Consumers Energy Employees Earn ‘Top Innovators’ Industry Recognition

Public Utilities Fortnightly, the flagship publication of Public Utilities Reports, Inc., named Consumers Energy’s own Andy Bordine and Holly Bowers to its annual Top 40 Innovators list. Consumers Energy executives nominated the pair among hundreds of nominees at other utilities.

Bordine and Bowers were recognized for bringing something extra to their jobs that exemplify sound engineering and the very best use of technology.

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As Executive Director of Grid Infrastructure, Kettering University alum Andy Bordine is Consumers Energy’s unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) champion. Because of Andy’s visionary leadership, Consumers Energy was among the first utilities to receive a Federal Aviation Administration 333 exemption to enable energy infrastructure inspections using UAVs.

Andy was appointed to Gov. Rick Snyder’s Michigan UAS Task Force to make recommendations on policy for statewide UAV use, and also developed relationships with universities specializing in UAVs. Andy’s innovative mindset will help Consumers Energy use UAVs to improve safety, decrease cost and increase reliability for Consumers Energy and our customers.

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Bowers is Consumers Energy’s executive director of geospatial and gas asset management. A Michigan State University graduate, Bowers has led design and development of an innovative natural gas compressor in Michigan’s Thumb region.

Public Utilities Fortnightly wrote, “Holly Bowers championed the development of a natural gas compressor that solved a low-pressure issue during peak fall usage, (and through) her leadership, Consumers Energy is one of the first utilities to own and operate a natural gas compressor on a distribution system (versus a transmission system).”

Bordine’s and Bowers’ wins are wins for all of Consumers Energy, exemplifying our pursuit of world class performance delivering hometown service. Most importantly, as “Top Innovators,” Andy’s and Holly’s innovations are a win for our customers. That’s because our innovations in the realm of UAVs and natural gas compression make energy delivery safer and more reliable than ever.

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