Baltimore Gas and Electric Company’s (BGE) Heather Anderson and Amanda Janaskie recently were honored by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with the Technology Transfer Award for an energy efficiency and smart thermostat program. The Technology Transfer Award is given annually to utility employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry.
Anderson and Janaskie received the award for evaluating smart thermostats for integration with BGE’s demand response programs that help reduce energy usage on peak demand days. As a result, BGE now has the ability to interact with customers more intelligently and provide real-time information during high usage days. This technology also demonstrates BGE’s commitment to sustainability and innovation.
“Heating and cooling your home accounts for a large portion of monthly energy costs and smart thermostats offer customers more control over their energy usage,” said Rob Biagiotti, BGE’s Vice President of Customer Operations and Chief Customer Officer. “This award demonstrates our continued commitment to explore and invest in innovative technologies that benefit our customers.”
The award was presented during EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization awards dinner in Huntington Beach, Calif., on February 14.
“The 2016 Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI R&D to new levels in order to shape a sustainable energy system,” said Arshad Mansoor, Senior Vice President of R&D at EPRI. “Working in a collaborative environment, their advancements benefit their utility and the entire industry because we all have a stake in power system transformation.”
Anderson and Janaskie were recognized along with employees from BGE’s Exelon sister utilities ComEd, in Chicago, PECO in Philadelphia and Pepco in Washington D.C.
BGE, founded in 1816 as the nation’s first gas utility, is Maryland’s largest natural gas and electric utility. Headquartered in Baltimore, BGE delivers power to more than 1.25 million electric customers and more than 650,000 natural gas customers in central Maryland. The company’s approximately 3,200 employees are committed to the safe and reliable delivery of natural gas and electricity, as well as enhanced energy management, conservation, environmental stewardship and community assistance. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $5 billion of output in its service area, supporting more than 9,500 local jobs and producing $923 million in labor income. BGE is a subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading competitive energy provider.