Celebrating the best of innovative energy.

Honoring Excellence

SEPA Power Players Awards celebrate innovation and collaboration by utilities, industry partners, and individuals shaping the future of electricity.

The awards celebrate clean energy, DER, and grid modernization in all forms:

  • Groundbreaking partnerships, designs, and programs
  • Unique partnerships
  • Stakeholder and customer engagement

If you are on the leading edge, you could be a Power Player!

We judge project nominations based on several criteria, including:

  1. Furthering progress to a clean and modern energy future
  2. Expanding the knowledge of and access to utility-scale clean energy and distributed energy resources
  3. Transforming the world view of the electric industry
  4. Can be replicated by others in the industry

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For any other information please email Jordan Nachbar at jnachbar@sepapower.org

Award Categories

In 2020 we have added new categories to reflect SEPA’s four pathways to a clean and modern energy future: Grid Integration, Utility Business Models, Regulatory Innovation and Transportation Electrification.

Transportation Electrification
This award recognizes organizations, project teams and/or individuals who have demonstrated unique innovation and leadership in efforts to advance transportation electrification in the electric utility domain, especially Vehicle Grid Integration (VGI) efforts.
Grid Integration
This award recognizes organizations, project teams and/or individuals who have demonstrated unique innovation and leadership in efforts to integrate clean energy and distributed energy resources (DERs) into the grid to help achieve carbon reduction and clean energy goals, and meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Regulatory Innovation
This award recognizes organizations, project teams and/or individuals who have demonstrated unique innovation and leadership in efforts to evolve state regulatory structures and processes in order to accelerate the adoption of clean energy resources and technologies at scale.
Utility Business Models
This award recognizes organizations, project teams and/or individuals who have demonstrated unique innovation and leadership in efforts to create new utility business models that advance the adoption of clean energy resources and help to achieve carbon reduction and clean energy goals.

Investor-Owned Utility of the Year
This IOU should demonstrate industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DERs, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year
This Electric Cooperative should demonstrate industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DERs, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Public Power Utility of the Year
This Public Power Utility should demonstrate industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DERs, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Individual Power Player of the Year
This award recognizes an individual who, while working in the energy industry, has demonstrated leadership and innovation to significantly advance an integrative perspective of clean energy, DER, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers. The individual’s ‘body of work’ can span a longer period of time, but should include activity and accomplishments during the 2019 calendar year.