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Edison Award
​The Edison Award is presented annually, usually to one U.S. and one international electric company, selected from EEI's membership. It is EEI's most prestigious award. 

Purpose

The Edison Award honors “distinguished leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electric industry for the benefit of all.”

Nominations

  • Any EEI member company, U.S. or international affiliate, may nominate itself or any other member.
  • The nominations deadline is January 23 2017.
  • A maximum of two (2) nominations per company will be accepted.

Each entry must include the following:

  • Nomination Form 
    (Signed or approved by a CEO)
  • A description of the achievement (no more than 3 pages of text, plus up to two pages of supporting material such as charts, graphs, pictures).

Selection and Judging

A review committee comprised of editors from electric industry trade publications will select finalists from each membership category.

EEI will then invite these finalists to submit presentations that will be reviewed by a judging panel. The panel, consisting of former EEI chairman and other retired industry senior executives, will determine the winners.

Criteria

The evaluation of nominees is based on leadership, innovation, advancement, and overall contribution to the electric power industry. The specific achievements for which a company is nominated should be substantially completed during the preceding calendar year.

These accomplishments may include (but need not be limited to) any or all of the following areas: engineering, construction, operations, communications, customer service, environment, finances, and strategy.

Award Presentation

The Edison Award is announced and presented at EEI's Annual Convention in June.

Edison Award Recipients

2016

  • American Electric Power
    American Electric Power – for replacing the conductors on two 345 kV transmission lines while in an energized state.  AEP determined that an upgrade of the transmission system that supplies the Rio Grande Valley was needed, but due to numerous challenges, traditional solutions were not available options.  Using innovative technologies, AEP was able to reconductor all 240 miles of line using existing structure and right-of-way and upgrade five substations, completing the project ahead of schedule and under budget, guaranteeing reliable electricity in South Texas for years to come.
  • AES Corporation
    AES Corporation (International Category) - for deployment of the Advancion4 Energy Storage platform. Pioneering the first grid battery in service in 2008, AES has installed the world's largest fleet of advanced grid batteries. In 2015, the company introduced Advancion4, the next generation of battery based energy storage designed for scalability, accelerated growth and to provide the foundation for a clean, unbreakable grid.  The company operates 116 MW of battery energy storage, and installed a total of 30 MW of Advancion4 storage in three countries in 2015.

2015

  • Tampa Electric
    Tampa Electric forged innovative regional partnerships to obtain treated municipal wastewater for use in cooling the Polk Power Station.  The plant uses three million gallons of groundwater every day for cooling, and drawing more groundwater to accommodate plant expansion would prove difficult.  The company developed partnerships with the Southwest Florida Water Management District, Polk County, and the cities of Lakeland and Mulberry to deliver municipal waste water that could be further treated and used as coolant.  The resulting project is the first power plant in the United State to combine clarification, filtration and reverse-osmosis technology on reclaimed water with on-site, deep well disposal of wastewater. This process meets the current and future water needs for the plant, and provides major environmental benefits to the local ecosystem.
  • Ergon Energy
    Ergon Energy developed an innovative asset mapping and management system—the Roames Virtual World Asset Management System.  The company supplies energy to a highly dispersed customer base of 725,000 customers across an operating area of over one million square kilometers, and needed an asset management system that could cope with diverse environments from expanding coastal and rural population centers to remote communities of outback and islands.  ROMAES uses geospatial mapping and three-dimensional modelling to provide precise locations of the network vis-à-vis trees, buildings and other objects. This allows operators to monitor vegetation growth, ground and clearance levels, building placement and storm damage, improving risk management, disaster response and safety performance, while reducing costs and enhancing customer service.
  • ​SaskPower
    SaskPower developed the Boundary Dam CCS project, the first commercial scale carbon capture and storage project in the world.  Coal, is an affordable and reliable energy source and is essential for meeting global energy demand but also poses certain environmental costs.  Beginning operations in October 2014 the Boundary Dam project plant will create a viable business case for commercial-scale CCS in the power sector.  It will capture one million tonness of carbon dioxide each year, as well as removing sulfur dioxide and fly ash from the flue gas.  The resulting low emission levels will allow the plant to continue operations even under very strict environmental regulations.