Monday, August 22, 2011

E-Waste Day 2011 was a success!

Thanks to all for another successful E-Waste Drive this year!

Many computer items were taken on Thursday for the Eagle Scout Drive.  Thanks go to Steve Soltis, Brandon and Laura Kroth for loading up those items, which included:

27 CPU’s
18 Monitors/LCD
5 Printers
1 Scanner
1 large box of miscellaneous parts – keyboards, mice, cables, etc.

The the rest of the items were taken to recycling.  Thanks to Gary Higbee and his truck, Steve & Ben Soltis and their 18’ trailer (shown above), and the other movers:  Justin Ballew, Tim Weeks, Brett Stockhill and Dave Myers.

Items delivered were:

15 CPU’s
11 Monitors/LCD
8 Printers
3 Scanners
26 Televisions
1 Humifier
2 Vacuum Cleaners
3 Phones
1 Shredder
4 Battery Backups
10 Keyboards
3 Cameras
7 Switches
Boxes of miscellaneous parts – speakers, mice, cables, etc.

Great job, Team Commonwealth!

Friday, August 19, 2011

On the road again...

We'd love to talk with you about your upcoming projects!  We combine the experience and capacity of a large firm, with the energy, attentiveness, and accessibility of a start-up because we are employee-owned and managed.

Look for us at these exciting upcoming events:

Utility Perspectives
Dennis DeCosta and Linda Gray will attend the Utility Perspectives Executive Leadership Symposium September 25-27, 2011, in San Francisco, California.

Dennis DeCosta, Linda Gray, and Rich Collins will attend the EEI (Edison Electric Institute) Transmission, Distribution, and Metering Conference October 10-12, 2011, in Dallas, Texas.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Dennis DeCosta and Rich Keil will attend the IEEE Substation Committee meeting October 17-20, 2011, in Nashville, Tennessee.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Dennis DeCosta and Robert Uddin will attend the IEEE ICC Committee meeting October 23-26, 2011, in Denver Colorado.

Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
Michael Bloder and Clare Patti will attend the IEEE Power System Relay Committee Meeting September 12-15, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Southeast Conference
John White and Dean Scott will attend the Southeast Conference and Annual Meeting September 12-15, 2011 in Ketchikan, Alaska.

MI Association of Airport Executives (MAAE)
Tim Davis, James Aiello, and Desmond Kirkland will attend the MAAE Fall Conference September 12-26, 2011, in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

MI Municipal Electric Association (MMEA)
David Shafer and Diane Wilkie will attend the MMEA Fall Conference September 14-16, 2011, in Coldwater, Michigan.

American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association (AREMA)
Gerry Callison will attend the AREMA Annual Conference September 18-21, 2011, in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

ARMA International
Diane Wilkie will attend ARMA International’s 56th Annual Conference & Expo October 17-19, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

Northwest Public Power Association (NWPPA) / Alaska Power Association (APA)
John White will attend the NWPPA/APA Alaska Electric Utility Conference November 3-4, 2011, in Anchorage, Alaska.

Don't be in the dark about power outages

Check out this article by Stephen S. Miller, Senior Member of IEEE, entitled "Extending Traditional Planning Methods to Evaluate the Potential for Cascading Failures in Electric Power Grids."

Stephen S. Miller, P.E.
Mr. Miller, Section Manager for Commonwealth Associates, Inc.'s TRANSMISSION 2000 (R) software, is active on the IEEE PES CAMS Task Force on Understanding, Prediction, Mitigation, and Restoration of Cascading Failures.  He holds BSEE, MSEE, and EE degrees from the University of Michigan.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011


Thanks for stopping by! 

You might have heard people say we offer great services (which we appreciate!), but we also have a great story you may not have already heard.  It speaks to who we are as a company and what we can do for you, whether you benefit from our work as an end user, seek employment with us, or are contemplating doing business with us -- which we strongly believe you should!

You see, Commonwealth was established in 1988, following the closing of another engineering firm's Jackson, Michigan, office.  The founders had worked closely together on domestic and foreign electric transmission and distribution projects for many years out of the Jackson office.  Rather than leave Jackson, Commonwealth's founders left and company and took action to incorporate under a name that was -- and remains -- well known and respected in the electric power industry.  The group devoted itself to structuring a new employee-owned company with the intent of upholding the previous Commonwealth Associates, Inc.'s reputation for providing high-quality engineering and consulting services.  Other talented individuals, many of whom had worked previously with the founders, were brought in to lend their expertise.  The new company flourished, and Commonwealth opened another office in the state of Washington in 1992 to serve clients in the western United States.  Another principal office was opened near Atlanta, Georgia, in 2008.

Today, Commonwealth's staff of approximately 200 professional and technical employees represents one of the most skilled, experienced technical resources available to analyze, plan, design, and construct electric power delivery projects.  In addition to licensed engineers and engineering specialists, we have experts in environmental sciences, licensing, Geographical Information Systems (GIS), surveying, right-of-way acquisition, and construction management, many of whom have more than 20 years of experience in their fields.  Many of our professional engineers are active members of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, American Society of Civil Engineers, Edison Electrical Institute, and National Society of Professional Engineers, which allows interaction with our peers and gives us access to problem-solving resources directed to the T&D industry.

Commonwealth's methods and tools have evolved over the years to incorporate emerging technologies and meet new challenges, but our devotion to engineering excellence has remained the same.

As we like to say, "At Commonwealth, you can Connect with Confidence"!


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To serve clients throughout the United States efficiently, Commonwealth has offices in the following locations:

Jackson, MI
Mount Vernon, WA
Kennesaw, GA
Roanoke, VA
Columbus, OH
Dayton, OH