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Serveron Names 3 Experts to Technical Advisory Board to Accelerate Smart Grid Initiatives

Serveron Corp. has announced that three senior utility industry technology experts have joined together to form its Technical Advisory Board, as the company continues to develop products, systems, software and services for the “smart grid” marketplace. The company, a member of the industry’s innovative GridWise Alliance, is expanding its activities in smart grid technology, enabling customers to continually monitor the performance and condition of electric utility assets, enhance system reliability and prevent blackouts.

The members of the company’s Technical Advisory Board are three of North America’s leading industry professionals – Donald Lamontagne of Arizona Public Service, Alwyn VanderWalt of PacifiCorp and Larry Weathington of Georgia Power.

“These experts can provide insights into the technology and market factors affecting Serveron’s new product development,” said Bart Tichelman, chief executive officer of Serveron. “Their contributions should measurably enhance our smart-grid solutions and ensure our continuing progress.”

Technical Advisory Board members backgrounds follow:

Donald Lamontagne is the section leader of T&D Reliability Analysis and Management at Arizona Public Service Corporation (APS) in Phoenix, Arizona, where he is pioneering new techniques in transformer condition assessment and management. Prior to joining APS' Transmission and Distribution organization, Lamontagne worked for nearly 20 years in the nuclear power industry, and in various engineering and construction capacities. APS is a unit of Pinnacle West Capital Corp., which is also an investor in Serveron.

Alwyn VanderWalt manages the T&D System Operations Technical Support department for PacifiCorp, providing technical support for substation apparatus throughout the six-state operating territory of PacifiCorp. Born and raised in South Africa where he first worked for Eskom as a power system protection engineer, VanderWalt brings technical expertise as well as international technology insights to Serveron’s Technical Advisory Board.

Larry Weathington has been with Georgia Power for 38 years, beginning his career in substation maintenance in 1969. In 1975 he moved to a transmission support function, serving as a Doble Technician, and later became involved in transformer management, dissolved gas and oil quality assessment. He has been instrumental in driving transformer dissolved gas analysis and oil quality testing programs for Georgia Power.

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