Two California projects in the new energy mix helped their respective utilities win one of the industry’s highest honors, the Edison Electric Institute announced Wednesday.
AES Corp. and Edison International, parent of Southern California Edison, were awarded the 93rd annual Edison Award for innovation in projects. The EEI represents all of the U.S. investor-owned utilities.
“As EEI member companies continue to advance their clean energy commitments, technologies such as energy storage systems and programs that support the adoption of transportation electrification are positively transforming the electric power industry,” said EEI President Tom Kuhn. “AES’s and Edison International/Southern California Edison’s investments are enhancing the resilience, reliability, and security of the energy grid while also benefiting the customers and the communities they serve every day. I applaud each for their innovative work and congratulate them for winning this prestigious award.”
AES was honored for its Alamitos Battery Energy Storage System. Last year, the company completed the 400-MWh stand-alone battery energy storage system in California.
Developed by AES and Fluence—itself a joint venture of AES battery storage and Siemens—replaces a gas-fired peak plant in the utility’s capacity mix.
“We are honored to be recognized with the 2021 Edison Award,” said Andrés Gluski, president and CEO of AES. “Together with Fluence, we are proud to support the sector’s transition to low-carbon sources of energy.”
Edison International/Southern California Edison was selected for Southern California Edison’s innovative suite of programs designed to help accelerate the electrification of the transportation sector. With nearly $2 billion of funding approved in California, the programs support electric vehicle adoption and the installation of more than 50,000 new charging ports throughout its service territory.
As the country continues the important effort of electrifying transportation, it is critical that we support all customers and ensure our vulnerable communities aren’t left behind,” said Pedro J. Pizarro, president and CEO of Edison International. “I am proud of everything the SCE team is doing to make EVs accessible to more Californians. We are honored to be recognized for work that will help modernize the grid and create a cleaner environment.”
Japanese power generator J-POWER received the International Edison Award for its Osaki CoolGen project. The Osaki CoolGen project is a three-step demonstration pilot designed to establish integrated coal gasification fuel cell combined cycle (IGCC) with carbon dioxide (CO2) capture.