BOSTON, June 13, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Tohoku Electric Power today received the Edison Electric Institute's (EEI's) 2017 International Edison Award, the electric power industry's most prestigious honor. A panel of former energy company chief executives selected Tohoku Electric Power for the annual award from a group of distinguished finalists.
Tohoku Electric Power earned the International Edison Award for its Shin-Sendai Thermal Power Station Replacement project. After a 2011 earthquake severely damaged the Shin-Sendai Thermal Power Station, the plant commenced commercial operation ahead of schedule. Additionally, the effort to rebuild has contributed to revitalization and development in local communities affected by the earthquake. Tohoku Electric Power's work has reduced fuel costs and emissions and also has improved efficiency.
"Tohoku Electric Power's exemplary effort to rebuild the Shin-Sendai Thermal Power Station demonstrates our industry's commitment to customers and local communities throughout the world," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "Not only does this project reduce emissions significantly, it also created jobs that revitalized the local community."
In addition to the environmental benefits that have come from the new and more efficient Shin-Sendai Thermal Power Station, Tohoku Electric Power also put in place new disaster countermeasures to help prevent future incidents.
"The Tohoku Electric Power team is truly deserving of the 2017 International Edison Award," said Kuhn.
A video overview of operations at the new Shin-Sendai Thermal Power Station is available online.
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, and operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. As a whole, the electric power industry supports more than 7 million jobs in communities across the United States. In addition to our U.S. members, EEI has more than 60 international electric companies as International Members, and hundreds of industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
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SOURCE Edison Electric Institute