Thomas R. Kuhn,
President,
EEI
 
Washington, DC, U.S.A. --- (METERING.COM) --- June 20, 2007 - In recognition of innovative leadership and operational excellence in the electricity industry, the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has named Great Plains Energy and AES Latin America as winners of the Edison Award, the industry's highest honor.

Given annually by EEI, the award honors U.S. shareholder-owned utilities and international members for outstanding contributions to and advancement of the electric power industry.

Great Plains Energy, subsidiary of Kansas City Power & Light (KCP&L), was recognized for its  establishment of a Comprehensive Energy Plan to meet its region's growing demand for clean, affordable energy by developing new, clean energy sources, making proactive environmental and infrastructure improvements and creating innovative energy efficiency and demand response programs.

AES Latin America was recognized for its development of a knowledge management process that enables the business to readily transfer proven operational techniques among its 48 generation plants and nine distribution companies to improve operational performance. Among the operational outcomes was an increase in the consolidated availability of generation plants from 85 percent in 2005 to 89 percent in 2006, a reduction in the duration and frequency of electrical outages by an average 15 percent, a reduction in energy losses by 8 percent and improved overall customer satisfaction rates.

The winners are selected by a committee comprising national industry trade publication editors and a panel of current and retired CEOs.

“The Edison Award recognizes distinguished leadership, innovation and advancement of the industry in a manner that benefits all,” said EEI President Thomas R. Kuhn. “These companies are unsurpassed in their dedication to meeting their customers’ electricity needs and serving their communities. Their commitment to operational excellence and reliability and their innovation in generating and delivering electricity to wherever it’s needed are equally exceptional.”