Several AEP employees and project teams were recognized in 2016 for their innovation and accomplishments in advancing technology for the company and the industry.
Re-conductoring Project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley
AEP Transmission’s energized reconductoring project in the Lower Rio Grande Valley (LRGV) in Texas won the acclaimed Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute (EEI). It was the fifth time AEP has won this award, the highest honor offered by EEI.
The award recognized AEP Transmission’s planning and management of North America’s longest live-line reconductoring project – a pair of 120-mile, 345-kilovolt (kV) transmission lines that stretch from Corpus Christi, Texas, to the LRGV. The project improves delivery of electricity and service reliability in southern Texas.
In early 2017, nine AEP employees were recognized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with Technology Transfer Awards for their achievements in research and development (R&D). Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize power system leaders and innovators who have helped their companies deliver safe, affordable, reliable, and environmentally responsible electricity via the application of R&D in the utility industry.
Among the projects recognized:
- Successful field tests of a new technology that provides utilities with a viable option for mercury and sulfur dioxide (SO2) emission control at plants equipped with a wet scrubber.
- Proof of concept for alternative weld repair methods for advanced steel alloy components in power plants. Developed as part of a multinational research project, the welding methods preserve the integrity of the material while reducing outage times. AEP represents the first industry-detailed application of this welding method, which was used to make 14 repairs of reheater tubing.
- Formation of internal electrification teams at AEP, establishing electrification programs, and working with customers to advance targeted electrification technologies.
- Work to uncover the dynamics and extent of physiological strain (heat stress) that electric utility workers experience while performing their typical workday tasks. The research is expanding awareness and scientific knowledge about the effects of heat stress and could lead to new industry guidelines to better protect worker health and safety.