PA Consulting Group (PA) recently announced the recipients of its annual ReliabilityOne Awards at a reception in Washington D.C. before an audience of senior management at leading utilities, industry regulators, and energy industry experts. These awards recognize electric utilities for providing their customers with the highest levels of reliability in the industry.

This year, PA Consulting Group's National ReliabilityOne Excellence Award was given to San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E). This utility, which also received the award for the West Region, is a Sempra Energy utility serving 3.4 million consumers in San Diego and southern Orange counties.

Consolidated Edison Company of New York, Inc. (Con Edison) received both the Northeast Region award as well as the honor for Outstanding System-Wide Reliability. Con Edison excelled in providing superior outage frequency and duration performance on a system wide basis. Con Edison serves 3.2 million electric customers in New York City and Westchester.

Public Service Electric & Gas (PSE&G), a regulated utility delivering electric service to 2.1 million customers throughout New Jersey, won the Mid-Atlantic Region. PSE&G has dominated this region for the last nine years.

Kansas City Power & Light, a subsidiary of Great Plains Energy, Inc., and a leading regulated provider of electricity and energy-related products and services to more than 800,000 customers in Missouri and Kansas, was the recipient of the Plains Region award.

FirstEnergy, a diversified energy company headquartered in Akron, Ohio which serves 4.5 million customers in Ohio, Pennsylvania, and New Jersey, received the Midwest Region title for its Ohio operations.