ATLANTA (Sept. 3, 2013) — Site Selection magazine has named LG&E-KU among its annual list of the Top Utilities in Economic Development.
The magazine chooses the winning utilities based on the following criteria:
♦ Analysis of corporate end-user project activity in 2012 in that company’s territory based on the Conway Data New Plant Database and submitted materials from utilities;
♦ Website tools and data;
♦ Innovative programs and incentives for business, including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs;
♦ The utility’s own job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends.
The winning utilities, in alphabetical order, are: Alabama Power, Birmingham, Ala.; American Electric Power, Columbus, Ohio; CenterPoint Energy, Houston, Texas; Duke Energy, Charlotte, N.C.; Entergy, New Orleans, La.; FirstEnergy, Akron, Ohio; Florida Power & Light, Juno Beach, Fla.; Georgia Power, Atlanta, Ga.; LG&E-KU, Louisville, Ky.; and Tennessee Valley Authority, Nashville, Tenn.
Those qualifying for Honorable Mention include: Ameren, St. Louis, Mo.; ComEd (Exelon), Chicago, Ill.; Dominion Resources, Richmond, Va.; Hoosier Energy, Bloomington, Ind.; Idaho Power, Boise, Idaho; Kansas City Power & Light, Kansas City, Mo.; Mississippi Power, Gulfport, Miss.; National Grid, Syracuse, N.Y.; Santee Cooper/South Carolina Power Team, Columbia, S.C.; and Southern California Edison, Rosemead, Calif.
“This year’s Top Utilities know how to help companies, projects and communities hit growth milestones,” says Adam Bruns, managing editor of Site Selection. “And they all know it takes a lot more than special rates to get there.”
“Utilities play a key role as participants in the economic development efforts of cities, regions and all areas working to improve their local business climate,” says Mark Arend, editor in chief of Site Selection. “This year’s Top Utilities were particularly successful in this endeavor in 2012.”
The Top Utilities article appears in the September 2013 edition of Site Selection and online at www.siteselection.com. Also featured in the issue are Related reports on solar energy, infrastructure, logistics, and rural economic development. The issue also contains Site Selection’s annual Canada 2013 Report, including the Canadian Competitiveness Award and Top Canadian Groups awards; international, regional and state spotlights; industry reports; and several of the magazine’s popular Investment Profiles.
Site Selection magazine, published by Conway Data Inc., delivers expansion planning information to 44,000 executives of fast-growing firms. The senior publication in the development field, Site Selection is also available via Site Selection Online(www.siteselection.com).