WASHINGTON—DTE Energy Co. has been awarded the Robert K. Campbell Award for excellence in its congressional relations program on nuclear energy issues. The award, announced at the Nuclear Energy Institute’s (NEI) annual conference here today, recognizes industry members that have developed outstanding congressional and government relations programs.
“This winning team has combined responsible corporate citizenship with environmental stewardship. This approach has improved relations with policymakers on Capitol Hill and in the company’s backyard,” said Skip Bowman, NEI’s president and chief executive officer. Bowman presented the award to Douglas Gipson, DTE Energy’s executive vice president for power generation and chief nuclear officer, and Renze Hoeksema, the company’s director of federal affairs.
“The corporate and government affairs team built relationships with elected officials and policy leaders from the local, state and federal level,” Gipson said. “This project was included in one of only a handful of events in the centennial celebration of the National Wildlife Refuge System with Secretary of the Interior Gail Norton and other dignitaries.”
The DTE Energy team worked to expand the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge. The company and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service signed a cooperative
agreement for a project that made 656 acres of DTE’s Fermi 2 nuclear power plant property a part of the refuge. This elevated employee visibility in the community and improved relations with a variety of stakeholders.
U.S. Rep. John Dingell (D-MI) is a long-time supporter of the Detroit River International Wildlife Refuge, which is the first international refuge in the world. In 2001, Dingell sponsored legislation to create the refuge. The reserve is international because it spans the Detroit River along the U.S./Canadian border and is a vital waterfowl migration corridor and home to more than 65 species of fish. The property around Fermi 2 is home to hundreds of species of mammals, birds, trees and plants.
The Nuclear Energy Institute is the nuclear energy industry’s policy organization. This news release and additional information about nuclear energy are available on NEI’s Internet site at http://www.nei.org.