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Pennsylvania Power and Light (PPL Utilities) has been named by Smart Energy Power Alliance (SEPA) as the 2019 Investor-Owned Utility of the Year.

PPL Utilities has been named ‘utility of the year’ for developing an advanced distributed and renewable energy management system.

The system is enabling PPL Utilities to optimise management of its distributed resources to enhance grid power quality as well as accelerate the integration of solar and other distributed resources with the main grid.

The system leverages distributed resources to counteract some of the negative impacts that DER can have in high penetrations. Those impacts can include high line voltage or over-operation of capacitor banks.

PPL Utilities developed the system as part of efforts to prepare for the future.

Greg Dudkin, president at PPL Utilities, said: "The utility industry is undergoing a period of transition and change. As a company, we're investing in digital and physical technologies to prepare for a future that embraces distributed, digitally enhanced and carbon-neutral technologies.

"Being recognised by SEPA is indeed an honor, but also a testament to the foresight and innovation exhibited by so many at PPL who are intent on blazing new trails to better serve the evolving needs of our customers."

Julia Hamm, CEO at SEPA, added: "Now in their 11th year, the SEPA Power Player Awards received a record-breaking number of submissions, showing once again how the industry as a whole is working together to create meaningful and successful solutions to power our future.

"From innovative platforms bringing smart homes to life, to unique partnerships implementing utility-DER customer interaction, these individuals and organizations are truly paving the way to clean and modern."