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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

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.

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.