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2018 Project of the Year Awards



By submitting this nomination, I understand that if my project is selected, I will be required to provide high resolution images or b-roll video to PennWell Corp. to be used in video presentation during awards ceremony. In addition, I understand that a representative of the winning utility/energy provider will attend DistribuTECH's keynote session on Jan. 23, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, to recieve the award.


Winners will be notified the week of October 16.  Awards will be presented to each winner on Monday, Jan. 23, 2018 in San Antonio, Texas, during DistribuTECH's keynote session. Winners also will be recognized in a 2018 issue of POWERGRID International.



Judges will select one utility winner in each of four categories:

  • Grid Optimization
  • Customer Engagement


  • Demand Response / Energy Efficiency
  • DER Grid Integration

Projects will be judged on five specific criteria:

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



All companies involved in the delivery 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 Aug. 1, 2016, and Aug. 1, 2017.



Winning entries will work with a POWERGRID International editor to develop the article and award video between Oct. 16, 2017, and the DistribuTECH keynote session on Jan. 23, 2018. High-resolution photos/graphics (up to 10) and additional project details will be required.



Email Rod Walton at rwalton@pennwell.com