KNOXVILLE, Tenn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--EnerNex and the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) were presented with the 2013 Project Management Institute’s (PMI) Distinguished Project Award for the “NIST Smart Grid Interoperability Panel (SGIP) Program” at the annual PMI Global Congress award ceremony in New Orleans.
Stuart McCafferty, EnerNex’s Vice President of Energy Technology Consulting and the program manager for the NIST SGIP Program, and Paul Boynton, NIST’s program manager and senior engineer accepted the award.
Each year, a PMI panel of project management experts reviews submissions from all over the world to select the winners of this prestigious, globally-recognized award. As one of three recipients awarded, the PMI Distinguished Project Award recognizes and honors successful projects, and the achievements of the project team for superior performance of project management.
EnerNex co-founder Erich Gunther noted that “EnerNex is committed to meeting the highest standard in project execution and management excellence. Our effective implementation of project management techniques is at the core of our success in supporting our utility and vendor clients to manage grid technology deployments and the entire grid modernization lifecycle. This award validates our approach to effectively managing large, high visibility, multi-stakeholder projects.”
The NIST SGIP program ramped up in August 2009, when EnerNex was awarded a two-year contract to help NIST sustain the accelerated development of the hundreds of compatible standards that are required to build a secure, interoperable smart electric power grid. EnerNex was also awarded the follow-on contract and provided program management, technical, and administrative support to manage the SGIP operations. The SGIP organization consists of 22-stakeholder categories encompassing the entire Smart Grid ecosystem. This multi-stakeholder volunteer workforce and leadership passionately drove Smart Grid interoperability standards and best practices at a pace never seen before. These attributes presented a significant challenge to program and project management and required the disciplined application of a wide range of project management techniques.
“It was a bit of a surprise when we found out we had won. We knew we had something special, but were unsure that others could get excited about a bunch of people rallying around best practices and standards development. The PMI folks were absolutely wonderful and had high praises for what our program had accomplished. I think most people are just thankful to have been participants in a project that Congress made a national priority and that thousands of dedicated people with good intentions came together to make a true success. It was magic,” said McCafferty.
EnerNex managed, coordinated, and staffed the program for over 3 years. The SGIP organization has now transitioned into an industry-led, non-profit 501(c)(3) legal entity with the same goals for Smart Grid interoperability as the original organization. EnerNex now participates as one of the “Founding Member” volunteer organizations, continuing to provide technical contributions around Smart Grid standards, architecture, cyber security, and testing and certification.
EnerNex, established in 2003, provides research, engineering and consulting services, for the electric power industry. EnerNex focuses on providing services around the development and application of new and emerging electric power technologies to engineer a cleaner, smarter energy system of the future. In February 2012, the company launched EnerNex Smart Grid Labs a premier interoperability testing and evaluation facility.