We are proud to announce that American Electric Power (AEP) received Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI’s) 2013 Edison Award for the completion and recent launch of the John W. Turk, Jr. Power Plant in Arkansas. The most prestigious honor in the electric power industry, the award recognizes the use of innovative technology that allows the plant to operate at high efficiency and meet “21st-century electricity needs” says EEI President Tom Kuhn.
The plant, which began commercial production in December 2012, serves as a principal source of baseload electricity for the three-state operating region of Louisiana, Arkanasa and Texas, the release reported. The plant is known for deploying ultra-supercritical generating technology and is the first of its kind. “Turk will provide reliable, affordable power for our customers and project partners and will provide significant benefits for the area’s economy,” according to Nicholas K. Akins, AEP President and CEO and previously reported by ACCCE.
According to the release, this is not the first time American Electric Power has had the honor of receiving the Edison Award. The organization was recognized twice in the 1950s and once again in the 1990s for their use of innovative technologies and commitment to environmentally responsible practices.