On January 26, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN), in partnership with the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF), launched its second annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase leadership and innovation in smart grid projects around the world. This year's competition theme is "Excellence in Smart Grids for Renewable Energy Integration," highlighting the critical role that smart grids can play in accelerating the deployment and use of clean, renewable energy sources like solar and wind.
Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN's Executive Committee, said, "We are excited to launch the 2015 Award of Excellence competition. Last year's competition was a great success, with over 40 high-quality projects nominated from more than a dozen countries. We believe that this year's competition will raise awareness, globally, of the tremendous value smart grids offer for uptake of renewable energy."
"We are proud to join with ISGAN again in recognizing exemplars of the global smart grid community with this prestigious Award," stated Paddy Turnbull, Chair of the GSGF Board of Directors. "The Award of Excellence logo marks the quality of winning projects and sets the stage for their proven, innovative ideas to be duplicated in other markets."
ISGAN and GSGF also announced that Ronnie Belmans, GSGF Executive Director, returns to head the international jury of smart grid experts that will select the winning projects.
The nominations period runs from now to March 20. Winners are expected to be recognized publicly at the sixth Clean Energy Ministerial meeting in late May in Mexico. Official rules, nomination forms, and other information on the Award of Excellence competition can be found at http://www.iea-isgan.org/Award2015/Main.
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