Ameren Missouri’s POWERforward stakeholder initiative has been named winner of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI) 2014 Advocacy Excellence Award, which highlights engagement and activism in public policy advocacy at the federal, state and local levels. Specifically, Ameren Missouri received the award for using a full range of advocacy tools, which include direct lobbying, grassroots or grass tops outreach and activation, coalition building, and voter and opinion leader education.
“This is a tremendous honor for Ameren Missouri and for each member of our POWERforward stakeholder initiative,” said Warren Wood, vice president of legislative and regulatory affairs, Ameren Missouri. “Our team's efforts to help educate stakeholders about energy policy issues and to advocate on behalf of our company's position on these issues has been very important. I am proud that EEI has recognized our POWERforward initiative and structure, which they said has long-term benefits beyond a single campaign.”
As part of Ameren Missouri’s commitment to producing safe, reliable and affordable energy, the company is committed to education and advocacy to promote legislation and energy programs that will attract 21st century jobs and industry to Missouri. These efforts are firmly rooted in the POWERforward stakeholder initiative, which was launched in 2011. Since its inception, POWERforward has successfully educated stakeholders about energy policy issues and provided those individuals with information necessary to advocate in support of legislative initiatives.
About Edison Electric Institute
EEI is the association that represents all U.S. investor-owned electric companies. Our members provide electricity for 220 million Americans, operate in all 50 states and the District of Columbia, and directly employ more than 500,000 workers. EEI has 70 international electric companies as Affiliate Members, and 250 industry suppliers and related organizations as Associate Members.
About Ameren Missouri
Ameren Missouri has been providing electric and gas service for more than a century, and our electric rates are among the lowest in the nation. We serve 1.2 million electric and 127,000 natural gas customers in central and eastern Missouri. Our mission is to meet their energy needs in a safe, reliable, efficient and environmentally responsible manner. Our service area covers 63 counties and 500 towns, including the greater St. Louis area. For more information, visit AmerenMissouri.com.