Glenn Walden and Peter WilsonEmerging Opportunities Senior Advisor Peter Wilson (right) and Emerging Markets Manager Glenn Walden (left) each received a Technology Transfer Award from the United States-based Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI)  for their "exceptional efforts to document research case studies in conjunction with the EPRI Smart Grid Demonstration Projects".

The annual award is given to institute members who have led technology transfer efforts on behalf of their companies and the industry at large.

"The 2014 Technology Transfer Award winners made significant achievements in applying EPRI research results, or acting as champions for EPRI research programs," said EPRI's Mark McGranaghan.

"The commitment and collaboration demonstrated by these individuals and teams enables the power industry to continuously improve its safety, reliability, and affordability and be more environmentally responsible for the benefit of their stakeholders and society."

The recognition also speaks volumes about Ergon Energy's involvement in smart grid research and development; of the 46 individuals representing 29 power utilities to receive the awards, Peter and Glenn are the only recipients from outside the United States.

"Not only is this an outstanding recognition of the enormous pool of talent that we have in Ergon Energy, but also a great acknowledgment of the Smart Grid work that many of our people have contributed to under the Townsville Energy Sense Community Program and beyond," said Network Optimisation Executive General Manager David Edmunds, who congratulated the pair.

The awards were presented on March 3, 2015.

About EPRI

The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. 

It is an independent, non-profit organization that brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help address challenges in electricity, including reliability, efficiency, affordability, health, safety and the environment. EPRI's members represent approximately 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the United States, and international participation extends to more than 30 countries.  EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, N.C.; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.