For Immediate Release
Electric Power Research Institute recognizes those driving the efforts to develop new products and services for customers
BALTIMORE (Feb. 21, 2019) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has recognized four BGE employees with Technology Transfer Awards, for their innovative work on projects to advance the customer experience in Maryland. EPRI gives the awards annually to energy company employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry.
"At BGE we are committed to testing and implementing innovative technologies like battery storage that can improve our system's reliability and save our customers money," said Calvin Butler, BGE chief executive officer. "I applaud our colleagues for this well-deserved award and hard work on behalf of our customers."
Principal Engineers Luke Hasemeier and Brian Majerowicz, Principal Project Manager Brian Green, and Engineer Richard Garbark were all recognized for their work on BGE's first Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) at Cold Spring Substation. The Cold Spring BESS was energized in March 2018 to help meet peak demand for electricity during the hottest days of the summer, which was forecasted to exceed the substation's capacity.
Traditionally, a new substation would be built once demand exceeded a substation's capacity. Battery storage can now delay or eliminate the need for a new substation saving millions of dollars for customers. As an added benefit, BGE is gaining an understanding of grid-scale batteries and how this innovative and cost-effective technology can help meet the operating needs of the electric system and support the integration of distributed generation resources like solar.
"BGE's Technology Transfer Award recipients have demonstrated the collaborative ingenuity needed to address some of the electric industry's most pressing challenges," said Arshad Mansoor, EPRI senior vice president of Research and Development. "Their contributions will help shape the future energy system for the benefit of their company, the industry and society."
The awards were presented at EPRI's Power Delivery and Utilization awards dinner on February 12 in San Antonio, TX, where nineteen employees from Exelon's utilities were recognized for their work.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation's first gas utility and headquartered in Baltimore, is Maryland's largest natural gas and electric utility. The company's approximately 3,200 employees are committed to safe and reliable energy delivery to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. In the J.D. Power 2017 and 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE was ranked Highest in Customer Satisfaction with Business Electric Service in the East among Large Utilities. In addition, in the J.D. Power 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study SM BGE received Best in Customer Satisfaction with Business Natural Gas Service in the East. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation's leading competitive energy provider. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter, YouTube and Flickr.
Baltimore Gas and Electric Company (or "BGE") received the highest score in the East Large segment of the 2018 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study and the East Region of the 2018 Gas Utility Business Customer Satisfaction Study of electric and gas utility customer satisfaction among business customers. Visit jdpower.com/awards.