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UAI Honors Utility Analytics Teams, Leaders, and Professionals with 2020 Excellence Awards

Excellence Awards Celebrated this Week at UA Week


UAI, the only organization dedicated to enabling utility transformation through analytics, in collaboration with the founding award partner, Bidgely, announced the winners of the first annual UAI Excellence Awards during UA Week 2020. UAI honors the best in the utility analytics profession, recognizing the individuals, teams, and organizations that have achieved and maintained excellence through innovation.


The 2020 UAI Excellence Award Winners are:

Best Innovative Utility Analytics Team
SoCalGas, Performance Mgmt & Org Strategy Team

Best Utility Analytics Leader
Christine Wisniewski, Executive Director Analytics & Systems – Consumers Energy

Best Utility Analytics Professional
Ioannis Katsanos, Manager, Data Science – Exelon

Analytics Ambassador Award
Amelia Badders, Director, Enterprise Advanced Analytics – CPS Energy

Community Engagement Awards
• Community Engagement Award – Most Engaged Individual Member: Travis Metcalfe, Strategy, Innovation, and Engagement Manager – Tacoma Power
• Community Engagement Award – Most Engaged Utility Member: Evergy


Top 25 Thought Leaders in Utility Analytics

UAI also unveils the Top 25 Thought Leaders in Utility Analytics during UA Week. This program celebrates utility analytics champions, those individuals who are the most active in the community and share their insights for the benefit of all. To see the full list of the UAI Top 25 Thought Leaders in Utility Analytics, please visit:

“We’d like to congratulate all of the 2020 UAI Excellence Award winners for their impressive contributions to this industry,” said Leslie Cook, Membership & Engagement Manager, UAI. “Each winner was selected from a pool of talented individuals, teams and organizations and should be proud of this well-deserved recognition.”

“This year’s inaugural group of UAI winners represent the leaders of utility transformation who have not only recognized the value of smart meter data but taken strategic initiatives to convert it into actionable intelligence,” said Abhay Gupta, CEO of Bidgely. “As technologies continue to advance, AI-powered analytics will become essential for utility resilience, and these companies are well prepared to lead the charge.”

UAI’s Excellence Awards, celebrated during UA Week, showcase individuals, teams and organizations that have excelled at utility analytics. To learn more about UAI’s award program, visit Watch for UAI’s “Call for Nominations” for the 2021 UAI Excellence Awards in January 2021.


About UAI

UAI is the only community enabling utility transformation through analytics. UAI is a utility-led membership organization that provides support to the energy utilities industry to advance the analytics profession and utility organizations of all types and maturity levels, as well as analytics professionals throughout every phase of their career. UAI is poised at the cusp of digital transformation to lead this industry into the future. UAI is your conduit of connection and collaboration between utility analytics professionals and solution provider partners. UAI is the authority on utility analytics, providing you with the knowledge, resources, and guidance to improve your analytics capabilities through delivery of research and content. UAI offers unmatched member experiences – events, community meetings, and more – that deliver transformative education and insights into analytics through shared best practices, uses cases, and valuable lessons learned. Learn more at


More Information About Our Founding Award Partner, Bidgely

Bidgely is an AI-powered SaaS Company that enables utilities to create greater business value and accelerate our path towards zero carbon by delivering personalized customer experience. Powered by our unique patented technology, Bidgely’s UtilityAI™ Platform transforms multiple dimensions of customer data – such as energy consumption, demographic, and interactions – into deeply accurate and actionable consumer energy insights. We leverage these insights to empower each customer with personalized recommendations, tailored to their individual personality and lifestyle, usage attributes, behavioral patterns, purchase propensity, and beyond. From smart thermostats to EV chargers, solar PVs or personalized / ToU tariffs, UtilityAI™ recommends new value-added products and services to the right customer at the right time. With roots in Silicon Valley, Bidgely has over 15 energy patents, $50M+ in funding, retains 30+ data scientists, and brings a passion for AI to utilities serving residential customers around the world. For more information, please visit or the Bidgely blog at