ATC among finalists for EEI 2013 Edison Award

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has named American Transmission Company (ATC) as one of six finalists for the 2013 Edison Award in recognition of its leadership, innovation and progress in advancing the electric power industry.

ATC was nominated for its completion of the Rockdale-West Middleton transmission line project. Energized in February, the project is a 345-kV line that extends from Christiana, Wis., to West Middleton near Madison, Wis.

“ATC demonstrated a strong commitment to the environment, innovation, and safety while overcoming many obstacles during construction of the transmission line project along the environmentally sensitive, highly visible, and heavily traveled Beltline Highway in Madison, Wis.,” EEI said in its May 23 statement announcing the nominations.

The nominees include three other U.S. companies and two international electric companies.

Vying with ATC for the U.S. Edison Award are American Electric Power (NYSE:AEP), NextEra Energy (NYSE:NEE), and Oklahoma Gas & Electric (OG&E).

AEP was cited for the completion and commercial operation of the John W. Turk, Jr. power plant, the first modern power plant of its type in the U.S. to employ an advanced ultra-supercritical steam cycle. The ultra-supercritical generation technologies use less coal and produce fewer emissions by using low-sulfur coal.

NextEra Energy was recognized for its expertise as the largest generator of wind energy in North America and for substantial completion of an extended power uprate project at three of its nuclear power stations. Once the uprate at the Turkey Point Nuclear Station is complete, the project will mark six nuclear units uprated in less than five years – the largest multi-site nuclear uprate project in U.S. history, according to EEI.

OG&E was named for installing more than 823,000 smart meters and exceeding its targets by enrolling more than 44,000 customers in a peak-load reduction program, thereby achieving a collective 72 MW load reduction on peak use days.

The two companies nominated for the International Edison Award are AES SONEL of Cameroon and BSES Yamuna Power Limited of India.

Part of AES (NYSE:AES), AES SONEL was recognized for its $1bn effort to refurbish and add capacity to the electricity sector in Cameroon. The project, which increased the country’s generation capacity by 51% and its transmission capacity by 38%, turned Cameroon into one of the top performing electricity sectors in Sub-Saharan Africa, EEI said.

Supplying electricity to 14 districts in India, BSES Yamuna Power implemented a power distribution system called DRONA and a modular integrated distribution automation system called MIDAS to improve the company’s operational performance. DRONA helps maintain and carry out the electric distribution system requirements. MIDAS can predict a fault in the system before it occurs and automatically notifies system operators via SMS.

Nominations for the 2013 Edison Award, which EEI calls the electric power industry’s most prestigious honor, were made by a committee of energy trade publication editors. A panel of former electric company CEOs will select the winning U.S. and international companies.

The 86th annual award will be presented in San Francisco on June 10, during the EEI Annual Convention.