The inaugural awards recognized pump end-users, owner/operators and engineering consultants that have excelled in applying new pump technologies and optimizing pumping systems.

Awards were presented for three categories - Energy Efficiency, Environmental Impact, and Innovation & Technology - and to four organizations:
 
 
Energy Efficiency Award - sponsored by TACO Comfort Solutions
 
Con Edison of NY received the Energy Efficiency Award for its efforts to improve its fluid transfer pumping systems that, in turn, improve the efficiency of not only its steam stations, but all buildings and homes in its service area.
 
 
Environmental Impact Award - sponsored by Xylem Inc
 
Cleanwater Services and Portland General Electric shared the Environmental Impact Award for their positive impact on the environment by improving water quality through joint energy programs as well as habitat protection, through training and comprehensive pump systems solutions.
 
 
Innovation & Technology Award - sponsored by Sulzer.
 
FMCTechnip accepted the Innovation & Technology Award for its efforts in combining pumping, separation, and operation in revolutionary ways to solve old and new problems, resulting in lower total costs of ownership to their clients. A real life example of TechnipFMC innovation and technology excellence is its work in “Parque das Conchas” a deep-water oil field in Brazil. 
 
 
“HI is proud to recognize organizations that achieve their corporate and social goals by improving their pumping systems,” said Michael Michaud, executive director of HI. “These four organizations stand out because they push beyond technological boundaries and strive for increasing efficiency. Since pumping systems account for 25% of electricity use in the US, we hope that the successes highlighted by these awards will inspire others to become more efficient, improve technology, save energy and ultimately improve the environment.”