EEI Honors Electric Companies, Utility Employee For Exemplary Minority Business Development Initiatives

Apr 25, 2001, 01:00 ET from Edison Electric Institute

    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Two electric companies and a utility
 employee have won recognition for their outstanding commitments to minority
 and women-owned business development programs.
     The Edison Electric Institute has selected Pepco, headquartered in
 Washington, as this year's recipient of EEI's Minority Business Development
 (MBD) Award, and Entergy Corporation, based in New Orleans, as the 2001 winner
 of the Institute's MBD Committee Chairperson's Award.  For the first time,
 EEI's MBD Committee has elected to present a new Leadership Award to Norman S.
 Littles of Detroit Edison Company.
     "Each of these recipients has demonstrated the highest level of commitment
 to supporting and promoting the business-critical contributions that minority
 and women-owned enterprises make to our industry," said EEI President Thomas
 R. Kuhn.  "A strong and diverse base of utility suppliers is vital to ensuring
 that the U.S. electric power industry remains among the strongest in the
 world."
     The EEI Minority Business Development Award recognizes shareholder-owned
 electric utilities for their achievements in advocating outstanding programs
 and activities to advance purchasing opportunities for minority and women-
 owned businesses.  Pepco was selected for this year's award in recognition of
 its well-defined and effectively administered program, which includes a
 significant increase in dollars spent on commodities, services, and fuel
 purchased from minority business enterprises.  The company's methodology for
 setting and measuring minority business development goals and its innovative
 approaches to promoting minority business enterprises also are indicative of
 its leadership within the industry.
     The EEI Minority Business Development Committee Chairperson's Award
 recognizes shareholder-owned electric utilities for innovative approaches and
 outstanding efforts in minority business development.  Entergy is honored this
 year for its particularly strong efforts in two areas -- a significant
 increase in purchases from minority business enterprises ($250 million in
 2000, an increase of $173 million from 1999), and its adoption of innovative
 methods for setting and measuring minority and women-owned business enterprise
 goals.
     The EEI Minority Business Development Leadership Award, issued this year
 for the first time, is presented to shareholder-owned company personnel for
 their individual contributions towards minority business advancement.  Detroit
 Edison's Norman S. Littles, director of supplier diversity, supply chain
 management, is honored for consistently fostering the development of minority
 owned enterprises in traditional and non-traditional areas.  During his 11
 years with the company, Littles has created a multitude of networking
 opportunities for minorities and broken down barriers frequently faced by
 minority business enterprises.  Through his efforts, several minority and
 women-owned business enterprises have become multi-million-dollar companies,
 making it possible for them to acquire additional market share.
     This year's Awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 26, during EEI's
 Annual Minority Business Development Seminar & Trade Show, in Chicago.
 
     The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S.
 shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry
 associates worldwide.  The Institute's U.S. members generate about three-
 quarters of all the electricity in the United States and service roughly 70
 percent of all ultimate customers in the nation.
 
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    WASHINGTON, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- Two electric companies and a utility
 employee have won recognition for their outstanding commitments to minority
 and women-owned business development programs.
     The Edison Electric Institute has selected Pepco, headquartered in
 Washington, as this year's recipient of EEI's Minority Business Development
 (MBD) Award, and Entergy Corporation, based in New Orleans, as the 2001 winner
 of the Institute's MBD Committee Chairperson's Award.  For the first time,
 EEI's MBD Committee has elected to present a new Leadership Award to Norman S.
 Littles of Detroit Edison Company.
     "Each of these recipients has demonstrated the highest level of commitment
 to supporting and promoting the business-critical contributions that minority
 and women-owned enterprises make to our industry," said EEI President Thomas
 R. Kuhn.  "A strong and diverse base of utility suppliers is vital to ensuring
 that the U.S. electric power industry remains among the strongest in the
 world."
     The EEI Minority Business Development Award recognizes shareholder-owned
 electric utilities for their achievements in advocating outstanding programs
 and activities to advance purchasing opportunities for minority and women-
 owned businesses.  Pepco was selected for this year's award in recognition of
 its well-defined and effectively administered program, which includes a
 significant increase in dollars spent on commodities, services, and fuel
 purchased from minority business enterprises.  The company's methodology for
 setting and measuring minority business development goals and its innovative
 approaches to promoting minority business enterprises also are indicative of
 its leadership within the industry.
     The EEI Minority Business Development Committee Chairperson's Award
 recognizes shareholder-owned electric utilities for innovative approaches and
 outstanding efforts in minority business development.  Entergy is honored this
 year for its particularly strong efforts in two areas -- a significant
 increase in purchases from minority business enterprises ($250 million in
 2000, an increase of $173 million from 1999), and its adoption of innovative
 methods for setting and measuring minority and women-owned business enterprise
 goals.
     The EEI Minority Business Development Leadership Award, issued this year
 for the first time, is presented to shareholder-owned company personnel for
 their individual contributions towards minority business advancement.  Detroit
 Edison's Norman S. Littles, director of supplier diversity, supply chain
 management, is honored for consistently fostering the development of minority
 owned enterprises in traditional and non-traditional areas.  During his 11
 years with the company, Littles has created a multitude of networking
 opportunities for minorities and broken down barriers frequently faced by
 minority business enterprises.  Through his efforts, several minority and
 women-owned business enterprises have become multi-million-dollar companies,
 making it possible for them to acquire additional market share.
     This year's Awards will be presented on Tuesday, June 26, during EEI's
 Annual Minority Business Development Seminar & Trade Show, in Chicago.
 
     The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S.
 shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry
 associates worldwide.  The Institute's U.S. members generate about three-
 quarters of all the electricity in the United States and service roughly 70
 percent of all ultimate customers in the nation.
 
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