Thursday, June 10, 2010

APOGEE Interactive Websites Take Top Honors in National Rural Electric Cooperative Association Annual Competition

/PRNewswire/ -- APOGEE Interactive, an industry-leading provider of online solutions to energy utilities, dominated the winners' circle in the Best Website category of this year's Spotlight on Excellence competition hosted by the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Council of Rural Electric Communicators.

Two APOGEE clients earned honors for websites -- the most award winners posted by a single vendor in the Best Website category.

Spotlight on Excellence recognizes electric cooperatives for high-quality communication and marketing efforts. The NRECA member websites were judged on criteria such as relevant and concise text, easy navigation, distinctive appearance, and engaging opportunities for visitor interaction. More than 800 entries were submitted in this year's competition and were judged by faculty members of the distinguished journalism schools at the University of Missouri-Columbia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Apogee has designed, built and hosts more than 150 utility websites nationwide, many earning a variety of industry accolades each year ranging from NRECA's to the Public Relations Society of America.

Flint Energies Inc. (www.flintenergies.com), a member-owned electric cooperative based in Warner Robins, Ga., won the Award of Excellence in the Best Website category. Flint is one of APOGEE's original website clients dating back to the mid '90s and this winning website version was revamped and redesigned by Apogee in 2009. The site includes a self-serve Home Energy Audit for customers, a HomeEnergySuite with a virtual home 'tour' of energy costs, and a CommercialEnergySuite for business and industry clients - all developed by Apogee.

Georgia EMC (www.georgiaemc.com), the statewide EMC trade association based in Tucker, Ga., and another longtime APOGEE client, earned an Award of Merit. Redesigned and newly launched last year by APOGEE, this site features a comprehensive Members Center for EMC associates, Calendar and Media centers, and numerous pages with information on green power, energy efficiency, statewide legislative initiatives and community outreach.

"We're dedicated to helping our utility clients achieve highly positive website interactions with their members and consumers," said APOGEE President and Chief Executive Officer Susan Gilbert. "In addition to engaging design and intuitive navigation, our expertise also includes compelling energy efficiency tools that are fun and easy to use, which all help create positive user experiences and energy-saving behavior."

APOGEE Interactive Inc. (www.apogee.net)


Founded in 1994, APOGEE is a leading provider of online energy efficiency solutions to energy utilities. The company's energy analysis applications are currently in use by more than 450 utilities across the US, reaching millions of consumers daily, and its website client roster now exceeds 150 companies. APOGEE's clients include leading investor-owned, public power and cooperative energy companies including Flint Energies, Georgia EMC, Marietta Power & Water, Southern Company (SO), Cobb EMC, Con Edison (ED), BGE (CEG), NSTAR (NST), American Electric Power (AEP), Entergy (ETR), SMUD, Puget Sound Energy and Jackson EMC. 

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