David Wade of EPB honored with 2016 Galvin Award

Published on: 
2 Nov 2016
Author: 
Amanda Sawit

David Wade, president and CEO of the Electric Power Board of Chattanooga (EPB), received the second annual Galvin Award during the Leadership Luncheon at Greenbuild 2016 in Los Angeles. The award honors the legacy of former Motorola CEO Bob Galvin, who founded the Galvin Electricity Initiative to drive innovation and transform the electrical power industry.

Under Wade’s leadership, EPB, an agency of the City of Chattanooga, Tennessee, has used its communitywide fiber optic network to deploy the most advanced smart grid power management system in the country and has become the first major power distributor to earn PEER certification.

Today, EPB is one of the largest publicly owned providers of electricity in the country, serving more than 169,000 residents in a 600-square-mile area that includes greater Chattanooga, as well as parts of other surrounding counties and areas of North Georgia. Wade, who began his career with EPB as a ground worker, rose through the ranks and most recently served at the COO of the utility before being confirmed president and CEO earlier this year.

Bob Galvin, son of Motorola founder Paul Galvin, was the CEO of Motorola from 1959 to 1986. Galvin’s legacy is defined by his commitment to transform the electricity market, shifting from largely bulk grid technology to localized solutions. In 2009, the Perfect Power Institute, an outgrowth of the Galvin Electricity Initiative, was formed to build a sustainable design and rating system for energy. In seeking to invent a nearly fail-proof system to produce, distribute and transport energy, the Perfect Power Institute aimed to replicate the types of standards USGBC used when it launched LEED.

PEER, launched in 2013, is a road map for power generation that is much more environmentally sensitive, profitable and resilient. It has been independently administered by GBCI since 2014.