Tollgrade® Named 2015 UK Energy Innovation Award Finalist

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Tollgrade LightHouse® platform recognized in “Best Smart Grid Innovation” category by distinguished panel of judges

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Receiving this recognition is a testament to the importance and significant impact of these projects

Tollgrade Communications, Inc., the industry leader in redefining the global standard for reliability at the world’s largest electric utilities and telecommunications providers, announced today that it was named a finalist in the 2015 UK Energy Innovation Awards for “Best Smart Grid Innovation.” The shortlist was released by the Energy Innovation Centre (EIC) earlier this month and winners will be awarded during a ceremony in Manchester on April 30, 2015.

“We are honored to be named a finalist in our first year of competing in the UK Energy Innovation Awards,” said Edward H. Kennedy, President and CEO, Tollgrade Communications. “We are rapidly expanding our footprint through a number of smart grid projects that have the potential to touch over 10 million residents in the UK. Receiving this recognition is a testament to the importance and significant impact of these projects.”

“The volume and quality of award entries we receive are always good indicators of how well the energy sector is keeping up with the pace of innovation and this year has been particularly encouraging,” said Denise Massey, Managing Director at the Energy Innovation Centre. “I’ve been struck by the number of ideas and technologies being developed within both the national and global SME communities, and also by the contribution of the energy companies and Ofgem in the growth of these SMEs at a time when there is little alternative investment available to them.”

With an exceptionally high number of entries in each of this year’s extended list of 14 categories, entry figures overall are up 43% on 2014. The shortlist includes over 62 innovative technologies, projects and firms from across the electricity, gas and offshore renewables sectors.

Senior level industry leaders met to judge the submissions this year. The judges included:

  • Mark Horsley, CEO of Northern Gas Networks
  • John Morea, CEO of Scotia Gas Networks plc
  • Denise Massey, Managing Director at the Energy Innovation Centre
  • James Stacey, Head of Sustainability at Earth Capital Partners
  • Nick Smailes, Lead Technologist at Energy Systems, Innovate UK
  • Steve Edwards, Head of Regulation at Wales & West Utilities Ltd

To learn more about these awards, visit UK Energy Innovation Centre website.

About Tollgrade
With more than 200 million lines under test, millions of utility outage minutes avoided annually and 25 years of experience successfully locating faults at the world’s largest electric utility companies and telecommunication service providers, Tollgrade is redefining the global standard for reliability. Our award-winning fault detection hardware and predictive analytics software is deployed on four continents to help operators avoid network outages and reduce customer downtime. Tollgrade has been recognized as one of the Top 13 Smart Grid Companies to Watch in 2013 by SmartGrid News, and received Fierce Energy awards in “Substation Automation and Distribution Automation” and “Asset Management.” Tollgrade was named the Smart Grid Sensor market share leader in North America by IHS Research, and has been recognized as a Platt’s Global Energy Awards finalist in 2013 and 2014. To learn more about Tollgrade, visit or read more about the benefits of grid modernization on our blog.

Tollgrade Media Contacts:
Kimberly Getgen
Vice President, Corporate Marketing
Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
+1 703-408-1571 (mobile)

Anne-Laure Leroyer
Marketing Communications Manager
Tollgrade Communications, Inc.
+1 202-701-0083 (mobile)

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