POWERGRID International names Projects of the Year Award winners

The editors of POWERGRID International magazine —the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition—and parent company PennWell Corp. on January 27 announced winners of the magazine's annual electric utility Projects of the Year.

POWERGRID International Editor in Chief Teresa Hansen announced the four winners live Monday, January 27 during the Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International Awards Dinner in San Antonio. The event kicked off the electric power industry’s No. 1 transmission and distribution show in North America, DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, and its sister show, the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference.


“This is the first year we’ve announced the Projects of the Year winners live from the awards dinner instead of during the DistribuTECH keynote address, but tickets sold out,” Hansen said. “That tells us there is enormous interest in what North America’s best utilities are doing right, and people in the industry want a place to meet the people responsible for the success. The night before DistribuTECH opens is the perfect fit.”

Hansen presented Pepco Holdings Inc. with the 2014 Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Project of the Year award for its Energy Wise Rewards program. The utility based in Washington, D.C., expressed special thanks to energy management provider Comverge Inc. for its contributions on the project.

New York City-based Consolidated Edison Inc. took first place in the Customer Engagement Project of the Year category for its coolNYC Program and mentioned work done by green technology company ThinkEco Inc.

Florida Power & Light Co. was named the Renewable Energy Integration Project of the Year for its Anti-Islanding Today, Successful Islanding in the Future for Distributed Generation program. The utility gave special thanks to electric power systems provider SEL.

Florida Power & Light Co. won again in the Smart Grid Project of the Year category for its Reaping the Benefits of the Smart Grid program and named vendors General Electric, Honeywell and Silver Spring Networks as helpful contributors.

Electric Light & Power magazine also honored its award winners. Hansen presented the Small Utility CEO of the Year award to Valley Electric Association CEO Thomas H. Husted and the Large Utility CEO of the Year award to Sacramento Municipal Utility District General Manager and CEO John Di Stasio.

The evening concluded with Hansen’s presentation of the 2013 Electric Light & Power Utility of the Year award to PPL Corp. Chairman, President and CEO William H. Spence.

An article about the Projects of the Year will appear in the April issue of POWERGRID International magazine.

For more information on POWERGRID International's Projects of the Year Awards, POWERGRID International magazine, DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, and the Electric Light & Power Executive Conference, visit www.power-grid.com, www.distributech.com and www.elpconference.com.

About POWERGRID International

POWERGRID International magazine, the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, celebrates its 19th year as the voice of the electric T&D industry in 2014. More than 40,000 T&D professionals read POWERGRID International magazine for expert coverage of the industry's important news and emerging trends.

About PennWell

PennWell, the Tulsa, Okla.,-based parent company of Electric Light & Power (http://www.elp.com) magazine and POWERGRID International (http://www.power-grid.com) magazine, has been known for providing comprehensive coverage of several strategic markets since 1910. Today PennWell Corp. is a highly diversified, business-to-business media and information company with 320 profit centers, including 130 print and online magazines and newsletters, 60 conferences and exhibitions on six continents, and an extensive offering of books, maps, websites, research products, digital media and database services.


If you’d like more information, please call Senior Editor Kristen Wright at 918-640-6781 or email Kristen at kristenw@pennwell.com.

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