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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.
  • Nominations are due January 23, 2015.
  • 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 (appointed by EEI's president) 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 the current chairman of EEI and 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

2013

  • American Electric Power
    American Electric Power (AEP) completed and began commercial operation of the the first U.S. power plant to employ an advanced ultra-supercritical steam cycle.​ The John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant, located in Hempstead County, Ark., began operations on December 20, 2012. AEP’s Southwestern Electric Power Company (SWEPCO) committed $1.7 billion (the largest capital investment in Arkansas history) to construct the Turk Plant that now serves as a principal source of baseload electricity for the three-state operating region of Louisiana, Arkansas and Texas.

    Throughout the course of the project, AEP surmounted major siting challenges and crafted solutions and contingency plans to maintain overall progress. The 600-megawatt plant was designed with state-of-the-art emission control technologies, and the ultra-supercritical steam cycle uses less fuel and produces fewer emissions to create the same amount of power as other pulverized coal-based power plants.

    AEP has long recognized that fuel diversity and technology solutions enable the company to use domestic and abundant coal more efficiently, minimizing customer exposure to volatile fuel markets.
  • Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company
    Oklahoma Gas & Electric Company's (OG&E's) highly successful and innovative SmartHours program saved 99 percent of customers in the program an average of $191 per year on their electricity bills. By using smart grid technology and involving its customers—along with adding wind, new transmission and demand-side management—OG&E will delay the need to build a new fossil fuel power plant and also reach its 2020 goal of achieving more than 200 megawatts of annual peak-load reduction. 

    The company installed more than 823,000 smart meters throughout its service area and exceeded its targets by enrolling more than 44,000 customers in its SmartHours program—achieving a collective 72 megawatts of load reduction on peak-use days. SmartHours is a voluntary program that offers OG&E customers a free programmable communicating thermostat (PCT) and a variable price plan with significantly reduced off-peak pricing and variable peak pricing during summer months.

    Knowing that customers would be an important partner in achieving the 2020 plan goal, OG&E focused on putting them in control of their electricity use. The company communicated to its customers with a significant educational campaign that allowed them to better understand smart energy consumption and how to monitor their energy usage and costs​.
 
  • ​AES-SONEL
    AES-SONEL's historic investment in Cameroon enabled more than 60,000 new families each year to receive electricity for the first time, nearly doubling the number of families in Cameroon with access to electricity. AES-SONEL, an affiliate of global power company AES, entered the Sub Saharan country of Cameroon in 2001 and began investing in the country’s electricity sector in an effort to refurbish and add capacity. The company's extraordinary investment program in Cameroon greatly increased access to electricity, improved system reliability, and provided jobs and social programs.

    AES-SONEL’s investment of $1 billion U.S. to renew and expand Cameroon’s electricity sector between 2001 and 2012 represents the single largest investment in the country over the past 10 years. AES-SONEL’s electricity sector investment also included community-oriented programs focused on job readiness, health, education, environment, and economic development.

2012

  • Southern Company
    Southern Company committed tremendous resources toward building the first new nuclear generation units in the United States in more than 30 years. The company has a proven track record of exceptional construction performance, concentrated regulatory efforts and has worked to educate the public about the safety and benefits of nuclear power.

    Southern Company took the lead in the nuclear renaissance by working with various stakeholders to prepare for construction; obtaining the first combined construction and operating license; and serving as the reference plant for the new certified reactor design. The company has also established an INPO approved training facility for a new generation of plant operators. By recovering financing costs during construction, they will save consumers $100 million per year. They are generating tens of thousands of jobs in their region. Energy Secretary Steven Chu visited Plant Vogtle in February and noted, “The resurgence of America’s nuclear industry starts here in Georgia ... you should be very proud of that.”

    Southern Company does a tremendous amount of work promoting and advancing the image of the electric utility industry, and certainly deserves to be recognized for their distinguished leadership.
  • AES Gener
    As a result of declining gas supplies in northern Chile, and a potential electricity supply shortfall, AES Gener embarked on a project to build the first new base load generation of this scale in the region in nearly a decade. AES built a 545-megawatt coal-based plant that was inaugurated in August 2011 on the northern coast of the country. One challenge for plant designers was the high potential for seismic activity in the region. Additionally, this is one of the driest deserts in the world, so fresh water supplies for construction and operation are extremely low.

    The plant is the first of its kind in South America to employ a seawater cooling tower which allows it to utilize the nearby Pacific Ocean in an environmentally-friendly manner. The company also installed a 20-megawatt high-efficiency lithium-ion battery energy storage system on site. This serves as the reserve for primary frequency regulation, eliminating the need for spinning reserves, and increasing the total output of the plant.

    AES has also been an outstanding neighbor, promoting safe working environments, working to sustain local ecosystems, and providing developmental and recreational resources for their neighbors.
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