HOUSTON, Feb. 22, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- For over four decades, POWER magazine has honored the top performers in the electricity-generating industry with annual power plant awards. This year it adds a new award, the Smart Grid Award, in recognition of the role that smart grid technologies are beginning to play throughout the power value chain—from supply to demand.
The POWER Smart Grid Award will recognize an outstanding smart grid project, anywhere in the world, that demonstrates the benefits of new data-rich technologies to power generators, transmitters, and users.
Specifically, the editors are looking for nominations of projects that are:
- Upstream of smart meters and home energy management or automation devices.
- Clearly "smart"—that integrate information and communications technology-assisted components that represent more than maintenance-level improvement.
- Setting a new standard for quality and results. Being the "first" or "largest" or "cheapest" of a given type of project will be noted but will not be the weightiest criterion. Whether large or small, the winning project will need to demonstrate achievement in technology and service that is worthy of being considered a best practice.
- Able to demonstrate material results from at least six months of operation prior to the nomination deadline. For example, the winner will need to specify costs saved by end users, outages averted that would not previously have been avoided, dispatchable or controllable small-scale distributed generation resources added to the grid in such a way that they strengthen the grid rather than destabilize it, or some other metric(s) that illustrate the substantive benefits enjoyed by one or (preferably) more grid stakeholders.
The winner will be selected by the editors of POWER, and the winning project will be profiled in the August issue of POWER.
Other POWER award categories are Plant of the Year, Marmaduke Award, and Top Plants (gas, coal, nuclear, and renewables).
The deadline for nominations in all categories is May 23, 2011. Submission forms, criteria, and past winners are all available on the magazine's home page, www.powermag.com, under "Also from POWER Magazine."
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