also assumed to be available from the external system. The paper takes advantage of the equivalent representation of a line outage by a pair of injections at the line's terminal buses and formulates the outage detection problem as an integer programming problem. Results are verified by simulating various external line outage scenarios using the IEEE 118-bus test system. © 2012 IEEE.


Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC announced the winners of the two awards last week at its third semi-annual retail energy conference held at the Hotel Pennsylvania in New York City on March 3, 2015. The retail Energy Marketing Conference featured 15 sponsors, 37 exhibitors, 24 industry professionals on three interactive panels, 7 executive workshops, and a “Breakout Brainstorming Session”. More than 450 attendees enjoyed hearing from the keynote speaker, Ms. Deborah Merril, the Co-CEO of Just Energy. The conference was the largest gathering of retail energy providers in the country. Exhibitors included: 2 Turn it On/2 Quote it Now, Agility, Blue Hook Systems, Competiscan, Enersoft, ERTH Business Corp, Esco Advisors, Esco Marketing, ESG, Green-e, Faraday, Feller Energy Law Group, Jasmine, Lynx Technologies, National Energy Marketers Association, Nexant, Nexxa Group, Opsolve, Optimus, Real Time Results, Shirtboy, Source Link, Technologies Management Inc., TLP Ventures, USAP and WattzOn. The presenters of the executive workshops included: Avanade, Broker Online Exchange, Enter Solar, GP Renewables, Interface IT, Power Runner, and What’s Cool IT. The eight nominees for the two awards were: Direct Energy, Infinite Energy, Entrust Energy, Spark Energy, GDF Suez Energy, Volunteer Energy, IDT Energy and Xoom Energy. The winner of the 2014 Most Innovative Marketer of the Year was Direct Energy. “Direct Energy has had more new service offerings, partnerships and products than any other REP in the country in 2014. Some examples include: Panoramic Power, BuildingIQ, SmartThings, Astrum Solar and Nest,” said Jack Doueck, Principal of Advanced Energy Capital, and Co-Founder of the NYC Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC. “They now have over 189,000 customers who are buyers of both commodity and other services. Impressively, Direct has sold over 39,000 smart thermostats through its partnerships with Nest and Honeywell and completed about 600 residential solar installations in 2014.” The winner of the 2014 REP of the Year was GDF Suez Energy. “GDF Suez has shown continued improvements in customer satisfaction five years running. Polls and customer surveys indicate the following key drivers: billing accuracy and timeliness, competitive pricing, financial stability, responsiveness, and value-added services,” said Larry Leikin, CEO of TrustedTPV and Co-Founder of Energy Marketing Conferences, LLC. “In 2014, GDF actually achieved a 90 percent customer satisfaction rating. This award was well-deserved.” The next Energy Marketing Conference is set for Thursday, September 10, 2015, at the same venue. The Conference coordinators expect to have more than 500 industry professionals in attendance.


News Article | April 21, 2015
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This year’s conference seeks to assess demand and capacities, recycling developments and trends in sustainable PET packaging in key markets of Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba and Ecuador against a background of falling crude and PET prices. Attendees stand to gain insights on trends likely to impact the PET market in Latin America and Caribbean, global perspective on PET trade and also details of raw material assessment for the polyester value chain. Top PET industry experts from Ravago Americas, PCI (PET Packaging, Resin & Recycling) Ltd, and Nexant Inc will lead some of these discussions. Adding a local flavour are companies like Grupo Mix Latinamericano S.A sharing a key perspective on the demand for PET in Costa Rica and Central America while Colombia based Aproplast S.A.S. will present an overview of ‘Polyester Fiber to B2B Recycling’ giving details on strategies, challenges and market outlook for recycled PET. In addition, a panel discussion on Virgin vs. Recycled (How to Leverage Profitability with Sustainability?) is scheduled – to be joined by senior executives from Ravago Americas, M&G Polimeri Italia S.P.A. and Starlinger & Co. GmbH. Vital sessions covering the latest technologies in PET packaging, PET recycling, PET resins will be addressed by representatives from industry leaders such as Starlinger & Co. GmbH, Husky Injection Molding Systems Ltd, Frigel Firenze S.p.A., M&G Polimeri Italia S.p.A, and Netstal-Maschinen Ag. To further enhance their participation attendees can opt to sign up for a site visit to Aproplast Recycling Facility scheduled on 2nd June and a post conference workshop on ‘Advances in PET Recycling’ that covers Bottle-to-Bottle and Thermoform Recycling . The workshop will be led by Kelvin Davies, Project Manager (Australasia), Nextek. View 4th SCAPET website for more details or call Ms. Hafizah at +65 6346 9218. For companies in Latin, Central & South America contact Tanya at tanya@cmtsp.com.sg or Tel: 52-55 5635 2672 or Mobile: 52-155 36550760


News Article | April 21, 2015
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SAN FRANCISCO & UTRECHT, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexant, a leading provider of customer-centric software solutions, today announced Robin Energie, a unique customer- and service-oriented energy supplier selling gas and power to residential customers in the Netherlands, has signed an agreement to expand its license contract for Nexant RevenueManager® software. Nexant RevenueManager is a fully integrated, customer care, billing and contract management software platform. It supports multiple commodities through the entire customer lifecycle—from prospecting to customer acquisition, customer service and billing—in residential, commercial and industrial markets. Nexant RevenueManager software can be deployed in individual modules as needed or as a fully pre-integrated solution able to grow and scale with future business needs. “During the past year, Robin Energie has doubled its customer base and further established its success as an energy retail company in the Dutch market,” said Ronald Ruskauff, Robin Energie Owner and Managing Director. “Our Nexant RevenueManager software license contract allows Robin Energie to increase the number of licensed accounts in line with our growing customer base which supports a true pay-as-you-grow business model. This flexibility provides clear benefits for our overall cost of ownership and directly translates to benefits for our customers as well.” “We are pleased to continue to grow Nexant’s footprint in the Netherlands by expanding our license contract with Robin Energie,” said Martin Milani, Nexant SVP of Software and Chief Technology Officer. “Nexant believes in a pay-as-you-grow business model for our energy retail clients. Energy retail margins are thin and fully depend on efficiently buying and selling power and gas to end customers. Utilizing Nexant RevenueManager provides for the lower operating costs necessary for energy retail companies to profitably grow market share and meet strategic business goals.” Headquartered in Veenendaal, the Netherlands, Robin Energie is a fast growing Dutch energy retailer that supplies power and gas to residential and small business customers. Robin Energie is an energy partner for curators and budget managers who oversee financial budgets on behalf of the end-customer. The company believes everyone should have access to power and gas for a fair price. Robin Energie is a customer centric organization that takes its customers and the environment seriously, and it invests in a better future on an on-going basis. See http://robinenergie.nl for more information. Nexant offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class energy enterprise software platforms that transform utility business processes and enable implementation of smart grid, clean energy and demand management initiatives. Nexant software helps utilities embrace a customer-centric model that aligns strategic planning, grid operations and demand side management to improve customer engagement, boost operational efficiency, reduce risk and achieve superior business results. Learn more at www.nexant.com.


News Article | June 30, 2015
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Slated to be an excellent platform for rubber and tire industry majors seeking growth in Asian markets, the 1.5 day summit showcases country specific sessions on: ‘Indonesia Rubber & Tire Market Outlook & Updates’ shared by Mursosan Wiguna, Human Resources Director, PT Synthetic Rubber Indonesia (SRI); an update on ‘Indian SBR market: Potential, Challenges and Future Outlook’ by Bishwajeet Bose, General Manager- Marketing, Indian Synthetic Rubber Ltd and an address on its European venture by V Krishnaram, CEO & Joint Managing Director, Emrald Resilient Tyre Manufacturers. Also in the agenda are papers on ‘Global Rubber & Tire Market Outlook’ by Gerard Stapleton, Head of South-East Asian Research, LMC International and key analysis of ‘Butadiene Market Outlook’ by Andrew Lee Fagg, Principal, Nexant Singapore. For registrations and queries, contact Ms. Huiyan at +65 6346 9113.


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexant, a leading provider of software solutions for utilities and municipalities, today announced its leading Nexant iEnergy software platform helps utilities and municipalities manage the water-energy nexus of demand side conservation programs. With drought currently affecting a large part of the U.S., worsening water shortages could impact some power generation plant operations. Extremely low water levels in dams and reservoirs are also threatening hydroelectric generation capacity in some of the most densely populated areas of the western U.S. While water is a key enabler in electricity generation, electricity is a key enabler for water delivery and infrastructure. The relationship between these two components of everyday life is highly interdependent and intertwined. “The nexus of water and energy is a real challenge for utilities and municipalities who manage conservation programs for both,” said Martin Milani, Nexant General Manager of Software and Chief Technology Officer. Milani continued, “About two-to-four gallons of fresh water is often lost per 1 kWh of electricity consumed in many of the same regions that are experiencing record drought. As another example, in California, approximately 20% of the state’s electricity usage is consumed pumping water. Clearly, reducing water use saves energy, and reducing energy use saves water --- and usage reduction of both water and electricity reduces greenhouse gas emissions. Managing energy and water efficiency programs on a single end-to-end platform is key to meeting today’s conservation challenges.” The Nexant iEnergy software platform helps utilities and municipalities more effectively and efficiently manage conservation programs for both water and energy. The platform includes: Nexant offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class energy enterprise software platforms that transform utility business processes and enable implementation of smart grid, clean energy and demand management initiatives. Nexant software helps utilities embrace a customer-centric model that aligns strategic planning, grid operations and demand side management to improve customer engagement, boost operational efficiency, reduce risk and achieve superior business results. Learn more at www.nexant.com.


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexant, a leading provider of software solutions for utilities and municipalities, today announced its Nexant iEnergy software platform has been extended to include a full suite of water conservation management capabilities. Nexant iEnergy now provides water conservation managers a single end-to-end solution to manage their programs and business processes. The Nexant iEnergy software platform helps utilities and municipalities more effectively and efficiently manage conservation programs for both water and energy. Designed specifically to manage conservation programs, Nexant iEnergy’s data management, analytics and customer engagement platform integrates program design, project tracking, rebate processing and reporting for improved visibility in a single, secure web-based system of record. Nexant iEnergy’s new water conservation capabilities help utilities from customer engagement through back-office program processing. Features include full support for water-specific programs and measures and an online customer engagement portal that provides customers a consolidated view of their water usage with relevant savings recommendations. “Adding water conservation capabilities to our Nexant iEnergy platform is a natural extension of our expertise helping utilities and municipalities effectively manage their energy conservation programs,” said Martin Milani, Nexant SVP of Software and Chief Technology Officer. “Nexant iEnergy is now a single platform from which our clients can manage their overall conservation efforts, including water, energy efficiency, demand response and renewables. We know our experience saving energy and managing energy efficiency programs and rebates for more than 50 utilities can help agencies facing severe water restrictions and penalties, such as those in California, meet new usage reduction mandates.” Nexant offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class energy enterprise software platforms that transform utility business processes and enable implementation of smart grid, clean energy and demand management initiatives. Nexant software helps utilities embrace a customer-centric model that aligns strategic planning, grid operations and demand side management to improve customer engagement, boost operational efficiency, reduce risk and achieve superior business results. Learn more at www.nexant.com.


Given the immense capacity expansion, Refining Outlook Asia will open with a session on ‘Impact of a New Wave of Refining Capacity Additions (Asia and the Middle East) on Margins’ by Stephen George, Chief Economist, KBC Process Technologies. This session will be followed by Clive Gibson, Principal Consultant, Nexant Asia sharing his perspective on ‘Outlook for Asian Refined Product’ outlining the influence of the big four players in the Asian refinery scene: China, India, Japan and South Korea as well as the regional developments in South East Asia. Major refiner Essar Oil’s Managing Director – Lalit Gupta will present an important presentation on ‘Oil Mix Optimisation, Blending, Storage & Processing’. As biodiesel gains increased adoption in various Asian countries, a key session on ‘Economics of Bio-Diesel Production vis-à-vis Current Oil Market’ by Immanuel Sutarto, President Director, PT Eterindo Wahanatama will highlight the strategies and opportunities in renewable energy, especially Indonesia’s demand and trade outlook for bio-diesel. The agenda includes a Discussion on ‘Strategies to Remain Competitive in a Low Crude Price Environment’ by panelists comprising Sushant Gupta, Director, APAC refining, Wood Mackenzie; Steven Kantorowicz, Sr. Vice President, CIMES; Stephen George, Chief Economist, KBC Process Technologies and Lalit Gupta, Managing Director, Essar Oil. Delegates of Refining Outlook Asia can also look forward to the below sessions: Refining Outlook Asia will be held in conjunction with CMT’s annual 22nd Asia Petrochemical Summit (10-11 September, 2015) as part of the umbrella conference Refining & Petchem Asia. Alternatively, contact Ms. Huiyan at +65 6346 9113 for more details.


News Article | April 16, 2015
Site: www.businesswire.com

SAN FRANCISCO & ROTTERDAM, Netherlands--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexant, a leading provider of customer-centric software solutions, today announced Eneco, a leading European utility headquartered in the Netherlands, has signed an agreement to license Nexant Contract Management software. To manage customer care and billing, Eneco utilizes Nexant RevenueManager®, a software platform that helps Eneco manage its complex contracts for small-to-medium enterprise, commercial and industrial power and gas customers. The Contract Management module of RevenueManager provides Eneco an integrated energy customer care and billing solution that allows real-time transaction management, quote automation, confirmation and contract management of structured retail pricing for both power and gas commodities. “The Contract Management module within Nexant’s RevenueManager software platform will allow Eneco to streamline and manage energy pricing, contracting and billing processes while synchronizing related processes with our sourcing and trading departments,” said Rob Bakker, Eneco Manager, Information Technology. “Nexant is Eneco’s chosen vendor for this solution because the flexible nature of their products helps us provide innovative products and services to our customers.” “We are pleased to expand the Nexant RevenueManager software platform to include Nexant Contract Management,” said Martin Milani, Nexant SVP of Software and Chief Technology Officer. “Eneco Belgium is a visionary service-oriented and green energy supplier. As competition for commercial customers continues to heat up in Europe, retail energy suppliers need more flexibility and greater control in the process of creating and billing complex structured energy pricing contracts. Nexant solutions provide Eneco Belgium with proven technical agility and lower operating costs necessary for energy retail companies to grow market share and meet strategic business goals.” Headquartered in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Eneco is an international sustainable energy company with operations in the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, France and Belgium. Eneco supplies energy – gas, electricity, heating and cooling – to more than two million private and business customers in the Netherlands and Belgium. Eneco deploys its own gas storage facility in Germany, operates hydro-electric power in France and maintains wind parks in the UK. Eneco strives to make as much of this energy as sustainable as possible. Eneco produces energy and, in partnership with customers and interest groups, develops sustainable solar, wind, bio, geothermal and green gas energy projects. See http://www.eneco.com/about-us/ for more information. Nexant offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class energy enterprise software platforms that transform utility business processes and enable implementation of smart grid, clean energy and demand management initiatives. Nexant software helps utilities embrace a customer-centric model that aligns strategic planning, grid operations and demand side management to improve customer engagement, boost operational efficiency, reduce risk and achieve superior business results. Learn more at www.nexant.com.


SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Nexant, a leading provider of software solutions for utilities, announced today that Silicon Valley Power has selected Nexant iEnergy® Onsite software to streamline energy audits, increase program participation and reduce costs while meeting energy savings and customer satisfaction goals. Silicon Valley Power (SVP) faced several business challenges with the management of its energy assessments. SVP had to manually conduct energy audits in the field—taking staff members out of the office. The utility’s energy assessment reports, like many utilities, also lacked standardization and a central repository for the customer and premise data collected. To meet these challenges, the utility sought out an off-the-shelf solution that would be flexible to accommodate changing program needs without being dependent upon IT resources. “Silicon Valley Power chose Nexant’s iEnergy Onsite solution because it stood out as the leader of the pack,” said Mary Medeiros McEnroe, Public Benefits Program Manager, Silicon Valley Power. “iEnergy Onsite allows Silicon Valley Power to conduct streamlined audits in the field and gives us access to data that allows us to enhance our future programs and services. Once we implemented iEnergy Onsite, we found the time it took to conduct an audit and deliver the report was cut in half. We continue to be impressed with the solution as well as the level of customer service we have received from Nexant. We truly feel that Nexant is our trusted energy efficiency partner.” “The utility industry is constantly transforming, and our customers continue to look for ways to lower costs and improve customer service—it’s imperative that we help our customers operate more efficiently and effectively in order to meet these business challenges,” said Martin Milani, Nexant General Manager of Software and Chief Technology Officer. “Nexant iEnergy Onsite helps utilities like Silicon Valley Power by streamlining business processes, enabling responsive customer engagement and empowering future portfolio planning through the capture and delivery of valuable insight and intelligence.” iEnergy Onsite provides real-time energy and water analysis and rebate information through a mobile assessment application to help educate customers and increase participation in utility customer programs. Using iEnergy Onsite, end-users can perform assessments, gather benchmarking data, track project and measure installation, and perform measurement and verification—with all data collected through the tool published in a single, centralized repository. Nexant iEnergy Onsite is part of the iEnergy Software platform that delivers centralized data management, analytics and customer engagement: Nexant offers a comprehensive suite of best-in-class energy enterprise software platforms that transform utility business processes and enable implementation of smart grid, clean energy and demand management initiatives. Nexant software helps utilities embrace a customer-centric model that aligns strategic planning, grid operations and demand side management to improve customer engagement, boost operational efficiency, reduce risk and achieve superior business results. Learn more at www.nexant.com.

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