Electric Power Research Institute recognizes an initiative that will help local energy companies expedite response to power outages; one of several award winners from Exelon
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently honored BGE senior engineering tech specialist Jack Edwards with the Technology Transfer Award. EPRI gives this award annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry. Edwards was part of a team of employees from fellow Exelon companies ComEd, PECO and Pepco Holdings who researched how deploying low-cost sensors on electric distribution poles could assist utilities in responding to outages faster and more efficiently.
“BGE is committed to testing and implementing innovative technologies like these low-cost utility pole sensors that improve our system’s reliability,” said Derrick Dickens, vice president of technical services for BGE. “I applaud Jack for this well-deserved award and his research which ultimately helps our company provide quality electric service to customers throughout our service area.”
Edwards and the Exelon team discovered that the both types of sensors, including one developed by EPRI, could provide exact locations of downed utility poles and alert faster than previous methods, allowing utilities to quickly deploy resources and restore power. Nearly 200 sensors in total were installed as part of this project.
The awards were presented during EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) awards dinner in Coronado, Calif., on Feb. 6.
“The 2017 Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI R&D to new levels to shape and improve an integrated energy network,” said Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of R&D at EPRI. “The commitment and collaboration demonstrated by these individuals and teams not only benefits their companies, but the entire industry as we all have a stake in transforming and integrating the power system.”
Ten employees from Exelon’s utilities and generation fleet received a total of five awards.