Western Area Power Administration, which markets and transmits wholesale electricity to 15 states, including Arizona, recently was awarded the 2016 Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) for a project aimed at ensuring the safety of workers near high-voltage lines.
Western was a leader on the project, "Categorize Line Transient Over-Voltage for Determining Minimum Approach Distances," and worked alongside EPRI to accomplish the safety-related goals.
"Western is honored to receive this acknowledgement of the importance we place on safety throughout our organization and our industry," Western CEO Mark Gabriel said.
The award acknowledged Western's teamwork and innovation.
The project was aimed at not only ensuring the safety of employees who were working with electricity, but also saving time for others on the ground. The findings will also reduce spending, all while being in full compliance with safety regulations.
Gabriel said the project will increase confidence and decrease incidents. "It is an excellent example of how we can work both safely and efficiently without compromise," he said.