Archive for November, 2010

TSTC Mobile Training Lab

November 30th, 2010 | Terry Preuninger

Texas State Technical College has designed and built a state of the art mobile training lab with the assistance of a grant provided by the Texas Workforce Commission for training the incumbent work force in the state of Texas.

This innovative approach allows an industry to partner with TSTC to receive on site safety and rescue training .  TSTC states companies with greater numbers of employees will have the best opportunity for this partnership. 

If you are interested in exploring this opportunity to partner with TSTC contact Dixon Bailey Dixon.Bailey@abilene.tstc.edu or Rick Denbow rick.denbow@tstc.edu.

ERCOT hopes change in way electric grid operates is no shock

November 30th, 2010 | Terry Preuninger

The Texas electricity grid is about to fundamentally change the way it operates, and here’s hoping you won’t notice. On Wednesday, the Electric Reliability Council of Texas will begin assigning the cost of power line congestion to the company causing that congestion. Currently, those costs are socialized across each region. The new system, called nodal, is supposed to save Texas consumers $5.6 billion over 10 years. Installing the nodal system has taken longer (seven years) and cost twice as much ($660 million) as expected. It made ERCOT a political punching bag and killed the careers of several executives. “Yes, I think you could say it’s a relief to a lot of folks who have been working on it. But the relief won’t be here until we implement, and the proof is in the pudding,” said Mark Armentrout, president of the Texas Institute and former chairman of ERCOT.

View Clip  11/30/2010 Dallas Morning News, Elizabeth Souder

Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc. Moves Headquarters to Irving

An electrical equipment and distribution company plans to relocate its corporate headquarters from California to Irving, creating 120 jobs, the governor’s office has announced.

Consolidated Electrical Distributors Inc. will receive $1.2 million through the Texas Enterprise Fund to move its corporate headquarters to Irving from Westlake Hills, Calif., Gov. Rick Perry announced. The move will generate an estimated $3.3 million in capital investment in the area in addition to the jobs, according to a news release from the governor’s office.

Read more: New HQ bringing 120 jobs to Las Colinas | Dallas Business Journal