UTC Announces 2022 Award Winners
Wednesday, May 25, 2022 | Comments

The Utilities Technology Council (UTC) recognized utilities and their personnel who demonstrated initiative, perseverance and innovative thinking throughout the past year. The awards were given at the 2022 Telecom and Technology Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

  UTC’s awards recognize the importance of utility information and communications technology (ICT) systems and the employees who build, operate and maintain these systems to support the reliability, resilience and safety of the nation’s electric systems. From storm response to day-to-day reliability, ICT networks also provide opportunities for communities to enhance economic prosperity, provide innovative new services, and support health, education and access to critical services. 

  “Congratulations to all of our winners this year,” said UTC Chairman of the Board Paul Lambert of East River Electric Power Coop. “I am proud to stand among them. Over the past year, our incredible workforce has answered the call, shown resilience, and provided their communities with essential utility services under unprecedented and sometimes dangerous circumstances. These awards go to the heart of what makes UTC so special: the people, the utilities and the technology partners who make up our membership. Every day our members work hard to support reliable, resilient and affordable services to people and businesses. It is an honor to recognize a select few for their service.” 

  APEX Award, which recognizes individual accomplishment and organizational commitment for outstanding projects undertaken by utility telecom workers, went to Ameren.

The Dondanville Award went to Lambert. The award which was established in 1989 and named in honor of UTC’s first President and CEO Russell V. Dondanville, recognizes an individual’s extraordinary service and dedication to UTC over the years through active participation in numerous association activities.    

  The Meehan Award was established in 1998 and is named in honor of UTC’s first Executive Director Charles M. (Mike) Meehan. It recognizes individuals for their extraordinary leadership in projects during the past year that greatly furthered the interests and objectives of UTC.   That award went to Ron Beck of Central Lincoln Public Utility District (PUD).  

The Connie Durcsak Unsung Hero Award, which recognizes an individual or utility that exemplifies the selfless, admirable, necessary, never-ending work that our utility workers do every day in extenuating circumstances. They perform heroic tasks daily and there is often no press, fanfare, or acknowledgment of the lifesaving efforts performed by our utility workers. That award went to Southern Company.

UTC’s Emerging Leaders Awards acknowledge “rising stars” within UTC’s member utilities, who are dedicated to the critical work of telecom, infrastructure, IT/operational technology (OT), security, technology innovation, policy and other key utility disciplines. Those awards went to Mike Lacey, National Grid; Daniella Piper, New York Power Authority; Corey Peters, New York Power Authority; Keisha Sauls, CenterPoint Energy; and Lon Renner, Nebraska Public Power District.

Chairman Awards are given in appreciation for service to UTC during the past calendar year.    The awards went to Dewey Day, Pacific Gas & Electric; Kirt Mayson, NorthWestern Energy; Dr. Peter Muhoro, Rappahannock Electric Cooperative; Piper, New York Power Authority; Travis Phifer, Tri-State G & T; Bob Lockhart, UTC; and Brittany Luckett, UTC.

The IMPACT Award. Building on the legacy of UTC awards, the IMPACT award honors the UTC associate member organizations making a great impact on our industry through an innovative and proven solution. Anterix received this year’s IMPACT Award.

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