2020 Innovation Awards

Award Categories
Eligibility
Deadline
Judging
Criteria
Benefits of Entering
No Fees
Awards Presentation
Submit a Nomination
Sponsorship Opportunities

 

The Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Awards recognize exemplary use and implementation of innovative technologies and progressive practices among large electric power users (customers), their suppliers and utilities that reflect new approaches to energy procurement and management.

Now in our third year, the awards are designed to recognize outstanding work taking place in support of the dramatic transformation taking place in today's electric power markets. As we believe innovation is driven by effective collaboration between customers, suppliers, and utilities, the Innovation Awards will be presented in two categories:

  • Customer Project Awards will be presented to large electric power users that are using innovative strategies and methods to transform the way they procure and manage energy. Nominations may be submitted by large electric power users (customers) on their own behalf or by suppliers on behalf of a large electric power user (customer) with the customer's permission. The award will be presented to the customer.
  • Utility Partnership Awards will be presented to utilities that are doing a superior job of establishing policies and programs that support or enable the efforts of their large electric power customers to make smarter energy sourcing and management decisions. Nominations may be submitted by utilities on their own behalf or by large electric power customers on behalf of a utility with the utility's permission. The award will be presented to the utility.

The Innovation Awards will be presented at an awards dinner capping off the 2020 Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit on Mar. 11, 2020. 

Award Categories

Smart Energy Decisions will present Innovation Awards in the following categories:

Customer Project Awards – six awards

Presented to large electric power users (customers): Nominations may be submitted by large electric power users (customers) on their own behalf or by suppliers on behalf of a large electric power user (customer) with the customer's permission. The award will be presented to the utility.

The awards include:

Energy efficiency technology (lighting, HVAC, etc.): An individual energy efficiency project installed by a large electric power user (customer) that leverages a technology or solution to reduce energy demand.

Energy data management (EMIS, BMIS, etc.): Implementation of a building/plant system by a large electric power user (customer) to monitor, manage and reduce energy demand.

Onsite renewable energy: Onsite behind the meter implementation by a large electric power user (customer) of any form of renewable energy.

Offsite renewable energy: An offsite renewable energy project by a large electric power user (customer).

Energy storage & microgrids: Implementation of an onsite energy storage or microgrid project by a large electric power user (customer).

EV charging infrastructure: Deployment of EV charging stations by a large electric power user (customer).

 

Utility Partnership Awards – six awards

Presented to utilities that are doing a superior job of establishing policies and programs that enable and/or support the efforts of their large electric power customers. Nominations may be submitted by utilities on their own behalf or by large electric power customers on behalf of a utility with the utility's permission. The award will be presented to the utility.

 The awards include:

Enabling customer onsite renewable energy:  A utility program or direct action that enables and/or supports large electric power customers’ onsite renewable energy projects of any kind.

Enabling customer offsite renewable energy: Programs that enable, or direct action in support of, large electric power customer offsite renewable energy projects of any kind.

Enabling customer deployment of energy storage & microgrids: Programs that enable, or direct action in support of, large electric power customers’ onsite energy storage or microgrid project.

Enabling customer EV charging infrastructure: Programs that enable, or direct action in support of, large electric power customers’ onsite EV charging programs.

Green tariff program: Implementation of a green tariff program enabling large electric power customers to procure renewable energy directly from the utility.

Energy efficiency incentives: Programs and incentives that provide large electric power customers financial incentives to implement energy efficiency technology or programs in their facilities.

Eligibility

  1. Projects and programs in service prior to September 30, 2019, are eligible for awards.
  2. Customer Project Award nominations may be submitted by large electric power users (customers) on their own behalf or by suppliers on behalf of a customer with the customer’s permission. The award will be presented to the customer.
  3. Utility Partnership Award nominations may be submitted by utilities on their own behalf or by large electric power users (customers) on behalf of a utility with the utility’s permission. The award will be presented to the utility.
  4. You may submit only one nomination per award.
  5. Nominations for a project or program may be submitted for multiple awards with a separate nomination submitted for each award.
  6. By submitting a nomination, you agree that submitted materials become the property of SED and that materials can be publicized by SED.

Deadline

Nominations must be submitted by November 8, 2019. You may edit or change any nomination you submit prior to this deadline.

Judging

A panel of experts with extensive industry experience will be judging the award nominations.

Criteria

The judges will be evaluating nominations in each of the following areas:

  1. Objectives of the project or program.
  2. How the project or program was executed.
  3. Innovation.
  4. Results of the project or program against the objective.

Benefits of Entering

Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Award winners will benefit from the following:

  1. Promotion of their award in Smart Energy Decisions.
  2. Presentation of their award at the SED Innovation Summit.
  3. Recognition for the company, efforts, and team responsible for the project or program.

No Fees

There are no entry fees for the inaugural edition of the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Awards. Our sole focus is to provide recognition for a job well done and to advance industry best practices.

Awards Presentation

Innovation Awards will be presented at an awards dinner on March 11, 2020, during the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Summit

Submit a Nomination

Click the button below to create a profile and follow the instructions on the nomination form. You will be able to enter nominations for multiple awards.

Sponsorship Opportunities

Contact Beth Gordon at beth@smartenergydecisions.com for information on becoming a sponsor of the Smart Energy Decisions Innovation Awards.

Innovation Awards 2019

For a recap of last year’s Innovation Award winners, click here

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