BOSTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- A gathering of 130 utility professionals
representing 75 separate companies concluded with participants agreeing that
utilities should improve upon their existing benchmarking and best practice
systems to drive business growth as well as cost reduction.
EUCG, a global association of energy professionals that performs
benchmarking surveys and seeks to identify best practices in the electric
utility industry, held its annual fall conference at Boston's Hilton Back Bay
Hotel on Sept. 25-28. The theme of the conference, according to EUCG
President Steve Saunders, was "Energy Information ... for Best Practices."
Saunders, who is employed by the Tennessee Valley Authority, the largest
public power generator, and has served as EUCG's president since 2000, said,
"EUCG member utilities' use of benchmarking and best practices is becoming
more and more an important strategic resource within their individual
Saunders added: "Our members are quite good at using EUCG data to drive
improved organizational performance that, in turn, benefits their member
companies, the electric utility industry in general, and all electric power
Mark Derry, EUCG Vice President from Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC),
attended many of these presentations and concluded that "benchmarking and the
best practices are increasingly being used by utilities to accelerate learning
and improvement. It complements other productivity tools -- and is helping our
membership to enhance competitiveness."
Dozens of benchmarking and best practices topics were presented during the
conference's three-day run, said George W. Sharp, EUCG National Marketing
Director from American Electric Power (NYSE: AEP). According to Sharp,
highlights of the conference included:
- A discussion of plant safety performance including the results of
benchmarking data gathered around member utilities' safety programs,
policies and procedures. This discussion was facilitated by individuals
from Ameren (NYSE: AEE), Detroit Edison (NYSE: DTE) and Texas Utilities
- A working session for members regarding how to maximize their use of
EUCG's capital database, including how to conduct effective cost
comparisons with EUCG data while driving improvements to related
business processes. This session was facilitated by individuals from
Duke Energy (NYSE: DUK), The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) and
FirstEnergy (NYSE: FE).
- A roundtable discussion of organizational best practices "success
stories," including a special session on how to build a winning culture
between and among company employees, unions, and management. Success
story discussions were facilitated by individuals from Kansas City
Power & Light (NYSE: GXP), Conectiv Energy (NYSE: POM), Alliant Energy
(NYSE: LNT) and the Omaha Public Power District.
The conference's keynote address was given by Chris Bogan, President and
Chief Executive Officer of Best Practices, LLC and co-author of Benchmarking
for Best Practices: Winning Through Innovative Adaptation. Bogan, a leading
authority on best practice improvement strategies, told the audience that "in
life and business, small variations create enormous performance and outcome
differences." He added: "It's the small things you do when structuring and
conducting your benchmarking activities that lead to success that others never
achieve. EUCG provides one such platform in which to cultivate these 'small
differences' that lead to success."
EUCG will hold its 2006 spring conference in Anaheim, California. All
energy professionals are invited. Interested parties should visit the EUCG
website (http://www.eucg.org) for more information.
About EUCG: EUCG is a global association of energy and electric utility
professionals who discuss current and emerging industry issues, share best
practices, and exchange data for benchmarking purposes. The association is
organized into five (5) separate committees that represent specific utility
functions: Transmission & Distribution (T&D), Fossil Plants, Hydro Plants,
Nuclear Plants, and Information Technology (IT) departments. Members attend
semi-annual conferences that focus on strategic planning, maintenance
practices, operations management, outage management, and various other aspects
of the electric utility business. Membership is open to all utility companies
and professionals worldwide. Interested parties should contact Pat Kovalesky
- EUCG Executive Director, at 1-623-572-4140. Email: email@example.com.
Website: http://www.eucg.org .