Con Edison Researchers From Westchester Win Prestigious Industry Awards

A pair of Con Edison researchers from Westchester County, N.Y. have won recognition from a leading industry organization for findings that energy companies can use to help keep service safe and reliable.

Matthew Walther, who lives in Rye, and Steve Wemple, a Mount Vernon resident, were among 10 Con Edison employees to win Technology Transfer Awards from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI).

Walther, a section manager in Electrical Engineering, won for research into analytics that help energy companies gauge the condition of their equipment. Companies can use the analytics to guide decisions on equipment replacement, upgrades, testing and monitoring. Correct decisions in these areas enhance public safety and save money for customers.

Wemple, general manager in Utility of the Future, was part of a three-member team that worked with EPRI to determine the value distributed energy resources – such as solar, wind, combined heat and power, and storage – can have in helping Con Edison keep service reliable in areas where the need for power is growing.

Con Edison provided the findings in a proceeding before the New York State Public Service Commission. That proceeding resulted in a commission order that seeks to determine how much money the owners of certain distributed energy resources should receive for the benefits they provide to the electrical grid, reliability and the environment.

Also on the research team were Tom Mimnagh, department manager of Utility of the Future, and Candice Tsay, senior planning analyst in Demonstration Projects.

Walther, who won his fourth Technology Transfer Award, has been with Con Edison since March 1993, while Wemple joined the company in March 1987.

Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation’s largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $12 billion in annual revenues and $48 billion in assets. The utility delivers electricity, natural gas and steam to about 3.4 million customers in New York City and Westchester County, N.Y.