POWERGRID Project of the Year awards are coming

Gala Awards

Every August I use this column to give you a glimpse of what’s in store for you if you plan to attend DistribuTECH early next year. I also use my August column to remind you that it’s once again time to nominate your outstanding projects for the POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Project of the Year awards.

During these dog days of summer, it might be hard to think about cold days and short nights, but those days will be here before you know it. And, most of us will be ready to spend a few days in warm, sunny San Diego networking with peers, seeing the latest technologies being displayed on DistribuTECH’s exhibit floor and learning about the latest projects and trends in the conference sessions.

I just returned from the DistribuTECH advisory committee meeting where nearly 100 industry experts reviewed abstracts and created the 2017 conference program that will be presented during the three-day event. This year, from more than 750 abstracts, the committee put together 14 tracks and more than 80 conference sessions, including mega-sessions.

We created two new tracks for DistribuTECH 2017—DER, DR and Other Non-wires Alternatives and Microgrids. These two topics attracted a lot of interest and abstracts, so we expect they also will attract a lot of attendees during the conference.

You will be able to see the entire conference program with speakers’ names, paper titles and conference session schedules very soon on the DistribuTECH website.

In addition to the opportunities I’ve already mentioned, DistribuTECH also provides the opportunity for utilities and their partners to be recognized for their outstanding projects. We are currently seeking Project of the Year award nominations in four categories: grid optimization, renewable energy/DER integration, customer engagement and demand response/energy efficiency.

We will recognize the winners live at DistribuTECH's keynote session on Tuesday morning, January 31, 2017. In addition, we’ll feature the winning projects in an article in POWERGRID International’s March 2017 issue. These awards are a great way for you and your co-workers, as well as the other companies involved in the project, to be recognized for your efforts and innovation.

We're now accepting nominations for award winning projects and will continue to do so until September 30. So, you still have plenty of time to enter. You can find links to the nomination forms on the magazine website, www.power-grid.com, as well as DistribuTECH’s website, www.distributech.com. The nomination forms provide information on how to nominate a project, what we editors look for when selecting the winners, and all other important details.

After you've looked at the entry forms, if you have questions or need clarification, please email me at teresah@pennwell.com. In fact, even if you don’t have questions, I would like for you to email me if and when you nominate your project. I look forward to receiving your nominations and learning about the great projects in which you all are involved. 

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