EPRI recognizes BGE, ComEd, Exelon and others for electric service innovation

BGE said that the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently recognized several utilities for their commitment to innovation.

BGE employees collaborated with colleagues across Exelon on three innovation projects that won EPRI 2020 Technology Transfer Awards, which recognize those who have applied EPRI research to produce significant results in efforts to help make electricity more reliable, efficient, affordable, safe, and environmentally responsible.

The EPRI Technology Transfer Award-winning projects include:

Installation of Avian Diverters using Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) – BGE, ComEd, Exelon Generation, PECO, and Pepco collaborated with EPRI to assess and install avian diverters on electric transmission and distribution equipment at Conowingo using unmanned arial systems (i.e., drones). Installation with drones, rather than helicopters, is a safer, more efficient, and lower-cost alternative. There have not been any additional avian collisions in the area since the diverters were installed, and the project is planned for expansion to other locations.

Navigating Distributed Energy Resources (DER) Criteria: Creating a Technical Interconnection Requirement for Exelon Utilities – BGE, ComEd, PECO, and PHI collaborated with EPRI to create DER integration criteria as part of the supplemental project: Navigating DER Interconnection Standards and Practices. This helps enable customers to more safely install solar, or other distributed resources, in their homes and businesses.

Vehicle Grounding and Personal Protection of Distribution System Mobile Equipment Practices – BGE, ComEd, PECO, and PHI provided EPRI with field tested results that helped develop a standard for improving safety protection for workers using mobile equipment and reducing or eliminating risks to the public. Exelon Utilities is developing a procedure for vehicle and mobile equipment grounding and barricading of work zones, which will affect more than 4,000 lineworkers and contractors at Exelon’s operating companies. This project is enabling a standard across the utility industry.

More information is available at epri.com.

BGE is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility, providing energy delivery to more than 1.3 million electric customers and more than 680,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland.

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