You and Your Team Deserve Recognition for Your Hard Work

Editor in chief


Before I start on the main topic of this editor’s letter, I want to confess that it’s going to sound a lot like the letter I wrote in last August’s issue. That’s because, like this time last year, I just returned from the DistribuTECH conference planning meeting where the committee created more than 70 conference sessions across 14 track topics ranging from distribution automation to communications solutions to energy storage and other distributed energy resources. The range and breadth of the 2016 conference will be huge and diverse.

One thing all the tracks and sessions have in common, however, is that most of the papers’ authors and presenters work for utilities and are anxious to talk about their companies’ latest projects and initiatives.

Because so many of DistribuTECH’s presenters represent utilities, I know that many utilities are reaping the benefits of their recently deployed projects and initiatives. Certainly, talking about these projects in one of DistribuTECH’s many conference sessions is a great way to ensure recognition for a utility and project, but it’s not the only way.

A few projects will be recognized in an even bigger way at DistribuTECH. It is our tradition to select eight projects (two in each of four categories) as finalist for POWERGRID International’s Projects of the Year awards. The categories are smart grid project, renewable energy/DER integration project, customer engagement project and best demand response/energy efficiency project.

We announce the winners live at the DistribuTECH Annual Awards Dinner, which will be held Monday evening, Feb. 8, 2016-the night before DistribuTECH kicks off. The winning projects also will be highlighted at DistribuTECH’s keynote session and in a feature article in the magazine.

We’re now accepting nominations for award winning projects in the four categories I mentioned. In addition, we’re accepting Utility CEO of the Year nominations for Electric Light & Power magazine, POWERGRID International’s sister publication. Wouldn’t those of you who work for a utility love to see your CEO honored with this prestigious award? If so, 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 all the awards just under the video player on the home page.

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

DistibuTECH’s conference sessions are a great place for utility employees to tout their accomplishments, but they aren’t the only place. I encourage you to nominate that utility project on which you’ve worked so hard-the one that is paying off big for your utility. I look forward to receiving your nomination.

Teresa Hansen



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