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Huntsville, Alabama – November 16, 2021 – Stuart McCafferty (GridIntellect), Eamonn McCormick (Utilicast), and David Forfia (Utilicast) have been selected as The Cleanie Awards® GOLD place winner for COMMUNITY CONTRIBUTOR OF THE YEAR. The Cleanie Awards is the leading awards program celebrating people and brands driving the clean energy economy. The program recognizes innovation excellence and business leadership. Individuals and organizations across many facets of the industry submitted nominations.

This award, judged by industry peers, signifies how influential Stuart, Eamonn, and David have advocated for a sustainable future, specifically within the Community Contributor area.

“We are extremely proud to recognize this year’s innovators, influencers and advocates, who work tirelessly to champion the clean energy transition in what will be a decisive decade,” said Randee Gilmore, executive director, The Cleanie Awards. “We continuously see nearly a triple digit increase in the number of submissions year over year, which demonstrates industry growth and the desire for a comprehensive amplification platform for climate solutions.”

Stuart McCafferty is the Founder and President of GridIntellect, a Veteran-Owned Small Business.  He is a conscientious researcher, technologist, systems engineer, inventor, distributed energy expert, system architect, author, and climate change warrior. He has authored 50+ thought leadership publications and was the principal contributor for the EnergyIoT Reference Architecture and DSO Modeling for Utilities. 

Eamonn McCormick is a passionate believer in the bright future of the energy industry and the importance of collaboration as the foundation for solving our current industry challenges. He is a results-driven technology thought leader with a long track record of success. Over the last twenty years, he has implemented strategic and disruptive architectures and technology changes at several large energy companies in wholesale markets, transmission, and energy distribution. 

David Forfia has been the Chair of the GridWise Architecture Council since 2015 and has been a council member since 2013.  He is a member of the Smart Electric Power Alliance (SEPA) Research Advisory Council, a former member of the Board of Directors, and the former chair of the Technical Advisory Council.  He was also Chair of the SGIP Board of Directors from 2015 until 2017, and as was a board member beginning in 2011.

“It is a true honor, and I am sincerely humbled by the Cleanie Award’s® recognition for our contributions to the Energy Central community.” said Stuart McCafferty.  “We are passionate in our belief that humans face their biggest challenge in history with climate change.  The energy industry is on the responsible path towards a reliable, resilient, net zero-carbon energy future. We hope that our articles provide insights into how we can do that thoughtfully, carefully, and as quickly as possible.  We’ll keep writing!”

Stuart, Eamonn, and David were selected by a cohort of peers including judges and leaders representing a cross section of the cleantech and renewable energy sectors, including Alison Mickey, Fluence; Ayanna Nibbs, CohnReznick Capital; Emily Chasan, Generate Capital; Kirsten Williams, DC Water; Paul Quinlan, ScottMadden, Inc.; Remy Pangle, REpowering Schools; Ron DeLyons, Creekwood Energy Partners LLC; Raheleh Folkerts, Lightsource bp; Thiam Giam, Black & Veatch Management Consulting, LLC; and Zadie Oleksiw, Clearway Energy Group.

For a full list of winners, visit

About GridIntellect:

GridIntellect provides consulting services for next-generation, disruptive energy infrastructure solutions. We serve government agencies, non-profit organizations, Independent System Operators, utilities, and commercial businesses with strategic, technology, business, program, and project design and management related to Smart Infrastructure, Distributed Energy Resources (DER), Energy Resiliency, the Energy Cloud, and Internet of Things (EnergyIoT), and Distribution System Operators. We not only understand the “big picture,” we have been pioneers in formulating it.

About The Cleanie Awards®:

The Cleanie Awards® is the first comprehensive awards program exclusive to the cleantech industry. It generates much needed visibility for innovators and disruptors in the industry who are creating life- and planet-changing solutions. The campaigns recognized by the award program aim to influence public opinion about technologies delivering on the promise of a clean energy future. For more information, visit our website at Follow us on Twitter or Facebook at @CleanieAwards and on LinkedIn.

GridIntellect and co-authors John Cooper and Eamonn McCormick provide a three-part series on the role of Public Power in decarbonizing and electrifying our society and economy. In the first article we establish the clear imperative to decarbonize and what that means for Public Power. In Part 2, we review the Crisis of Slow Public Power Decarbonization. In Part 3, we connect the dots between decarbonization and distributed energy resources (DER), showing a second imperative for public power: integrating DER into utility grid modernization. As we continue this series, we’ll explore a wide variety of impacts, constraints, risks, costs and benefits, including supply chain issues, the broad impact of decarbonization on our society and economy, and the upsides of an Electrify Everything Economy.