EPRI recognizes the innovative spirit of two NPPD employees
Columbus, Neb.- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently hosted an awards ceremony at which Alan Dostal, director of research for the Nebraska Public Power District, and Jason Vanek, supervisor of environmental operations and coordination, were recognized for their invaluable contributions to two important projects in 2020.
Dostal and Vanek were two of 19 winners of the EPRI 2020 Power Delivery and Utilization Technology Transfer Awards, for which more than 100 nominees were submitted across the country. An independent, not-for-profit organization, EPRI brings together its scientists and engineers as well as experts from academia and industry to help meet the challenges of electricity, including reliability, efficiency, health, safety and the environment.
Dostal was selected for its work in the field of electric vehicles. EPRI was able to access telematics from its Tesla to further develop its electric vehicle programs around electrification and the sustainable energy strategy. His work enables EPRI to better understand and create strategies that help its partners electrify the nation by accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles and the construction of associated infrastructure.
Vanek was selected for his role in the development of the EPRI CO2 Emission Rate Metric Calculator, which is essential to better understand the characteristics of CO2 emission rates from coal-fired power plants and potential methodologies to establish performance standards under the Affordable Clean Energy Rule. Vanek was instrumental in helping the team implement statistical approaches and create a highly functional and usable tool using data from NPPD coal units.
“The NPPD truly appreciates that EPRI is looking for economy-wide solutions for decarbonization, grid modernization, electrification and how to increase the value of the products and services we provide to NPPD to better serve consumers. Nebraskans and improve their quality of life, ”said NPPD Chairman and CEO Tom Kent. “Alan is a leader in the adoption of new technologies, and he was instrumental in the work of the NPPD within the Nebraska Center for Energy Sciences at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, alongside his work to propel the adoption of EVs. Meanwhile, as we continue to learn more about emissions rate calculations and how best to track, measure and talk to our customers about our emissions rates and where we are heading, Jason is our expert – he’s always a part of those conversations. “
“These awards recognize leaders and innovators in the country, and Jason and Alan have been part of the global collaboration to bring these projects across the finish line,” said Robert Chapman, senior vice president of delivery. energy and EPRI customer solutions.