POWERGRID International names Project of the Year Award winners

The editors of POWERGRID International magazine–the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition–and PennWell Corp. have announced the four winners for the 2017 Projects of the Year awards.

The POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH award-winning projects honor utilities and contracting vendors from across the country. The utilities include Indianapolis Power & Light, Commonwealth Edison, CPS Energy and Arizona Public Service.

POWERGRID International Editor in Chief Teresa Hansen announced the winners live Tuesday, Jan. 31 during the DistribuTECH 2017 keynote address at the San Diego Convention Center. The keynote kicks off one the electric power industry’s largest annual transmission and distribution shows.

“These were some hard choices, considering projects submitted from around the world, but we believe we’ve made the right picks,” Hansen said. “These winners include innovative efforts in grid optimization, renewable grid integration, customer engagement and demand response/energy efficiency.”

The 2017 Project of the Year award winner for Customer Engagement is Chicago-based ComEd‘s AMI Outage Reporting Channel Integration. ComEd’s effort sought to help customers quickly determine the cause of outages on blue sky days. Contractors included Accenture, Olenick & Associates and Silver Spring Networks.

Indianapolis Power & Light is the 2017 Project of the Year award winner for Grid Optimization with its IPL Advancion Energy Storage Array. The 20-MW grid-scale, battery-based energy storage system, housed in Indianapolis and using 244 Advancion nodes and software, offers frequency control and regulation automatically without the need for dispatch or human intervention.

The Demand Response/Energy Efficiency Project of the Year award winner is CPS Energy for its Demand Response Management System. San Antonio-based CPS rolled out its first phase in March 2016, managing the utility’s combined DR portfolio totaling 165 MW on a single platform and achieving an average load shed of 60 MW per event. Contractors included AutoGrid Systems and Black & Veatch.

Arizona Public Service won the 2017 Project of the Year for Renewables Integration with its APS Solar Partner Program. The $30 million, utility-owned residential rooftop solar project involves about 1,600 homes with 10 MW of total installed capacity and will help study the effects of solar on peak load, inverters and energy storage. Contractors on the APS Solar Partner Program include Siemens, SMA-America, SolarEdge and Landis + Gyr Technology.

A more detailed article about the 2017 POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH Projects of the Year will be featured in the March issue of the 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 our websites: power-grid.com, distributech.com and elp.com.

About POWERGRID International

POWERGRID International magazine, the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, celebrates its 22nd year as the voice of the electric T&D industry in 2017. 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, Oklahoma-based parent company of POWERGRID International (power-grid.com) magazine and Electric Light & Power Executive Digest (elp.com) , 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 more than 300 profit centers, including more than 120 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.

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