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

For frequently asked questions, click here and for any other information please email Holly DeLoache at hdeloache@sepapower.org.

Award Categories

Project Period: January – December 2018

Investor-Owned Utility of the Year
Category description
This IOU should demonstrate industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DER, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Electric Cooperative Utility of the Year
Category description
This cooperative should demonstrate industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DER, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Change Agent of the Year
Category description
An individual or group of catalyst(s) for transformation; whether through developing standards, business development, regulation, or research. This individual or group should have significantly impacted the future of clean energy.
Innovative Partner of the Year
Category description
A non-utility partner that has partnered with at least one utility in 2018, for a product or service that has significantly advanced clean energy, DER, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of the electricity consumer.
Public Power Utility of the Year
Category description
This Public Power Utility should demonstrate industry leadership through unique innovation in an effort to significantly advance clean energy, DER, grid modernization and its value as a resource to help meet the needs of their electricity consumers.
Power Player of the Year
Category description
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 2018 calendar year.
Visionary of the Year
Category description
Dynamic and prominent groups or individuals that are imagining and inspiring how the electric industry envisions the future of clean energy. This can include products, programs, plans, or white papers that are not yet implemented but have promising potential to change the energy world view.

The Awards Dinner

The 2019 Power Players Awards winners will be celebrated during an Awards Dinner on  July 29 from 7 – 10pm at the Grand Hyatt in Washington, D.C., co-located with SEPA’s Grid Evolution Summit. Registration is now open.

Price Per Individual: $500
Price Per Table (10 people): $4,000