June 21, 2011, 1:18am
MANILA, Philippines — AES Philippines, a subsidiary of the AES Corporation, announced that it had won the 2011 Edison Award – the electric power industry’s most prestigious honor. AES Philippines received the award in the international category for its successful rehabilitation of the Masinloc Plant, a power facility acquired by the company in 2008.
“We are extremely proud to have been chosen by the Edison Electric Institute to receive this prestigious award,” says Andy Horrocks, Country Manager of AES Philippines. “The award is a testament to our local team’s professionalism, passion for excellence and determination to succeed. We look forward to continuing to provide safe and reliable energy to the Philippines and contributing to the economic development of the country.”
Through its comprehensive rehabilitation program, the Company restored the plant’s mechanical infrastructure and improved boiler efficiency and environmental controls. As a result of these improvements, AES Philippines safely increased the plant’s efficiency by 13 percent and increased its output by 31 percent, while also lowering emissions levels so that they are in compliance with World Bank standards.
Apart from the physical improvements, AES Philippines also promoted a more pro-active safety culture by implementing an extensive training program and introducing an Achievement of Excellence Award which recognizes outstanding employee safety performance.
The Edison Award is presented annually by the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), which is an association of US shareholder-owned electric companies. The Edison Award recognizes US and international electric utilities for outstanding leadership, innovation and contribution to the advancement of the electric industry for the benefit of all.
The judging panel was comprised of retired industry CEOs who are also former EEI Chairmen. “They were very impressed with the tremendous efforts of AES Philippines to rehabilitate the Masinloc plant,” explained EEI President
Tom Kuhn, who personally informed AES Philippines of the win. “They were also very impressed with the team’s overall commitment to community development,” Kuhn added.