Awards and recognition


  • Computerworld — The magazine named We Energies one of the Best Places to Work in Information Technology for 2011. The magazine considers benefits, diversity, career development, training, retention and survey responses from IT workers.
  • PA Consulting Group — For the seventh time in the past 10 years, PA Consulting named We Energies winner of the ReliabilityOne™ award in the Midwest for superior reliability of its electric system. The award is based on the company’s performance for the year 2010. The award is given annually to utilities that have excelled in delivering the most reliable electric service to their customers.
  • Hmong Wisconsin Chamber of Commerce — The organization recognized We Energies as Business Partner of the Year for the company's support and outreach to the chamber through the efforts of its Supplier Diversity Initiative and its leadership in making a difference with minority businesses.
  • Ethisphere Magazine — For the fourth consecutive year, the magazine named Wisconsin Energy one of the world's most ethical companies. More than 100 global companies, across 38 business sectors, are included in the 2011 list. Ethisphere's evaluation and analysis covers seven categories: corporate citizenship and responsibility, corporate governance, innovation that contributes to public well-being, industry leadership, executive leadership and tone from the top, integrity track record and reputation, and internal systems and ethics or compliance programs.
  • Institutional Investor magazine — The magazine named Gale Klappa, chairman, president and CEO of Wisconsin Energy, and Allen Leverett, president and CEO of We Generation, to its All-America Executive Team for 2011. Each year the magazine conducts a study of analysts and money managers from across the U.S. and abroad to determine the top performing executives in virtually every industry sector. Leverett tied for first among chief financial officers of electric utilities. Klappa ranked second among chief executives in the electric utility industry and first among chief executives of regulated utilities. Leverett served as Wisconsin Energy's chief financial officer from 2003 to March 2011, when he assumed his current position.
  • Corporate Responsibility magazine — The magazine recognized Wisconsin Energy as one of the 100 best corporate citizens in the United States for the fourth consecutive year. The publication evaluates approximately 1,000 publicly held companies on the basis of environmental performance, employee relations, philanthropy, finance and governance. For the third time, the magazine also placed Wisconsin Energy among the number-one-ranked companies in the category of corporate governance.
  • J.D. Power — We Energies ranked first in the Midwest region for power quality and reliability, as well as billing and payment, in the 2011 J. D. Power Electric Business Customer Satisfaction Study. The company also achieved top quartile ranking among large utilities in the Midwest region, moving up from a second quartile ranking in 2010. The study is based on interviews with representatives of more than 17,000 U.S. businesses that spend between $500 and $50,000 monthly on electricity. More than 90 utility brands serving a total of more than 11.7 million business customers are included in the study. Overall customer satisfaction is measured by examining six factors: power quality and reliability, billing and payment, corporate citizenship, price, communications, and customer service.
  • Edison Electric Institute — Wisconsin Energy received Edison Electric Institute's (EEI) Advocacy Excellence Award, recognizing the company's decade-long advocacy initiative for the Power the Future plan. The award highlights the engagement and activism of member companies in public policy advocacy at federal, state and local levels.
  • St. Francis Children’s Center of Milwaukee — Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy chairman, president and CEO, received the organization’s 2011 Community Service Award. The award is given to an individual who has been active in numerous community and professional organizations, made significant contributions that improve the quality of life in metropolitan Milwaukee, serves as a model of community service to others and has served in a leadership capacity in community and civic organizations.
  • Milwaukee County Zoo — Along with Polar Bears International (PBI), the zoo recognized We Energies for its conservation stewardship and long-term partnership by presenting PBI’s Paw of Approval.
  • United Performing Arts Fund (UPAF) — The organization presented We Energies with the 2011 Break A Leg award for having the largest increase in membership in Next Generation UPAF, an initiative designed to cultivate awareness, engagement and philanthropy in UPAF and the performing arts by the next generation of community leaders.
  • Urban Forestry Council — The council recognized We Energies for its partnership approach to tree trimming, removal and replacement.
  • United Migrant Opportunity Services — The Milwaukee nonprofit advocacy organization recognized We Energies as Corporate Sponsor of the Year.
  • Arbor Day Foundation — We Energies was a recipient of the Tree Line USA Utility award for the 13th consecutive year. Sponsored by the Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, the award recognizes the company's efforts to provide dependable and reliable service, while using best-practice vegetation management techniques.