Thursday, February 23, 2017

Employee recognized with national award

Cows milk themselves at some Wisconsin dairy farms, thanks to robotic milkers. Some farms also use electric feed pushers that distribute food to cattle automatically. These are the types of technology being studied by Joann Henry and her team as they investigate “electrification,” the application of novel, energy-efficient electric technologies as alternatives to fossil-fueled or non-energized processes.

Henry, a market strategist in our wholesale energy and fuels department, has been recognized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for her leadership in customer efficiency efforts. She received a Technology Transfer Award for developing internal electrification teams, establishing electrification programs and working with customers to advance targeted electrification technologies.

“This has been a company-wide effort,” said Henry. “From account managers, to our agriculture services team, to our environmental and regulatory departments, dozens of employees have been helping our customers be more efficient.”

Henry also was involved in an EPRI case study working with an industrial customer to develop a business case for switching from fossil fuels to electricity using induction melting. Henry was recognized in the electrification category along with a dozen peers from other utility companies.

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