ALLENTOWN PA – A group of employees at PPL Electric Utilities, which serves eight local municipalities across Montgomery, Berks, and Chester counties, has won an industry award for improving safety and reliability in supplying electricity to their users. The company announced the honor Monday (Oct. 16, 2023).
Their work, in part, benefited PPL customers in the Montgomery County municipalities of East Greenville, Pennsburg, Red Hill, and Upper Hanover; Robesonia in Berks County; and Elverson and Honey Brook (township and borough), Chester County.
The five-member team received the 2023 Charles Steinmetz Top Innovator Award in Grid Operations from Public Utilities Fortnightly. It is a membership organization representing about 250 utilities, industries, regulators, and other groups.
The honor acknowledges what judges called “groundbreaking additions” as improvements to the company’s electric grid. They include sensors and switches that reduce the severity of a power outage, downed power line detection, a wooden utility pole inspection program, automation that checks power network settings to prevent service disruptions, and energy resource management.
The team consists of Ian Mears, support engineer; Bashar Jarrah, manager of Operations Engineering and DER Management; Aliesha Dombroski-Diamond, supervisor of Operations Engineering and Energy Resource Management; Arun Doodnauth, supervising engineer; and Sal Salet, vice president of Distribution Operations.
Overall, PPL Electric Utilities serves more than 1.4 million homes and businesses in eastern and central Pennsylvania.