Two TVA Scientists Recognized for Pollinator Documentary

Hoyle and Fisher win pollinator award

Holly Hoyle (left) and Suzanne Fisher (right) with their EPRI award for the film, Power for Pollinators.

Suzanne Fisher and Holly Hoyle were recently honored with the 2021 Technology Transfer Award for the documentary film, Power for Pollinators. The award was presented by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) .

Fisher and Hoyle were selected for their collaboration in the creation of the documentary, which showcases the commitment and effort of North American electric power companies to conserve pollinator species and habitats. Fisher, a senior program manager, and Hoyle, a senior specialist, along with several Power in Pollinators colleagues, were chosen by the EPRI Power Delivery & Utilization Sector staff.

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“This film showcases the commitment and effort of North American electric power companies to conserve pollinator species and habitats using right-of-way corridors and buffer zones which are uniquely positioned to create large pollinator highways,” said Fisher.

Fisher views the documentary’s numerous awards as a catalyst. “These awards will ensure increased visibility, helping demonstrate to a larger viewing audience that power producers could be a large part of the solution to pollinator habitat loss,” she added. “It is a topic whose time has come.”

Hoyle agrees, noting that the film “beautifully relates pollinator conservation with overall biodiversity goals, which is relevant and timely to TVA.” In 2021, the TVA Board of Directors approved a TVA-level Biodiversity Policy. “We are actively working to develop a framework to implement the Policy across TVA,” she said.

In addition to electric companies and solar developers, EPRI engages federal agencies, universities, and research organizations to ensure the work of the group is relevant, robust, and impactful.

Watch the Film & Attend a Party

To view the acclaimed documentary, Power for Pollinators, visit EPRI’s website.

While there, you can also register for a free Pollinator Power Party to increase your understanding and appreciation of pollinators.