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Issue 8 and Volume 100.

BUSINESS NEWS

By Ann Chambers, Associate Editor

New business

Westinghouse Electric Corp. has announced plans to close its Pensacola, Fla., assembly plant, consolidating assembly for combustion turbine and electric generator products at factories in Charlotte, N.C., and Hamilton, Ontario, Canada. The consolidation begins this year and will be complete by the end of 1997.

MidAmerican Energy Co. has awarded ABB C-E Services Inc. the boiler refurbishment project at George Neal Station in Salix, Iowa. ABB will refurbish part of Unit 3, a 515 MW coal-fired unit.

Metropolitan Edison Co. and Pennsylvania Electric Co. have received approval from the state Public Utility Commission to implement a real-time pricing system for large customers to allow them to make decisions about energy use based on hourly market pricing.

American National Power has announced an agreement to purchase a three-year old 150 MW natural gas-fired plant from Enron Corp. and Jones Capital Corp. The plant, purchased for $163.5 million cash, is in Milford, Mass., selling more than half its output to New England Power Co.

Siemens Power Corp. has signed a multi-million dollar contract with PECo Energy to supply its Limerick Nuclear Power Station with six new low-pressure and two new high-pressure turbines. The retrofit will boost the plant`s capacity by more than 80 MW.

Pennsylvania Power & Light Co. (PP&L) has been enjoined from reducing the rate it pays to Schuylkill Energy Resources Inc. for electricity after a weekend-long emergency hearing in Lehigh County Court of Common Pleas in Allentown, Pa. The judge found that the independent power producer would “suffer irreparable harm” if PP&L reduced its rate.

Calpine Corp. and Black Hills Corp. have entered into a joint development agreement to develop an 80 MW mine-mouth, coal-fired power generating plant adjacent to the Wyodak coal mine, near Gillette, Wyo.

Framatome Technology has announced that Florida Power and Light (FP&L) has used its Reactivity Measurement and Analysis system to expedite, in less than nine hours, successful physics testing for reactor startups in the last two outages at FP&L`s Turkey Point Units 3 and 4.

Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD) as broken ground on Cogen Three, a 155 MW cogeneration plant that will provide steam for Campbell Soup Co. in Sacramento, Calif., while generating electricity for nearly 100,000 SMUD customers. The plant, to be built by Siemens Power Corp. and CNF Constructors, is to come on line in late 1997 with a cost of $153 million.

The U.S. Marine Corps has ordered an advanced flywheel uninterruptible power supply system for remote power generation stations from SatCon Technology Corp., in an order valued at $1.1 million.

People

Michael P. Morrell has joined Allegheny Power as senior vicepresident and CFO.

Central and South West Corp. has announced key executive changes. Glenn Files, president and CEO of Texas Utilities Co., is now an executive vice president of the parent company; Thomas M. Hagan has been promoted to senior vice president, external affairs; and Venita McCellon-Allen has been promoted to senior vice president, corporate development.

Robert B. Hoffman has been appointed president of Framatome Cogema Fuels, formerly B&WFuel Co.

Leonard A. Bluhm has been named CEO of NRG Generating Inc., formerly O`Brien Environmental Energy Inc.

George T. Justice has been named director of Illinova Energy Services, a new division of Illinova Corp., formed to offer solutions to energy-related problems for commercial and industrial customers throughout the Midwest.

Joe F. Colvin has been elected president and COO of the Nuclear Energy Institute, succeeding Phillip Bayne, who has retired.

Ronald N. Hoge has been elected president and CEO of Magnetek Inc. Hoge succeeds Andrew G. Galef, Magnetek`s founder, who continues as chairman of the board.

CMS Energy Corp. shareholders have elected a board of directors, including 11 incumbents. Board members are: William T. McCormick Jr., CMS chairman and CEO; James J. Duderstadt, University of Michigan president; Kathleen R. Flaherty, British Telecom national marketing director; Victor J. Fryling, CMS president and COO; Earl D. Holton, Meijer Inc. president and COO; Lois A. Lund, Michigan State University professor; Michael G. Morris, CMS executive vice president; William U. Parfet, MPI Research co-chairman; Percy A. Pierre, Michigan State University professor; Kenneth Whipple, Ford Motor Co. executive vice president; and John B. Yasinsky, GenCorp chairman and CEO.