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SGIP Announces Recipients of 2016 Member Choice Awards

Energy Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Achievements in Electric Grid Interoperability

WAKEFIELD, Mass., Nov. 17, 2016 – Leaders from the electric grid industry received awards from their peers on November 8, 2016 during the first SGIP 2016 Member Choice Awards at the 2016 Grid Modernization Summit . The summit attracted renowned senior-level industry executives to Washington, D.C., where the recipients were announced during the Awards Dinner.

“The only way the electric grid will advance is through the collaboration of innovative leaders,” said Sharon Allan, President and CEO of SGIP. “The Member Choice Awards gave many of those very leaders the opportunity to recognize individuals and projects that are leading grid modernization.”

The awards and their winners are listed below:

The Erich Gunther Most Committed Interoperability Ambassador

Dr. Stuart Laval, Manager of Technology Development, Duke Energy

This award is named in honor of Erich Gunther for his outstanding contributions to SGIP and to the industry at large. The Erich Gunther Most Committed Interoperability Ambassador award goes to the SGIP player who has shown extraordinary dedication to development of interoperability standards and protocols.

Best Contributor to Collaboration

Ron Cunningham, IT Enterprise Architect, AEP

The Best Contributor to Collaboration is a thought leader at meeting and conferences and an ardent follower of grid modernization efforts underway. This recipient demonstrates commitment to collaboration by sharing knowledge, teaming up on projects and connecting other members who can benefit by meeting.

Most Innovative Solution

ComEd for their Hosting Capacity Analytic Tool

Whether it’s a way of mitigating voltage excursions from high penetrations of solar, analyzing data from newly installed sensors, extending automation technology beyond the substation or any other very specific grid-modernization project, this award celebrates smart engineering. Nominations for this award should cover the challenge faced, the solution details and benefits that accrued.

Best Interoperability Demonstration Project

Duke Energy for their Coalition of the Willing Project

This award goes to the company who is actively demonstrating the benefits of interoperability through an in-house initiative or engagement with another organization. The comprehensive project in question typifies grid modernization by including technology from multiple vendors or system.

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SGIP is an industry consortium representing a cross-section of the energy ecosystem focusing on accelerating grid modernization and the energy Internet of Things through policy, education, and promotion of interoperability and standards to empower customers and enable a sustainable energy future. Our members are utilities, vendors, investment institutions, industry associations, regulators, government entities, national labs, services providers and universities. A nonprofit organization, we drive change through a consensus process. Visit