Dominion Energy Employees Receive Prestigious Research Technology Award

Joe Hodges

Joe Hodges

CAYCE, S.C. (Feb. 26, 2020) – Two Dominion Energy South Carolina employees were awarded the prestigious Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for their achievements in collaborative research and development projects.

Joe Hodges, manager of renewable energy programs and technical services; and Jeff Inabinet, senior engineer, received the Technology Transfer Award for the implementation of advanced power quality monitoring and analysis tools. The Dominion Energy power quality team developed the innovative concept of an advanced analytics platform called the Power Quality Dashboard. Dominion Energy, along with several other utilities, worked with EPRI to develop an Open Power Quality Dashboard software tool. They demonstrated a more efficient process for managing large trend data sets and analytical processing with alert notifications to improve the technical vision and problem-solving abilities of the engineers and customer relations personnel. These capabilities can lead to more consistent delivery of higher quality electric power.

“Investing in new technology and innovation is one of the important ways Dominion Energy is working hard for South Carolina as we continue to provide customers with safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable energy,” said Rodney Blevins, president of Dominion Energy South Carolina. “We encourage employees to engage in research and development projects that ultimately benefit our customers and the communities we serve. I’m proud of the industry-leading work our employees do with EPRI.”

Presented annually, EPRI’s Technology Transfer Awards recognize industry leaders and innovators who help companies transform research into results and solutions that can improve the efficiency of power plants, harden transmission and distribution equipment, improve cybersecurity, and enhance end-use electrification – all for the end-benefit of utility customers.

“The 2019 Technology Transfer Award recipients lead by example, elevating the societal value of EPRI’s collaborative R&D by deploying advanced energy technologies across the power industry,” said EPRI President Arshad Mansoor. “Their contributions are essential to transforming electricity generation, delivery, and use for the benefit of energy customers around the world.”

About Dominion Energy
More than 7 million customers in 18 states energize their homes and businesses with electricity or natural gas from Dominion Energy (NYSE: D), headquartered in Richmond, Va. The company is committed to sustainable, reliable, affordable and safe energy and is one of the nation's largest producers and transporters of energy with more than $100 billion of assets providing electric generation, transmission and distribution, as well as natural gas storage, transmission, distribution and import/export services. The company is committed to achieve net zero carbon dioxide and methane emissions from its power generation and gas infrastructure operations by 2050. Please visit DominionEnergy.com to learn more.

About EPRI
The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc. (EPRI, www.epri.com) conducts research and development relating to the generation, delivery and use of electricity for the benefit of the public. An independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI 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 nearly 40 countries. EPRI's principal offices and laboratories are located in Palo Alto, Calif.; Charlotte, NC; Knoxville, Tenn.; and Lenox, Mass.

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