Awards and recognition


  • 2020 Women on Boards — The campaign named Wisconsin Energy a “Winning ‘W’ Company” for the fourth consecutive year. Winning companies recognize the importance of board diversity and have 20 percent or more women on their boards of directors.
  • Institutional Investor magazine — The magazine named Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy chairman and CEO, to its All-America Executive Team for the fifth consecutive year. In this year’s study, Klappa was ranked by buy-side analysts as one of the top three electric utility CEOs and the best CEO of a purely regulated utility.
  • Midwest Energy Association — The organization recognized We Energies as one of the safest utilities in the nation, winning the 2014 MEA Accident Prevention award for an outstanding 2013 safety record. MEA looked at utilities across the nation in selecting We Energies for the honor.
  • Mequon Nature Preserve — The organization recognized Chairman, President and CEO Gale Klappa and We Energies with its first-ever Stewardship Award. Klappa was honored for his leadership in meeting the region’s energy demands, while protecting natural resources and making the Milwaukee area a healthier place to live. The company received the honor for reducing emissions of nitrogen oxide, sulfur dioxide, mercury and particulate matter by 80 percent, while increasing power generation by 50 percent; using renewable energy sources (wind, water and biomass) in its fuel portfolio; and supporting environmental organizations throughout the service area.
  • BizTimes — The magazine named Wisconsin Energy recipient of its 2014 Regional Spirit Award for the company’s long history of commitment to the Milwaukee region.
  • Rural Electricity Resource Council — The organization gave its Silver Switch Award to We Energies’ Agriculture Services for its customer education efforts, marketing programs, youth and classroom activities and rural development programs.
  • Harvard Business Club of Wisconsin — The organization honored Gale Klappa, Wisconsin Energy chairman and chief executive officer, as 2013 Wisconsin Business Leader of the Year. The award honors business leaders who have had an extremely significant business impact through the company’s performance as well as the impact the company and its leader have had through community and civic involvement.
  • Arbor Day Foundation — We Energies was selected for the 16th 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.
  • Corporate Responsibility magazine — The magazine recognized Wisconsin Energy Corporation as one of the 100 best corporate citizens in the United States for the seventh consecutive year. Each year, CR Magazine evaluates publicly held companies on the basis of environmental performance, employee relations, philanthropy, finance and governance. For the sixth time in the past seven years, Wisconsin Energy also received a top ranking in the category of corporate governance.