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MRO Announces Annual HERO Award Recipient

Tony Eddleman, NPPD Director of NERC Reliability Compliance

Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) announced today that Tony Eddleman, Nebraska Public Power District’s Director of NERC Reliability Compliance, is the recipient of this year’s HERO Award. Eddleman was recognized at MRO’s Annual Member and Board Meeting for his exemplary initiative and commitment to advancing the concept and principles of Highly Effective Reliability Organizations (HEROs) throughout the MRO region and in support of MROs vision and mission.

The HERO Award is part of MRO’s Volunteer Recognition Program to acknowledge industry volunteers for their hard work, dedication and contributions to the success of MRO.

Eddleman was selected from several very qualified candidates that were nominated by industry in August. The board’s Organizational Group Oversight Committee (OGOC) that oversees the Volunteer Recognition Program selected Eddleman for his leadership across North America regarding mitigation of supply chain security risks. A current member of MRO’s Security Advisory Council, Tony has been a long supporter of MRO’s mission and has served on a number of MRO organizational groups going back over 10 years. He is also very active at Southwest Power Pool, North American Transmission Forum, and North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), where he chairs the NERC Supply Chain Working Group.

OGOC Chair Paul Crist from Lincoln Electric System said, “Tony was nominated for this award by a number of different individuals, indicating to us that he is well respected by his peers. His knowledge, experience and high level of engagement on MRO’s Security Advisory Council have been invaluable to MRO and the entire region as we work to address security risk. Please join us in congratulating him on this important achievement.”

Eddleman also received the Electricity Information Sharing and Analysis Center’s (E-ISAC) Electricity Security Service Award in honor of Michael J. Assante in October. Having received two such awards in one year speaks to his tremendous commitment to the industry and our shared vision of a highly reliable and secure North American bulk power system.


Midwest Reliability Organization (MRO) is a non-profit organization dedicated to ensuring the reliability and security of the bulk power system in the central region of North America, including parts of both the United States and Canada. MRO is one of six regional entities in North America operating under authority from regulators in the United States through a delegation agreement with the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC) and in Canada under similar arrangements. The primary focus of MRO is developing and ensuring compliance with reliability standards and assessing the grid’s ability to meet the demands for electricity.