Help Your Project Get the Recognition it Deserves

TERESA HANSEN   Editor in chief

Late summer often is referred to as the dog days of summer, a time when many people slow down and await the first signs of fall and cool weather to reinvigorate them. At POWERGRID International, however, the pace picks up during the dog days of summer. It means that as the editors of the official publication of DistribuTECH Conference & Exhibition, we at POWERGRID International are finalizing the conference program, working on the preconference brochure—look for it to hit your desks in the next few weeks—and beginning to review the POWERGRID International Projects of Year entries. The winning projects will be highlighted at DistribuTECH’s keynote session and in the magazine.

We announced the Projects of the Year winners live from the Electric Light & Power and POWERGRID International Annual Awards Dinner instead of during DistribuTECH’s keynote address for the first time in 2014. The dinner was held Monday evening before DistribuTECH kicked off Tuesday morning. We sold out of awards dinner tickets, signaling 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. We’ll host the awards dinner again in 2015.

The Projects of the Year are a great tradition for POWERGRID International and DistribuTECH, but only because of people like you. Many of our readers are involved in noteworthy projects that deserve awards. We rely on you to tell us about those projects by way of the official entry form. Think about the utility projects on which you’ve worked during the past year and consider entering them for one of our annual awards. We will select projects in four categories: smart grid; customer engagement; demand response and energy efficiency; and renewable and DER grid integration.

In addition, we’re accepting Utility CEO of the Year nominations for Electric Light & Power, POWERGRID International’s sister publication. We accept nominations for small-utility CEO (fewer than 400,000 customers) and large utility CEO (400,000 customers or more). If you know of a utility CEO who is worthy of recognition, please nominate him or her.

You can find information on how to nominate a project or CEO, what we editors look for when selecting the winners, and all other important details on our website, You’ll see links to the entry forms for the Projects of the Year and CEOs of the Year near the top of the page.

After you’ve looked at the entry forms, if you have questions or need clarification, please email me at

I look forward to receiving many nominations and learning about all the great projects’ being implemented in North America.

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