The annual ISGAN Award of Excellence competition showcases global leadership and innovation in smart grids. The Entergy New Orleans “SmartView” AMI Pilot is the 2014 winner, and the Østkraft Holding A/S Ecogrid: Consumer Engagement project received an honorable mention.
Today, during the fifth Clean Energy Ministerial in Seoul, Korea, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) and the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) announced Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” Advanced Metering Infrastructure (AMI) pilot project as the winner of the first-ever ISGAN Award of Excellence. The project was singled out from among the more than 40 nominations from 15 countries submitted to the competition, which for this inaugural round focused on consumer engagement and empowerment.
“The Award of Excellence marks the ‘SmartView’ AMI pilot as a leading example of consumer engagement and empowerment around the world,” said Dr. Michele de Nigris, Chair of ISGAN’s Executive Committee. “It demonstrates an approach that other organizations could use to successfully engage with their consumers.”
GSGF Executive Director Ronnie Belmans led a distinguished jury of international experts in making the selection. Dr. Belmans said, “The ‘SmartView’ project exemplifies the successful empowerment of consumers to achieve remarkable societal benefits associated with smart grids.”
The “SmartView” AMI pilot project engaged and empowered 4,700 low-income consumers to use AMI technologies to better manage their energy use and reduce their energy bills. Consumers were invited to participate in a variety of demand-response programs, including programs that provide rebates for reducing energy use during peak periods and that reduce air conditioning use (through load controls).
Entergy New Orleans’ staff, the New Orleans City Council, and community organizations worked together to introduce AMI technology, educate participants, produce energy savings, and provide a platform for the implementation of future smart grid technologies. Approximately 80%–90% of the program participants believed the program saved them money on their energy bills, and over 90% expressed interest in participating on a permanent basis.
Mr. Charles Rice Jr., President and CEO of Entergy New Orleans, Inc., stated, “We are proud that ISGAN and GSGF recognized our ‘SmartView’ AMI pilot project with the Award of Excellence, and hope that its strong focus on community engagement can serve as an example for other smart grid projects.”
ISGAN and GSGF also recognized a second project, Østkraft Holding A/S’ Ecogrid: Consumer Engagement in the Future Power System, with the title “Honorable Mention,” as well as eight additional projects as finalists.
ISGAN and GSGF launched the annual Award of Excellence competition to showcase global leadership and innovation in smart grids. More information on the Award of Excellence competition can be found at www.iea-isgan.org.
Entergy New Orleans, Inc.’s “SmartView” AMI pilot project will be featured during an ISGAN–Clean Energy Solutions Center webinar scheduled for 6 June 2014.
About the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN)
Launched in 2010 at the first Clean Energy Ministerial meeting, the International Smart Grid Action Network (ISGAN) brings together governments and their stakeholders to accelerate the development and deployment of smarter electricity grids worldwide through dynamic knowledge sharing, peer exchange, tool development, and project coordination. ISGAN is formally organized through the Implementing Agreement for a Co-operative Programme on Smart Grids (ISGAN) under a framework of the International Energy Agency.
About the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF)
Established in 2010, the Global Smart Grid Federation (GSGF) is committed to creating smarter, cleaner electricity systems globally. It links leading national and regional smart grid organizations from around the world, each representing a variety of private-sector, academic, and other stakeholder interests. GSGF works to accelerate the deployment of smart grids by facilitating sharing of best practices on solutions for barriers to deployment, consumer engagement, innovation, and capacity building.
The Clean Energy Ministerial is a high-level global forum to share best practices and promote policies and programs that encourage and facilitate the transition to a global clean energy economy. www.cleanenergyministerial.org
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