DEADLINE EXTENDED: September 30, 2013

POWERGRID International magazine's annual projects of the year awards are distributed to the best projects in four categories:

  • Smart Grid
  • Customer Engagement
  • Demand Response / Energy Efficiency
  • Renewable Grid Integration

Each year, the judges select winners based  on five specific criteria:

  • Ingenuity
  • Scope
  • Practicality
  • Vision
  • Follow-through

Any interested party may submit an entry for consideration by Sep. 30, 2013.

  • Entries should be submitted in one of the four following categories:

            o        Smart Grid Project of the Year

            o        Customer Engagement Project of the Year

            o        Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Project of the Year

            o        Renewable Grid Integration Project of the Year

  • One award-winning utility company will be named in each category.
  • All companies involved in transmission and/or distribution of electric power are eligible, including investor-owned utilities, federal power agencies, municipal utilities and rural electric cooperatives. Also eligible are RTOs, ISOs, Independent Transmission Companies, and other T&D-owning/operating entities.
  • Project/implementation (or significant phases of a phased rollout) must have been completed between Dec. 1, 2012, and Dec. 1, 2013.
  • Submit an entry form along with a description of the project/implementation (1,000 words maximum). Project description must include history of the project, project details, major participants (customer, vendor, consultants, etc.), and reasons the project/implementation should be considered for Project of the Year. Include significant dates (contract signing, project start, project completion/go-live date) in the project description.
  • Entry form must be filled out in its entirety.
  • All projects will be judged based on size/scope of project; level of innovation used; benefit to the utility, its customers and the power industry as a whole; and clarity of the written project description.
  • Award winners will be recognized in a 2014 issue of POWERGRID International magazine and during the POWERGRID International and Electric Light & Power magazines award banquet at DistribuTECH 2014 in San Antonio, Jan. 27, 2014.
  • Winning entries will work with a POWERGRID International editor to develop the article and award video between the closing Sep. 16, 2013, and the POWERGRID International and Electric Light & Power magazines award banquet on the evening of Jan. 27, 2014. High-resolution photos/graphics/artwork (up to 10) and additional details on the project will be required.
  • For questions, contact Jennifer VanBurkleo at jvanburkleo@pennwell.com