Award recipients honored for implementing and executing industry-leading practices, strategies and processes that breed success
We Energies and Florida Power & Light Company take home top honors
Last night (21 November 2013), PA Consulting Group (PA) announced the recipients of its annual ReliabilityOne™ and ServiceOne Awards - widely recognized as one of the most prestigious honors in the electric utility industry - at a reception at 7 World Trade Center in New York, before an audience that included senior management at leading utilities, industry regulators and energy industry experts. PA Consulting Group's ReliabilityOne™ awards recognize electric utilities for providing their customers with the highest levels of reliability in the industry, while the ServiceOne awards recognize companies for providing exceptional service to their customers.
PA recognized five regional ReliabilityOne™ winners from utilities across the U.S. for the calendar year 2012. The selections were based on overall system wide performance in both outage duration and frequency. PA awarded its annual National ReliabilityOne™ Excellence Award to one of its regional winners that demonstrated sustained leadership, innovation and achievement in the area of electric reliability. PA selected from its group of regional winners the utility that had the best overall System-Wide Reliability Performance and also a winner for the Best Response to a Major Outage Event.
This year’s National ReliabilityOne™ Excellence Award was presented to: We Energies. “We Energies fosters a culture of continuous improvement; their employees are committed to reliability and are always looking for new ways to better serve their customers”, said PA Consulting Group's Program Director for ReliabilityOne™. “PA was particularly impressed with We Energies’ proactive communications with their customers and their innovative use of technology and process to provide outstanding reliability. The employees at We Energies demonstrate clear industry leadership and this recognition is a brilliant achievement.”
This year’s Overall Outstanding System-Wide Reliability Performance Winner is Consolidated Edison Company of New York (Con Edison). “Con Edison achieved one of the highest levels of reliability performance we have ever seen for an investor owned utility in the United States”, said PA's ReliabilityOne™ Program Director. “Con Edison’s reliability performance was 90% better than the industry average, a terrific achievement for the Con Edison employees who strive to bring their customers the highest level of performance.”
This year’s Outstanding Response to a Major Outage Event Winner is: Public Service Electric & Gas Company (PSE&G) for their response to the unprecedented Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the worst storm in PSE&G’s history, coupled with the severe Nor-Easter which impacted the area as restoration efforts were underway.
PSE&G’s entire service territory was severely affected with over 2 million of their 2.2 million customers affected. PSE&G effectively managed costs and restored nearly 90% of their customers in a week, having to contend with over 60,000 trouble locations including the flooding of 20 facilities resulting from the storm surge. In addition, PSE&G maintained consistent public communications with an average of more than 3 news releases per day, along with outreach through their webpage and email, press conferences, call centers, and traditional ads (radio/print) as well the use of email and social media. Through Twitter, PSE&G was able to reach over 50,000 of their followers, amongst the highest in the industry. Recognizing the challenges faced by utilities and their customers and considering the circumstances, PSE&G truly demonstrated an outstanding response during one of the most difficult events in history.
“The energy industry is facing unprecedented change which is creating new challenges for leaders, who are charged with the reliability of the electric system, a critical foundation to our economy and our lives”, according to PA Consulting Group’s ReliabilityOne™ Program Director. “In the face of these challenges, these utilities have maintained the highest levels of reliability for their customers. Each ReliabilityOne™ Award recipient has demonstrated superior performance in reliability and restoration, and has created a strong organizational culture focused on providing the very best reliability for their customers.”
PA Consulting Group also recognized those utilities that excel in the area of customer service and care with the presentation of the ServiceOne Awards.
This year’s recipient of the ServiceOne Award is Florida Power & Light Company. For the tenth year in a row, rounding out the collection nicely, Florida Power & Light (FPL) has received the prestigious ServiceOne Award. FPL’s high level of performance across functional areas reflects their mastery of the fundamentals of working together across the organization, leveraging data to enhance decision making, and holding individuals accountable at all levels. This along with a desire to constantly improve operations through new services or solutions for their customers is what enables them to be a top-performer year-after-year.
ServiceOne Awards recognize companies for providing exceptional service to their customers as determined by a set of 26 measures of excellence. ServiceOne Balanced Scorecard Achievement Awards recognize companies that provide outstanding performance within selected areas of Customer Service. While PA administers the Polaris ServiceOne program, an advisory committee consisting of members within the program provides advice regarding its content and criteria.
"Excellent customer service can only be achieved if it is a core value for a company. This is particularly the case in the utility sector, where increasing demands placed on customer service organizations have challenged traditional delivery strategies, business processes and modes of customer interaction," said Arun Mani, PA Consulting Group's ServiceOne Program Director. “The companies who have been named ServiceOne award winners for customer service have set the standard in the energy utilities industry by enabling their employees with the information, tools and leadership necessary to foster a customer service-oriented culture.”