Awards and recognition


  • Edison Electric Institute — We Energies was named one of 37 winners of the Edison Electric Institute’s (EEI) 2012 Emergency Assistance Award for the company’s assistance in the recovery from Superstorm Sandy on the East Coast. The storm was the largest Atlantic hurricane on record, leaving more than 10 million people without power. The award, presented each year to EEI-member electric utility companies since 1998, recognizes extraordinary efforts in restoring electric service to another utility company that has been disrupted by severe weather conditions or other natural events. We Energies dispatched nearly 40 employees and 90 contract workers to help restore power following the storm.
  • Milwaukee Business Journal — Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy Corporation chairman, president and CEO, received honorable mention recognition as executive of the year.
  • Institutional Investor magazine — The magazine again named Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy Corporation chairman, president and CEO to its All-America Executive Team. 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. Klappa was ranked as the top CEO of a regulated electric utility by sell-side analysts and second among regulated utility CEOs by buy-side investment professionals.
  • PA Consulting Group — For the eighth time in the past 11 years, We Energies has won 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 2011. The award is given annually to utilities that have excelled in delivering the most reliable electric service to their customers.
  • Platts — Wisconsin Energy retained its distinction as a Platts Top 250 Global Energy Company for 2012, ranking 139th in overall global performance. In 2011, the company’s ranking was 175th. Since 2000, Platts has ranked energy companies’ financial performance globally, regionally and by industry sector. Platts’ rankings are based on four metrics – asset worth, revenues, profits and return on invested capital. All companies on the list have assets greater than U.S. $4 billion. Platts, is a division of The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
  • Corporate Responsibility magazine — Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy Corporation chairman, president and CEO, was one of four winners of the magazine’s Responsible CEO of the Year awards. All award winners were nominated by fellow members of the CR community and selected by an independent judging panel comprised of previous winners and other industry leaders. In determining the winners, judges considered: scope of the CEO's impact on their organization and community; extent to which the CEO drove this initiative; and individual reputation or professional risk taken by the CEO.
  • Corporate Responsibility magazine — The magazine recognized Wisconsin Energy Corporation as one of the 100 best corporate citizens in the United States for the fifth 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 fourth time, the magazine also placed Wisconsin Energy among the number-one-ranked companies in the category of corporate governance.
  • Computerworld — The magazine named We Energies one of the Best Places to Work in Information Technology for 2012. The magazine considers benefits, diversity, career development, training, retention and survey responses from IT workers.
  • Arbor Day Foundation — We Energies was selected for the 14th straight year as a Tree Line USA Utility. The award, sponsored by the National Arbor Day Foundation in cooperation with the National Association of State Foresters, recognizes the company's efforts in providing dependable, reliable service, while using best-practice vegetation management techniques. The award for utilities has three requirements: a program of quality tree care, annual employee training in quality tree-care practices, and tree planting and public education programs.
  • Wisconsin Safety Council — The organization named We Energies a 2011 Corporate Safety Award winner, recognizing the company for making employee safety a top priority and taking extensive measures to prevent injuries and keep employees safe. The Wisconsin Corporate Safety Awards rank nominees based on Occupational Safety Health Administration incident rates and a series of workplace health and safety questions. Nominees are categorized by size and industry. We Energies won the top honor in the agricultural/forestry/transportation/mining/utilities category.
  • Electric Light & Power magazine — The magazine named Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy chairman, president and CEO, as CEO of the Year in the publication’s annual review of utility executive leadership. Klappa was the top CEO in the large utility division.