Edison Electric Institute – Informing Consumers About Impostors
The Edison Electric Institute earned a 2019 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for Utilities United Against Scams, a consortium of more than 130 U.S. and Canadian electric, water, and natural gas companies, that is dedicated to combating impostor utility scams by providing a forum for utilities and trade associations to share data and best practices, in addition to working together to implement initiatives to inform and protect customers.
The voluntary program has evolved into a first-of-its-kind, all-utility collaborative with a mission to combat utility scams by providing a forum for utility companies and associations to share data and best practices and to work together to implement initiatives to inform and protect customers.
IEEE – Using Technical Knowledge to Make a Difference
The IEEE earned a 2019 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for its MOVE Community Outreach Initiative, an emergency response program committed to supporting relief workers and victims of natural disasters by providing short-term communications, computer, and power solutions for field operations. The American Red Cross provides access and logistical support for IEEE volunteers to provide this assistance.
The project was launched in 2016 and has responded to seven hurricanes, multiple flooding incidents and wildfires, a devastating tornado, and even an eclipse (providing airport communications support). 2017 was particularly active as teams of volunteers were continuously deployed from August 25, 2017, through February 7, 2018, to assist in the preparation and recovery efforts of Hurricane Harvey (Houston, TX), Irma (Florida), and Maria (Puerto Rico).
National Association of State Boating Law Administrators – Reducing Boating Under the Influence
The National Association of State Boating Law Administrators earned a 2019 ASAE Power of A Gold Award for Operation Dry Water, a year-round boating under the influence awareness and enforcement campaign with the mission of reducing the number of alcohol-related accidents and fatalities through increased recreational boater awareness and by fostering a stronger and more visible deterrent to alcohol use on the water.
The program was launched in 2009 in partnership with the U.S. Coast Guard. The Operation Dry Water campaign coordinates on a national level, the saturation of thousands of local, state and federal marine law enforcement officers on the water just before the Fourth of July with the mission of spreading awareness about the dangers of boating under the influence and to facilitate heightened boating under the influence enforcement before a holiday known for drinking, boating, and fatal accidents.
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