Unprecedented accolades: CPS Energy wins three awards in three days

CPS Energy is proud to have won three awards in the space of three days.

The trio of accolades recognized our commitment to clean energy-based economic development, our work helping customers save on energy costs and our commitment to improving the community where we work and live.

CPS Energy was the only municipally-owned utility to receive these awards, even though both community-owned and investor-owned utilities were in the running.

“Recognition from three well-regarded organizations in three days is a reflection on our entire CPS Energy team,” said CEO Doyle Beneby. “We couldn’t have done it without continued hard work from our dedicated employees and support of our San Antonio community.”

On Oct. 8, the International Economic Development Council awarded CPS Energy and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation a Silver Excellence in Economic Development Award for CPS Energy’s New Energy Economy (NEE)  initiative.   The NEE leverages the utility’s buying power to create jobs, economic development and educational opportunities in San Antonio.

IEDC’s Excellence in Economic Development Award recognizes the world’s best economic development programs and partnerships, marketing materials, and the year’s most influential leaders. The non-profit called CPS Energy  “visionary”  for its commitment to protect the environment by diversifying its generation portfolio to include 20 percent renewable energy, investing in clean technologies and creating economic development opportunities in San Antonio.

IEDC chair Paul Krutko labeled CPS Energy and the San Antonio Economic Development Foundation “two of the leading organizations in the industry for innovation, creativity and successful strategies.”

Since its launch in 2011, our NEE strategy has resulted in partnerships with seven clean energy companies, more than 220 new jobs, with a current economic impact of more than $100 million. A major component is CPS Energy’s 400 megawatt solar energy deal with OCI Solar Power, which, along with its consortium partners, has committed to more than $100 million in capital investments and 800 permanent, good paying jobs.

On the same day, Apogee Interactive, a leading provider of online energy analysis software and web-based solutions for utilities, honored CPS Energy with an Apogee Customer Excellence award for creative marketing.  The campaign more than doubled traffic on its microsite, cpsenergysavers.com.

Apogee named CPS Energy and ConEdison award winners out of its 650 utility customers. Karen Morris of Apogee said the success of CPS Energy’s microsite really stood out: “Once a year, our team asks our client services and new business development team for outstanding performance among our 650 plus utility clients. The submissions are reviewed by our executive team.  ACE winners are those with the most innovative, creative and outstanding performance.”

The CPS Energy Savers microsite gives customers rebate information, home energy calculators, energy saving tips and more. We doubled traffic through strategic product placement and e-marketing. The site also saw a big boost in traffic during the summer months by promoting energy efficiency programs like Home Manager and Casa Verde.

Platts Global Energy Awards honored CPS Energy in its Corporate Responsibility category with an Award of Excellence on Oct. 10. Platts is a leading global provider of energy, petrochemicals, metals and agriculture information, and a premier source of benchmark price assessments for those commodity markets.

Platts hosts the Global Energy Awards annually, honoring a select group of companies for their strategic contribution to energy. Each year, the judges choose one category they feel deserves special recognition because of the finalists’ contribution and they award those finalists in that category an Award of Excellence. This year, they chose the Corporate Responsibility category.

Check out this video of the results of one of our major volunteer efforts last year, the creation of a therapeutic garden and recreation area at the Warrior Family Support Center:

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CPS Energy is a finalist in corporate responsibility and three other categories, including CEO of the year, for President and CEO Doyle Beneby (who was a finalist last year in the Rising Star category); Deal of the Year, for our partnership with OCI Solar Power, and Corporate Responsibility.

Winners will be announced in all four categories on Dec. 12.

Tracy Idell Hamilton

Tracy Idell Hamilton was part of the Corporate Communications team at CPS Energy.

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