Grid Forward Announces Winner of 2022 Grid Innovation Pitch Competition at GridFWD Seattle

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60Hertz is recognized for its industry-changing remote maintenance software at Grid Forward’s in-person conference.

Seattle, WA – May 19, 2022Grid Forward, a member-based non-profit group helping to promote and advance grid modernization, announced 60Hertz, a maintenance software solutions provider, as the winner of the 2022 Grid Innovation Pitch Competition during GridFWD Seattle. During the two-day event, eight carefully vetted startups with technology or services for advancing grid modernization were invited to participate in the competition hosted by Grid Forward, co-hosted by Amazon Web Services.

60Hertz is a Computerized Maintenance Management System software for distributed energy resources – from distribution assets to solar, microgrids or back-up diesel generators. The tech empowers field technicians to improve up-time and prevent system failures by maintaining and optimizing energy assets. As the winner, 60Hertz claimed $100K in AWS credits, technology enablement, business development and go-to-market support. The other three finalists, Extensible Energy, PolyJoule and Proaktif received $25K in AWS credits for their innovative pitches.

“We were thoroughly impressed with the caliber of all the pitches in the competition during GridFWD Seattle,” said Bryce Yonker, CEO and executive director of Grid Forward. “The judges were especially excited about the strong presentation of Piper Foster Wilder from 60 Hertz and her focus on a human-centered design that assists maintenance personnel to achieve their full potential.”

The judges consisted of Vida Asiegbi, Principle, Energy Impact Partners, Ralph Kappelhoff, Executive Power & Utilities, Amazon Web Services, Elta Kolo, Vice President, Energy Transition Ventures, and Erik Steeb, Senior Technology Leader, IncubatEnergy, EPRI.

Piper Foster Wilder CEO of 60 Hertz Energy
Piper Foster Wilder, CEO of 60 Hertz Energy

“I’m honored to be named the winner of the Grid Innovation Pitch Competition from Grid Forward and Amazon Web Services,” said Piper Foster Wilder, CEO and Founder of 60Hertz. “On behalf of the whole 60Hertz team, we are thankful for the support as we continue to support maintenance operators and advocate for traditional methods to meet modern technology.”

Organized by Grid Forward, GridFWD Seattle gathered hundreds of community members, industry experts and partners within the energy, climate and transportation sectors to discuss how to keep pace with the energy transition. To learn more, visit 

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