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Con Edison Researcher from Yonkers Wins Award for Reliability Project

Findings on Substations to Help U.S. Utilities -- A Con Edison engineer from Yonkers won prestigious recognition for research findings that will help the utility industry continue to provide customers with reliable electrical service.

Luciano Villani, a Con Edison employee since 1982, was one of 10 company researchers to receive the Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), a national energy research organization.

"Electricity plays a greater, more crucial role in American life than ever before," said Craig S. Ivey, the president of Con Edison. "Our security, economy and quality of life all depend on safe, reliable power. The findings our researchers have made with EPRI will help utilities provide the high-quality service customers need."

Villani, department manager in Project Engineering, led a Con Edison team that studied the potential damage to the concrete and steel structure of substations resulting from a fault on an electric circuit.

When a fault occurs, breakers open to remove the circuit from service. But this creates shockwaves that impact substations.

The team created computer models of substation equipment and the support structures, and simulated faults to determine the potential stress and damage. The findings will help Con Edison and other utilities determine the most cost-effective types of protections to build into substations.

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Con Edison is a subsidiary of Consolidated Edison, Inc. [NYSE: ED], one of the nation's largest investor-owned energy companies, with approximately $13 billion in annual revenues and $46 billion in assets. The utility provides electric, gas and steam service to more than three million customers in New York City and Westchester County, New York.