Awards and recognition


  • Forbes Magazine – Best Managed Companies in America: Forbes named WEC as one of the top 10 utilities for this annual distinction.
  • ReliabilityOne Award: For the fourth time in the past five years, PA Consulting Group selected We Energies as the winner for superior electric system reliability in the Midwest.
  • Corporate Conservation Award: We Energies received the 2006 Corporate Conservation Award from the Superior Watershed Partnership in Marquette, Michigan. The award recognizes the mercury reduction demonstration project at the Presque Isle Power Plant as a significant accomplishment in environmental and Great Lakes protection.
  • EEI Advocacy Excellence Award: WEC received Edison Electric Institute’s Advocacy Excellent Award, recognizing WEC’s Power the Future advocacy efforts within WEC utility service territories and Wisconsin.
  • Chartwell, Inc. – 2006 Best Practices Award for Utility Customer Service: Chartwell chose We Energies’ We Care Call program from among 15 other programs entered in Chartwell’s 2006 annual awards competition. Chartwell, Inc. is an information services and best practices research organization for the utility industry.
  • Strategic Partner of the Year: We Energies and Gale Klappa, chairman, president and chief executive officer, were named Corporate Strategic Partner and CEO of the Year by The Business Council, an affiliate of the Metropolitan Association of Commerce. The award recognizes We Energies for efforts to establish supplier relationships with minority-owned companies in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
  • Tree Line USA: The National Arbor Day Foundation awarded We Energies its eighth Tree Line USA utility designation, recognizing quality tree care, annual employee training in quality tree care practices, and maintaining tree planting and public education programs.
  • International Society of Arboriculture: The society awarded its Gold Leaf Award to We Energies for the second straight year, recognizing creation of an educational treeway in Whitewater, Wisconsin, along with the City of Whitewater and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.
  • Education Outreach Program: Southeastern Wisconsin Public Relations Society of America awarded We Energies’ Education Outreach program Best of Show in its annual Paragon awards program. In addition, the company’s K-5 natural gas and electricity safety education campaign earned an award of excellence in the public service category.
  • Wisconsin Builder Magazine: The magazine honored Port Washington Generating Station as a Top Project of 2005.
  • Best Renovation: The Milwaukee Business Journal honored Wispark’s renovation of the 211 West Wisconsin building as Best Renovation in the office category in its Business Journal Real Estate Awards competition. The renovation project was also awarded the Downtown Achievement Award by the Milwaukee Downtown Business Improvement District.
  • Governor’s Award in Support of the Arts: Wisconsin Foundation for the Arts honored WEC for its commitment to the arts in the business/corporate category. Over the past 15 years, WEC has provided more then $12 million in support of arts organizations throughout Wisconsin, which includes $2.5 million in gifts matching employee contributions to the arts.
  • Hispanic Chamber BRAVO Award: We Energies was recognized for providing a solid monetary base for building a new chamber headquarters, contributing substantial sponsorship dollars to host the U.S. Hispanic Chamber of Commerce’s annual convention in 2005 and implementing a genuine corporate focus along with vigorous efforts to include Hispanic contractors and service providers through the company’s supplier diversity initiative.
  • Minority Business News USA Outstanding Men of Minority Business Development.
  • Wisconsin Supplier Development Council Award of Excellence.
  • Edison Electric Institute Supplier Diversity Executive Committee Award.

Individual Achievement Awards/Recognition

  • Tom Jansen, supervising engineer - Environmental Department, was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Coal Combustion Products Partnership for an Individual Achievement Award. Jansen was honored at the National Recycling Coalition Annual Congress for his individual achievements and long-standing dedication to the promotion and use of Coal Combustion Products (CCP) and his instrumental work in developing and supporting the Green Highways Initiative.
  • Jerry Fulmer, director - Supplier Diversity Initiative, received two awards. He was honored in the September issue of Minority Business News USA magazine as one of the 100 Men Impacting Supplier Diversity. Honorees and their corporations were selected based on their presence and influence in the supplier diversity arena over the years, with particular influence on efforts throughout the last year. Included in the distinct group are managers, executives and leaders "whose stellar diversity initiatives have gone above and beyond," according to the magazine. This is the first year that Minority Business News USA has published this listing. Fulmer also won the Wisconsin Supplier Development Council's (WSDC) Award of Excellence for his efforts to successfully involve minority-owned businesses in the supply chain and business processes of We Energies, and for using minority business members of the WSDC.