The Edison Award is presented annually, usually to one U.S. and one international electric company, selected from members of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). It is EEI's most prestigious award.
- The Edison Award honors “distinguished leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electric industry for the benefit of all.”
- Any EEI member company, U.S. or international affiliate, may nominate itself or any other member.
- Nominations due January 31, 2013
- 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.
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.
- The Edison Award is announced and presented at EEI's Annual Convention in June.
EEI Staff Contacts
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Edison Award Recipients
- 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-fired 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.
- Cleco Corporation
Cleco – which operates four plants and serves approximately 279,000 customers in central Louisiana – traditionally has relied on natural gas resources for electricity generation. In 2003, Cleco began its planning for a generation strategy and fuel portfolio that would help keep prices low for customers and increase reliability. As Hurricane Katrina placed strain on the supply and price of natural gas for energy providers in the region, the company had already committed to plans for the new unit. The result is the new Madison 3 plant, which utilizes two circulating fluidized-bed (CFB) boilers to power the steam turbine generator. The CFBs – which were among the first installed in the United States and today are two of the largest in operation in North America – are designed to burn biomass, petroleum coke and other solid fuels at a temperature low enough to ensure a 50-70 percent reduction in nitrogen oxides and a 90 percent reduction of sulfur dioxide emissions during combustion. The more efficient use of solid fuels afforded by the CFBs have allowed Cleco to reach a 50/50 balance of solid fuels to natural gas in its generation portfolio, compared to 70 percent reliance on natural gas prior to the opening of Madison 3.
- AES Philippines
AES Philippines, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, was recognized for its successful turnaround of the Masinloc Plant in the Zambales province. AES entered the Philippines in 2008 through its acquisition of the 660 MW Masinloc plant and became the largest foreign investor in the country’s power sector. As a result of capital investment and operational improvements, AES Philippines increased Masinloc’s capacity from 450 MW to 630 MW, improved availability from 50 percent to 74 percent and increased net production by 62 percent within two years. AES Philippines also improved the plant’s environmental performance, lowering emissions levels so that they are in compliance with World Bank standards. In addition, the company reinforced its pro-active safety culture by providing extensive trainings for its people and introducing the Achievement of Excellence Award, which recognizes those nominated by their colleagues as having demonstrated outstanding safety performance. AES Philippines has demonstrated an ongoing commitment to the communities surrounding Masinloc, where it supports development programs in the areas of education, health, livelihood and environment.
- Tohoku Electric Power
Tohoku Electric Power was recognized for its conversion of the Sendai Thermal Power Station from an aging coal-fired to a combined- cycle generation facility. With the Sendai Plant project, Tohoku Electric Power Company directed the first complete conversion of a Japanese power plant from coal-fired to combined-cycle generation. The design of the new plant, which replaced the 50-year-old Sendai Thermal Power Station, reflects great concern for both its immediate surroundings – it is located within one of Japan’s most-visited natural parks – and broader, long-term environmental impacts. By incorporating natural gas into its combined-cycle generation, the new Sendai Plant produces 50 percent fewer carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions than the retired coal-fired facility. Further CO2 reductions are expected once a planned 2000 kW solar generation system is added to the plant in 2012. The plant sustained damage from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March, and restoration is underway.
Portland General Electric
For the first time in more than 40 years, Chinook salmon, steelhead and sockeye salmon will have the opportunity to complete their life cycles in the Deschutes River basin. In December 2009 Portland General Electric and the Confederated Tribes of the Warm Springs Reservation successfully completed construction of a first-of-its-kind fish bypass/intake structure at their 465-MW Pelton Round Butte hydroelectric project. This 273-foot-tall Selective Water Withdrawal Structure returns temperatures in the lower Deschutes River, Ore., to historic patterns and restores downstream passage of Chinook, steelhead, and sockeye smolt, while maintaining existing generating capacity.
Public Service Enterprise Group (PSEG)
PSEG is intrinsically growing its business by aligning the interests of the company with the interests of society, specifically in the areas of combating climate change and creating jobs. PSEG has been advocating a three-pronged energy response to climate change: promoting energy efficiency, investing in renewables, and exploring new clean central station power. In each of these areas, PSEG is creating new businesses – investing more than $ 1 billion in efficiency and renewables alone. These efforts, along with accelerated infrastructure investment, are creating thousands of direct and indirect green jobs.
- British Columbia Transmission Corp (BCTC) and Hydro-Québec
As British Columbia’s transmission system is aging, BC Transmission Corporation (BCTC) is committed to implementing innovative technology to provide reliable electricity to British Columbians. By adopting new methods and tools for transmission line maintenance, BCTC can deliver real improvements in system inspection, maintenance and safety. Hydro‐Québec (HQ) developed an innovative transmission line inspection robot, LineScout Technology (LST), dramatically increasing the ability for live line inspections and providing increased safety for inspection personnel. This joint BCTC/Hydro‐Québec inspection research project benefits both utilities and ushers in a new era of transmission line inspection and maintenance. This technology offers a new delivering platform and opportunities for deploying advance inspection and maintenance technologies and thus reduces costs, improving reliability and increasing safety for utilities throughout North America and the world. The project demonstrates the benefits of collaboration in developing innovative solutions.