APOGEE Presents 2010 ACE Awards to Energy Utilities for Best Practices on the Web
September 17, 2010
ATLANTA, Sept. 17, 2010 – APOGEE Interactive, a leader in online solutions for the energy industry, recognized 12 utilities for best practices in energy efficiency and marketing on the Web at its 17th annual users’ conference in Atlanta this week.
The annual gathering drew more than 100 electric and gas utility professionals to hear the newest developments in online energy efficiency software and customer communications platforms. Conference presenters included industry leaders such as J.D. Power and Associates, eMeter, GoodCents, Bluebonnet Electric Cooperative, Georgia Power, PECO, Midwest Energy, Marietta Power & Water, and APOGEE co-founders and energy efficiency technology experts Joel and Susan Gilbert.
APOGEE established the APOGEE Customer Excellence Awards program in 2006 to provide recognition for Most Creative Marketing, Excellence in Customer Service, Outstanding Conservation and Stewardship, Best in Web Activity, Web Innovation, and Most Improved Website among its 500 utility clients.
Winners for Most Creative Marketing this year include Georgia Power for its “Sniff Out Savings” campaign; PECO for its Smart Ideas℠ program; and El Paso Electric for its integrated communications and cross linking strategy for its HomeEnergySuite™.
Indianapolis Power & Light Co. received APOGEE’s Excellence in Customer Service Award for achieving 99 percent positive feedback from customers to date on its self-service, online home energy audit program called the “Home Energy Inspector.”
APOGEE honored two utilities for Outstanding Conservation and Stewardship: Midwest Energy Inc. for its How$mart® Pay-As-You-Save®-type utility financing program for energy efficiency improvements, and Snohomish County PUD for its comprehensive Energy Advisor program and system-wide energy challenge.
Taking top honors for Best Web Activity are Emerald PUD and Entergy for achieving the highest usage of their Web energy efficiency applications in proportion to their customer base, and Tombigbee Electric Cooperative garnered the Most Improved Website award.
Wrapping up the ACE Awards ceremony were Old Dominion Electric Cooperative, E. On U.S. (parent company of Louisville Gas and Electric Co. and Kentucky Utilities Co.) and Duquesne Light, who received recognition for best overall energy efficiency innovation on the Web in 2010.
National speaker and humorist Ken Futch, author of “Take Your Best Shot,” opened the ceremony with a short motivational message and then returned to stage to deliver an impromptu closing presentation due to overwhelming audience requests. The conference took place in Stone Mountain Park, GA, at the Evergreen Marriott Resort.
APOGEE Interactive Inc. (www.apogee.net) is a leader in online energy efficiency solutions for the utility industry. Its energy analysis, customer self-service Web applications, and website designs are currently in use by 500 electric and gas companies across the US, reaching millions of consumers daily. Its clients span a wide range of utilities including Southern Company (SO), Cobb EMC, SMUD, Con Edison (ED), BGE (CEG), Westar Energy (WR), NSTAR (NST), Minnesota Power, Puget Sound Energy, Missouri Gas Energy, PSE&G, NOVEC, Empire District (EDE), Jackson EMC and others.
Contact: Kathy Hart, APOGEE Interactive Inc., 404-271-1489, firstname.lastname@example.org
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