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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 22 2016.
  • 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 three pages.

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

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.


2014

  • Westar Energy
    Westar Energy – for engineering and constructing a full-scale wetland to treat wastewater at its coal-based generating facility, the Jeffrey Energy Center (JEC), in northeast Kansas. Wastewater is initially treated in a traditional treatment plant for the removal of sulfate before release into the wetland treatment process, engineered and targeted for the removal of metals. Research and experimentation led to an optimized design and construction of the 24-acre wetland system that will treat 100 percent of the JEC’s scrubber wastewater by mid-summer 2014. The wetland system offers numerous benefits including energy savings, sustainability, a natural solution to treating wastewater, water conservation, and an expected savings of $40 million over 15 years in capital and operational costs.
  • Korea Southern Power Corporation Ltd.
    Korea Southern Power Company (International Category) received the award for its Samcheok Green Power Plant in Samcheok, South Korea, and for construction of a significant dry process greenhouse gas capture facility at its Hadong Plant near Pusan, South Korea. Samcheok is a 2,000-megawatt, ultra-supercritical pressure plant that will operate two CFB boilers on a single turbine. Using innovative circulating fluidized bed (CFB) combustion technology at its Samcheok Green Power Plant will significantly reduce emissions. KOSPO also constructed the world’s largest and first dry process 10-megawatt CO2 capture facility at the Hadong Thermal Power Plant in collaboration with Korea Electric Power Corporation and the Korean government. The plant captures 56,100 tons of CO2 per year, which will be used for the manufacture of fertilizer, dry ice, and preservatives.