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For Immediate Release


Ben Armstrong

Eight Energy Industry Innovators Recognized with National Technology Awards

​WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 21, 2019) – The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has recognized eight Pepco Holdings employees with Technology Transfer Awards, for their innovative work on projects to advance the customer experience at Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. EPRI gives the awards annually to energy company employees who have explored and implemented innovative technologies on behalf of their company and the industry.

“Our employees are working every day to bring forward new processes, products and services that are redefining the energy experience for our customers,” said Dave Velazquez, president and CEO of Pepco Holdings, which includes Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. “It is a pleasure to work alongside some of the most innovative minds in our industry, and in the world.” 

Sunil Jain, senior project manager, Subhash Chauhan, senior engineer, and Scott Tjaden, innovation technology specialist, were part of a team of employees, including fellow Exelon companies ComEd and PECO, that helped lead a research demonstration project to install more than 250 energy management circuit breakers (EMCB).  The devices allow energy providers and customers to monitor and control electricity use, across 12 utilities, at over 60 sites and in 19 states. This demonstration project has vetted EMCB’s for multiple use cases, identified installation challenges and helped to test the data collection system and associated tools.

Oai Tran, senior engineer, and Amrita Acharya-Menon, general engineer, were part of a team of employees, including fellow Exelon company ComEd, recognized for their process for using smart inverter control to support increased customer-owned solar.  The use of the technology allows customers to connect their solar PV system to the local energy grid, while preventing backfeed from affecting devices that are in place to protect the grid from damage. 

Barbara Gonzalez, principal business program manager, Delvone Nicholson-Meade, principal business program manager, and Rob Stewart, manager of smart grid and technology, were recognized for their work in developing the program offerings for several Transportation Electrification filings by Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco in 2018. The creative offerings, which include a blend of charging infrastructure (i.e. Electric Vehicle Supply Equipment (EVSE), Smart Level 2 EVSEs, and Direct Current Fast Chargers), plug-in vehicle rate incentives, EVSE rebate opportunities, and data loggers for existing EVSE owners. The data loggers, which will be placed in plug-in vehicles, gather charging information and are designed to address the charging needs of residential, commercial, and public space plug-in vehicle drivers.

“Pepco Holdings’ Technology Transfer Award recipients have demonstrated the collaborative ingenuity needed to address some of the electric industry’s most pressing challenges,” said Arshad Mansoor, EPRI senior vice president of Research and Development. “Their contributions will help shape the future energy system for the benefit of their company, the industry and society.” 

Pepco Holdings oversees the operation of three regional energy companies that are part of the Exelon family of companies: Atlantic City Electric in southern New Jersey, Delmarva Power in Delaware and Maryland, and Pepco in the District of Columbia and Maryland.  

The awards were presented at EPRI’s Power Delivery and Utilization awards dinner on February 12 in San Antonio, TX.


Pepco Holdings, a unit of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC), the nation’s leading energy provider, oversees the operation of Atlantic City Electric, Delmarva Power and Pepco. The companies provide safe and reliable energy service to approximately 2.1 million customers in Maryland, the District of Columbia, Delaware and New Jersey.
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