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EPA Recognizes Partner Companies for Global Climate Protection Efforts

EPA has recognized two partners for success in achieving effective strategies for reductions of SF6 and for sharing information on the environmental and economic benefits. Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) and New York Power Authority (NYPA) received the awards at the 2014 Workshop on SF6 Emission Reduction Strategies, held May 6 and 7, 2014, in Long Beach, CA.

A picture of Sally Rand, EPA, with Marvin Landeros, Lorinda Alms, and Mark Slezak from ComEd

Sally Rand, EPA, with Marvin Landeros, Lorinda Alms, and Mark Slezak from ComEd

Organizational and Team Leadership - Commonwealth Edison Company (ComEd) of Chicago, IL
Commonwealth Edison Company, better known as ComEd, is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation which is an electric and gas utility holding company. ComEd is the largest electric power delivery service company in Illinois providing service to more than 3.7 million customers across Northern Illinois. ComEd does not own or operate electric power generation facilities.

ComEd's SF6 emission reduction efforts are led by a team consisting of representatives from the Transmission and Substation Operations (T&S) and Environmental Services departments. The SF6 team is responsible for setting annual program targets and reduction goals for SF6 as part of ComEd's overall corporate environmental goals. The team meets at the beginning of each year to review progress and identify continuous improvement opportunities and then meets throughout the year to track actions and accomplishments. As a result of their enhanced SF6 reduction strategic planning, ComEd has decreased its SF6 leak rate in each of the past ten years. While industry average leak rates (emissions/total nameplate capacity) are 3.8%, ComEd's 2012 leak rate was 0.55% for 2012 and 0.25% for 2013. Joining in 1999, ComEd was one of the founding utilities in the EPA SF6 Emission Reduction Partnership.

A picture of John Kahabka from New York Power Authority with Sally Rand, EPA

John Kahabka from New York Power Authority with Sally Rand, EPA

Excellence in SF6 Inventory and Data Collection Systems- New York Power Authority (NYPA), White Plains, NY
Commonwealth Edison Company, better known as ComEd, is a unit of Chicago-based Exelon Corporation which is an electric and gas utility holding company. ComEd is the largest electric power delivery service company in Illinois providing service to more than 3.7 million customers across Northern Illinois. ComEd does not own or operate electric power generation facilities.

The New York Power Authority is one of New York State's leading suppliers of electricity, operating 16 generating facilities and more than 1,400 circuit-miles of transmission lines. NYPA is state-owned and -operated public power organization and sells electric power to government agencies, community-owned electric systems and rural electric cooperatives, companies, private utilities for resale to their customers, and to neighboring states.

In recognition of the importance of high quality data for use not only in required reporting but in the trending of equipment the New York Power Authority (NYPA) embarked on an effort to design a system to track SF6 information in an easy to use format while providing data reports required for external and internal greenhouse gas reporting programs.

Historically, NYPA used a simple standalone database to track pertinent SF6 data for reporting, while this program served its initial purpose well, there was room for improvement. NYPA tracks tens of thousands of pieces of varying equipment utilizing a central asset management database. This database contained valuable information on all the SF6 assets that the stand alone system did not. The SF6 team soon realized that if they married the two systems together it would be of great benefit on many fronts.

Working over the course of a two year span a cross-discipline team of Scientists, Engineers and IT Database Administrators and Programmers designed and built a new platform that seamlessly joined the two systems together. The new program allows the field users to log data in a simple, easy to use and intuitive way with on-the-fly data validation that ensures accurate data entry. Not only does this system allow quick, easy and accurate data entry it also enables the Environmental and Planning departments to track the leak rates, nameplate capacities, bottle inventories and usage, equipment trending and any other variable it would need to make informed decisions.

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