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The AVESTAR Center is dedicated to accelerating progress toward achieving operational excellence for the nation’s energy systems, from smart power plants to smart grid. Attaining operational excellence requires maximizing the efficiency and profitability from operations through excellent automation and control, all while reducing negative environmental impact and improving safety. Driving people excellence via the development, training, and empowerment of a highly-skilled engineering and operations workforce is another critical component of operational excellence. The AVESTAR Center is addressing all of these challenges by bringing together dynamic simulation, control, and 3D virtual reality technologies, state-of-the-art training simulators and facilities, and leading industry experts to focus on the optimal operation of clean energy systems in the smart grid era.