POWER Awards

For more than 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 awards for a noteworthy smart grid project, plant water-related project, and commercial and industrial generation 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 Plant of the Year Award winner and winners of the Reinvention, Water, Smart Grid, and Commercial & Industrial Generation awards will be profiled in the July issue of POWER in 2018. Top Plant Award winners will be profiled in the August through November issues.

The application deadline for 2018 awards is April 13, 2018. Follow the links below to download the appropriate nomination forms. All nominated projects must be in commercial operation by the nomination deadline of April 13, 2018. 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. 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. 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.

Commercial & Industrial Generation Award

A new award beginning in 2017, the C&I Generation Award recognizes innovative projects representing advances in smaller generation serving a single customer or a restricted customer base. This award is intended to recognize excellence in onsite, self-generation (of electricity and/or thermal energy) facilities that are not primarly selling into a wholesale market. Both new and substantial upgrade projects are eligible. Though it received the Reinvention Award at the time, this plant is a good example of an appropriate candidate for this award category.

Winners will demonstrate creative approaches to solving problems and meeting the unique needs of this growing generation sector around the world. Generation projects using any technology or fuel (or any combination of technologies) can qualify, but larger projects (especially large captive power plants) are more likely to be considered under their specific generation type in our Top Plants category. Utility-owned projects should be submitted under one of the other categories or include an explanation for why the project should be considered C&I generation. See a list of previous Commercial & Industrial Generation Award winners.

Top Plants

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

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

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 recent Top Plant Award winners.