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EEI Announces Finalists for 2018 Edison Award
WASHINGTON, DC (April 24, 2018) – Four U.S. and two international electric companies have been named as finalists for the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2018 Edison Award. Since 1922, the Edison Award has recognized electric companies for their distinguished leadership, innovation, and contribution to the advancement of the electric power industry. The Edison Award is regarded as the industry’s most prestigious honor.

In February, an independent panel of reviewers met to evaluate the nominations and selected DTE Energy, Indianapolis Power & Light Company, San Diego Gas & Electric, and Xcel Energy as finalists for this year’s U.S. Edison Award. ATCO and State Grid Corporation of China were named finalists for the International Edison Award.

“Electric companies continue to change the way they provide services to customers, as new technologies and innovations are helping to drive efficiencies, improve sustainability, spur economic development, and enhance quality of life for citizens in many cities and communities,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “This year’s finalists have created innovative solutions that are helping to deliver the safe, reliable, affordable, and clean energy that our customers need and expect.”

A panel of former electric company chief executives will select the winners for the 90th annual Edison Award, which will be presented in June at the EEI Annual Convention in San Diego.

U.S. Edison Award Finalists

DTE Energy – DTE Energy announced a $15 billion broad sustainability initiative that plans to cut carbon emissions by more than 80 percent by 2050 while continuing to provide reliable and affordable energy for its 2.2 million customers. The company has reduced carbon emissions by nearly 25 percent from 2005 levels and has invested approximately $2.5 billion over the last 10 years in Michigan’s renewable energy sector. DTE Energy is achieving these reductions by incorporating more renewable energy, transitioning its energy mix from coal to natural gas, continuing to operate its zero-emission Fermi 2 power plant, and improving options for customers to save energy and reduce bills.

Indianapolis Power & Light Company (IPL) – By taking technology used in the oil pipeline industry, IPL partnered with Texas-based Fiber Optic Pipeline Solutions to be the first electric company to use a distributed temperature sensing (DTS) system to monitor external high-temperature threats in an underground network. This development in the electric power industry has the far-reaching potential of enhancing safety for any large metropolitan area that utilizes both electricity and steam.

San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E) – SDG&E has pursued investments to enhance grid resiliency and to reduce climate-related and weather-related vulnerabilities, like wildfires, to ensure the reliable operation of the region’s energy grid for generations to come. SDG&E has developed, and continues to improve upon, a comprehensive fire risk mitigation program designed to prevent the ignition of wildfires, improve grid resiliency, and provide public safety. This includes significant strategic investments to fire-harden the energy grid, increase situational awareness, update operating protocols, and improve the region’s ability to respond to wildfires.

Xcel Energy – Xcel Energy’s CapX2020 is the largest development of new transmission in the Midwest in nearly 40 years, setting a new standard for regional cooperation in the pursuit of long-term energy grid reliability, economic sustainability, and clean energy. Currently, developers are requesting that 4,000 megawatts of wind and solar projects interconnect to these new transmission lines. In creating and investing in CapX2020, Xcel Energy is dedicated to advancing and enhancing reliability throughout the upper Midwest and driving renewable energy development.

International Edison Award Finalists

ATCO – ATCO, in partnership with Quanta Services, was awarded the Alberta Electric System Operator’s (AESO) first-ever competitive public-private partnership (P3) contract for large-scale critical transmission infrastructure in the province – the Fort McMurray West 500-kilovolt Transmission Project. To win the proposal, ATCO and Quanta Services showcased a firm commitment to Indigenous and community engagement, dedication to the environment, innovative engineering design and construction methods, and a comprehensive approach to system performance and reliability that will influence the way electrical utilities build transmission projects in the future.

State Grid Corporation of China (SGCC) – A robust, integrated, and flexible charging network is essential for electric vehicle (EV) growth and deployment in China. SGCC developed the Smart Internet of Vehicles EV Charging Network, which allows the company to expand its EV capacity. In the process, SGCC overcame significant barriers to success, including a lack of standards for manufacturers to build the largest EV charging network in the world. 

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