American Electric Power and FirstEnergy were honored by the Electric Power Research Institute for their commitment to enabling an integrated electric grid with the first-ever EPRI Interoperability Leadership Award. The awards were presented during meetings of EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization (PDU) advisors in Phoenix, Arizona, on March 4, 2015.
“As we work toward the concept of an Integrated Grid, the concept of interoperability is going to be more important than ever. This award is meant to recognize industry leadership in the development and adoption of technologies that help achieve this goal,” said Mark McGranaghan, vice president of PDU at EPRI. “Recognizing the work of both FirstEnergy and AEP in the area of Network Model Management is very appropriate for this first award.”
AEP and FirstEnergy together undertook the challenge of assessing the feasibility of a consolidated Network Model Management approach for transmission systems. “Their leadership resulted in a much broader initiative to publicly define industry requirements and the kinds of data exchange the Common Information Model (CIM) should support for a widely applicable Network Model Management Tool. This will improve data accuracy, the speed of data exchange, and help to reduce the amount of errors and manual effort needed to manage the models for a variety of different applications,” said Pat Brown, EPRI principal technical leader and program director.
Winners from FirstEnergy include Jeff Mackauer, Rod Phillips, Kevin Irwin and Joe Waligorski.
Winners from AEP include Eric Hatter, Bart Taberner, B