Current Announces 2018 GE Edison Award Winners

CHICAGO - May 16, 2018 – Current announced the winners of the 2018 GE Edison Awards last week at LIGHTFAIR in Chicago. The awards, which were first given in 1983, were updated this year to celebrate the commercial lighting industry’s evolution toward connected lighting and intelligent environments.


Hosted at The Old Chicago Illuminating Company, this year’s event kicked-off with a launch party for Current’s new Daintree EZ Connect. The room-based wireless lighting control solution is designed to simplify commissioning using a mobile phone application. Current also celebrated the Daintree EZ Connect as the industry’s first room-based solution that can seamlessly upgrade to an enterprise application such as Daintree Enterprise. The Daintree launch was part of several new Current products featured at LIGHTFAIR.


“The Daintree EZ Connect product launch is a perfect pairing with our new GE Edison Awards,” said Bruce Stewart, Current Chief Marketing Officer. “In both cases we are celebrating the rapid evolution of our industry and the need to be flexible and forward thinking.”


Stewart announced the following 2018 GE Edison Award recipients:


City of San Diego wins Innovative Exterior Lighting Solutions Award Current Edison AwardsInnovative Exterior Lighting Solutions Award: The City of San Diego

Presented to Lorie Cosio-Azar, San Diego Program Manager, Energy & Sustainability Division; and Del Sol Resources


In recognition for the deployment of the largest city-based deployment of an IoT platform in the world. 




Retro-Tech wins Innovative Interior Lighting Solutions Award Current Edison AwardsInnovative Interior Lighting Solutions Award: Retro-Tech Systems (RTS)

Presented to RTS’s Kurt Minko, President and CEO; Andy Perry, Regional Sales Manager; and Alan Ernstoff, Project Information Manager


In recognition for the Georgia World Congress Center Authority project -- a mobile app enabled system to monitor and adjust lighting and HVAC 24/7 for the largest LEED certified convention center in the world.



Walmart wins leadership in energy efficiency award at Current Edison AwardsLeadership in Energy Efficiency Award: Walmart, Inc.

Presented to Walmart’s John Wilhelm, Director, Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency; Ben Cole, Sr. Sourcing Manager; Bob Stone, New Technology Development; Sandesh Rallapalli, Sr. Manager, Renewable Power & Energy Efficiency Program Management; Mike Lundholm, Program Manager for New Stores, Remodels and Special Projects


In recognition for over a decade of energy efficiency innovation in signage, refrigeration, parking lots and store interiors -- culminating in LED as a global standard. 


Fiat Chrysler wins leadership in Sustainability award Current Edison AwardsLeadership in Sustainability Award: Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA)

Presented to FCA’s Kevin Dunbar, Corporate Energy Group Supervisor, and Krista Rich, Dealer Facilities & Interior Branding Manager


In recognition for leadership in sustainability across manufacturing plants and dealerships that reduces energy while providing controls flexibility for each environment.



Digital Technology Energy Leadership Award: JP Morgan Chase & Company

Presented to Mike Norton, JP Morgan Chase Managing Director, Real Estate (not present for awards)

In recognition for industry leadership implementing a digital technology platform to reduce electricity, gas and water consumption across 4,500 Chase branches.


“We are proud to recognize companies and cities that are leading the way by example and paving the way for our future,” Stewart explained. “Congratulations to our 2018 GE Edison Award winners.”


About Current: Current is the digital engine for intelligent environments. A first-of-its-kind startup within the walls of GE (NYSE: GE), Current blends advanced LED technology with networked sensors and software to make commercial buildings, retail stores, industrial facilities and cities more energy efficient & productive. Backed by a broad ecosystem of technology partners, Current is helping businesses and cities unlock hidden value and realize the potential of their environments.


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