EcoWater Systems is in a pristine spot. The company manufactures commercial and residential water treatment systems. It sells its products through a network of more than 1,400 dealers, wholesalers, and private-label retailers. Products include water refiners, conditioners, and purifiers, and innovations such as reverse osmosis drinking water systems. Founded in 1925, EcoWater Systems is a member of Berkshire Hathaway's Marmon Group and maintains its autonomous management. In addition to the US, the company operates in Canada, the UK, Europe, and China.
Artesian Resources Corporation, through its subsidiaries, provides water, wastewater, and engineering services on the Delmarva Peninsula. It distributes and sells water to residential, commercial, industrial, governmental, municipal, and utility customers in the states of Delaware, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The company also provides water for public and private fire protection to customers in its service territories. In addition, it designs and builds water and wastewater infrastructure; and provides contract water, wastewater, and engineering services. As of December 31, 2009, the company had approximately 76,900 metered customers and 730 wastewater customers, and served a population of approximately 276,000. It served customers through approximately 1,124 miles of transmission and distribution mains. The company was founded in 1905 and is headquartered in Newark, Delaware.
SEMCO ENERGY is owned by energy investment firm Continental Energy Systems through its Cap Rock Holding unit. Alaska and Michigan have more in common than a cold climate. SEMCO ENERGY serves approximately 410,000 natural gas consumers in both states. The company's main subsidiary is utility SEMCO ENERGY Gas, which distributes gas to about 280,000 customers in 24 Michigan counties. SEMCO's ENSTAR Natural Gas unit distributes gas to about 130,000 customers in and around Anchorage, Alaska. The company's unregulated operations include propane distribution in Michigan and Wisconsin; pipeline and storage facility operation; and information technology outsourcing.
Dynegy Inc., through its subsidiaries, engages in the production and sale of electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services in the United States. The company sells electric energy, capacity, and ancillary services on a wholesale basis from its natural gas-fired, coal-fired, and oil-fired power generation facilities. As of December 31, 2009, its power generation portfolio consisted of approximately 12,300 megawatts of baseload, intermediate, and peaking power plants fueled by a mix of natural gas, coal, and fuel oil. The companys customers include regional transmission organizations, independent system operators, integrated utilities, municipalities, electric cooperatives, transmission and distribution utilities, industrial customers, power marketers, other power generators, commercial end-users, and financial participants, such as banks and hedge funds. Dynegy Inc. was founded in 1985 and is based in Houston, Texas.
Global Water Resources (GWRI) took the phrase "Think globally, act locally" to heart. The company provides water, wastewater, and recycled water utility services to 14 utilities and more than 60,000 people in its service area around Phoenix. Its recycled water is treated and purified wastewater used for non-potable and outdoor purposes, sent through a separate system of pipes than drinking water. GWRI says its reclaimed water project saves up to 40% of drought-prone Arizona's scarce groundwater. The utility also extends water and wastewater infrastructure financing to regional developers and builders. The company was formed in 2003. Once privately held, GWRI went public in an IPO in late 2010.
Canadian Utilities is the strong arm of diversified energy company ATCO and accounts for most of its sales. Canadian Utilities' regulated utilities operations are ATCO Gas, which distributes natural gas to more than 1 million customers in almost 300 communities in Alberta, and ATCO Electric, which provides electricity to about 207,000 customers. ATCO Pipelines provides natural gas transportation services to producers, major industrial users and gas distribution companies in Alberta. Canadian Utilities' Energy unit (including ATCO Power, ATCO Midstream and ATCO Energy Solutions) manages power generation and pipeline activities. The Technologies segment provide business systems solution through ARCO I-Tek.
North Carolina Electric Membership Corporation (NCEMC) generates and transmits electricity to the state's 26 electric cooperatives in 93 of North Carolina's 100 counties. The co-op owns more than 600 MW of generating capacity through four primarily natural gas peak load generators, plus a 62% stake in Catawba Nuclear Station Unit 1, and a 31% stake in the common facilities of the Catawba Nuclear Station in South Carolina. It also buys power from Progress Energy, American Electric Power, and other for-profit utilities. NCEMC's member cooperatives serve more than 950,000 businesses and homes in North Carolina. The wholesale co-op also operates an energy operations center.
Nebraska Public Power District (NPPD) electrifies the Cornhusker State. The government-owned electric utility provides power in 91 of the state's 93 counties. The firm has a generating capacity of more than 3,000 MW and operates more than 5,000 miles of transmission lines. NPPD distributes electricity to more than 88,000 retail customers in 80 cities and towns; it also provides power to about 1 million customers through wholesale power contracts with 52 towns and 25 public power districts. In addition, NPPD purchases electricity from the federally owned Western Area Power Administration and operates a surface water irrigation system.
Global Environmental Energy Corporation wants to improve China and other countries by turning their unwanted waste into energy. It also searches for oil and gas and has interests in clean coal technology. The company's alternative power generation technology uses waste from industrial, municipal, and agricultural facilities to produce electricity for its clients. Subsidiary Biosphere Development Corp has sold nine Biosphere Process Systems in China and one in Lebanon. Subsidiary Sahara Petroleum Exploration explores for oil in North Africa but has been inactive since 2007.
Kansai Electric Power Company (KEPCO) provides electricity to 13.3 million customers in Japan's Kansai region. The utility has a generating capacity of more than 33,850 MW, which is produced at more than 160 hydroelectric, fossil-fueled, and nuclear power plants. As deregulation takes effect, KEPCO is moving into new business arenas, including retail natural gas sales in Japan. Additionally, KEPCO is engaged in information technology, telecommunications, construction and engineering services, environmental services, home security, real estate, transportation leasing, and other energy-related operations. It has about 50 main affiliated companies, primarily in Japan.
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