POWER Awards

For over four decades, POWER magazine has honored the top performers in the electricity-generating industry with annual power plant awards. If your plant has distinguished itself by innovative design or engineering upgrades, producing power more reliably or economically than comparable plants, or demonstrating a new generation or environmental controls technology, don’t miss the opportunity to see your plant profiled in POWER. We also offer an award for a noteworthy smart grid project and plant water-related project.

Award winners will be selected by the editors of POWER based on nominations submitted by you and your industry peers—suppliers, designers, constructors, and operators of power plants. Don’t be shy about nominating your plant; most of our past winners were nominated by plant staff. If your project is selected as an award finalist, a POWER editor will contact you to develop an article that will be published in POWER to inform the rest of the industry of your achievement. Additionally, all winners will be mailed an award that displays their project’s name on a custom POWER cover.

The application deadline for 2016 awards is April 29, 2016. Use the links below to download nomination forms for 2016. All nominated projects must be in commercial operation by the nomination deadline of April 29, 2016. For information on award criteria, please scroll down.

Plant of the Year

The Plant of the Year award is given to a power plant that leads our industry in the successful deployment of advanced technology and maximizing efficiency while minimizing environmental impact. Historically, this award has been presented to a plant that entered commercial service within the past one to two years. The Plant of the Year will be profiled in the August issue of POWER. See a list of previous Plant of the Year winners.

Reinvention Award (previously Marmaduke Award)

The Reinvention Award recognizes excellence in creative problem-solving that gives a power plant of any type a new life or a new role. Prior winners include an operating combined cycle plant that was moved from one multi-unit plant to another multi-unit plant, a coal-fired plant that was repowered with a circulating fluidized bed (CFB) boiler burning wood, and a district heating plant that was repowered with new, high-efficiency gas turbines. The Reinvention Award winner will be profiled in the August issue of POWER. See a list of previous winners.

Water Award

Introduced in 2014, the Water Award goes to a water-related project at a power plant anywhere in the world that demonstrates leadership in the management of water and/or wastewater streams. Winning projects will have successfully implemented innovative, leading-edge approaches to water stewardship, water quality, water availability, or wastewater-handling issues. Although technology may be involved, the award is not specifically for a new commercially available technology. Rather, the award recognizes creative problem-solving that results in water management strategies that may serve as models for other plants. See a list of previous Water Award winners.

Smart Grid Award

2011 was the inaugural year for the POWER Smart Grid Award. Although the magazine has traditionally focused on the supply end of the power industry, the business and technology of power generation is becoming increasingly affected by smart grid developments that touch the entire power supply and delivery chain. This award recognizes an outstanding smart grid project, anywhere in the world, of any scale, that demonstrates the benefits of new data-rich technologies to power generators, distribution utilities, and customers. Specifically, we are looking for nominations of projects that are:

  • Upstream of smart meters and home energy management or automation devices, so no automated meter reading or advanced metering infrastructure projects, please—unless they are just a portion of a more comprehensive smart grid project that has several other non-end-user components.
  • Clearly “smart”—that integrate information and communications technology-assisted components that represent more than maintenance-level improvement.
  • Setting a new standard for quality and results. Being the “first” or “largest” or “cheapest” of a given type of project will be noted but will not be the weightiest criterion. Whether large or small, the winning project will need to demonstrate achievement in technology and service that is worthy of being considered a best practice.
  • Able to demonstrate material results from at least six months of operation prior to the nomination deadline. No planned or in-progress projects, please. (We realize that all true smart grid projects are works in progress, but we are looking for projects with a defined scope that have been completed, monitored, and reported on.) For example, specify costs saved by end users, outages averted that would not previously have been avoided, dispatchable or controllable small-scale distributed generation resources added to the grid in such a way that they strengthen the grid rather than destabilize it, or some other metric(s) that illustrate the substantive benefits enjoyed by one or (preferably) more grid stakeholders.

See a list of previous Smart Grid Award winners List.

Top Plants

Top Plant winners are profiled annually in these issues of POWER:

  • Natural gas-fired projects in September
  • Coal-fired projects in October
  • Nuclear projects in November
  • Renewable projects in December

Top Plants are interesting, important, innovative projects. Many Top Plants are recently commissioned facilities that exhibit some unique design or technology that will be of general interest to the power industry. They also can include plants that have distinguished themselves as industry leaders for significant improvements made to their equipment, operations, staffing, or operating record to emerge from an “also ran” to top of the class in performance. See a list of Top Plant winners through 2015.