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February 17, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Employee Wins EPRI Technology Transfer Award

A Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation engineer has earned a prestigious award for achievements in research and development from the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI). Presented annually, the Technology Transfer Awards recognize leaders and innovators who help deliver safe, affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity through the application of R&D in the utility industry.

Stephanie Genesee, Associate Engineer for Electric Distribution Planning at Central Hudson, was recognized for her work in applying a tool developed by EPRI, called Streamlined Hosting Capacity Analysis, to allow solar developers to more readily identify suitable locations for larger-scale systems on the local electric grid. Genesee served as a member of an international collaborative of utility engineers in helping to develop this critical tool.

Because not all locations along the electric system can accommodate the electrical output of large solar systems without costly upgrades, Genesee’s work is the initial step in providing a way for developers to quickly and easily identify suitable areas based upon the size of their proposed systems. Genesee applied the tool to 15 of Central Hudson’s electric circuits to determine the ability of each to accommodate additional electric supply from large distributed sources, such as solar farms. Central Hudson is working to perform hosting capacity analysis on all of its distribution feeders and the results will be available for use on its website. According to EPRI, determining hosting capacity can help a utility understand its potential for reliable integration of distributed energy resources, such as large scale solar systems.

“Within the past year, the number of applications for larger solar installations has grown substantially within our service area, and developers often seek information on the ability of the circuits to accommodate their systems,” said Genesee. “This tool will help developers and Central Hudson work together to promote distributed energy systems here in the Mid-Hudson Valley.”

“We’re enormously proud of Stephanie for the contributions she’s made not only for our customers but for our industry,” said Paul E. Haering, Vice President of Engineering and System Operations for Central Hudson. “This tool will help streamline distributed solar development in such a way that improves our ability to more efficiently integrate renewable sources of energy onto the grid.”

“The 2016 Technology Transfer Award winners have taken EPRI R&D to new levels in order to shape a sustainable energy system,” said Arshad Mansoor, senior vice president of R&D at EPRI. “Working in a collaborative environment, their advancements benefit their utility and the entire industry because we all have a stake in power system transformation.”

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Central Hudson engineer Stephanie Genesee (seated, second from left) was a recipient of the prestigious Technology Transfer Award from the Electric Power Research Institute. The award, presented annually, recognizes leaders and innovators who help deliver safe, affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity through the application of R&D in the utility industry. Genesee served as part of an international collaborative of utility engineers for her work in applying a tool to allow solar developers to more readily identify suitable locations for larger-scale systems on the electric grid.