Gold Award for Project EDGE!

Congratulations to our researchers involved in Project EDGE for the Gold Award (Smart Grids) in the APEC 2022 Energy Smart Communities Initiative Best Practices Awards Program!

Project EDGE is a world-first project that brings together the spectrum of relevant stakeholders across the electricity value chain: customers, DER owners, aggregators, distributors, the system/market operator and researchers. Several innovations will be demonstrated through trials that will test operating envelopes and the trading of local services.

The Gold Award (Smart Grids) decision was made by the jury committee chaired by Dr. Terrence Surles, Consultant of Hawaii Natural Energy Institute along with jury members nominated by member economies of APEC Energy Working Group. This year, 65 projects from 17 APEC economies participated in the 2022 Energy Smart Communities Initiative Best Practices Awards Program. The official winner announcement can be accessed through the link ( and will be reported to the upcoming APEC Energy Working Group Meeting scheduled in late June 2022.

The Energy Smart Communities Initiative (ESCI) was launched in November 2010 by U.S. President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan within the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC).  ESCI covers four main pillars—Smart Transport, Smart Buildings, Smart Grids, and Smart Jobs and Consumers—along with the cross-cutting examples of Low Carbon Model Towns.

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