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Citizens Energy Group Celebrates 125th Anniversary

11/16/2012
 
INDIANAPOLIS – Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard declared today “Citizens Energy Group Day” in celebration of the 125th anniversary of the founding of the public charitable trust that manages its utilities for the sole benefit of customers and the community. Mayor Ballard joined Carey Lykins, President & CEO of Citizens, and a large group of employees at the company headquarters to present the proclamation.

“During the past 125 years, Citizens has earned a reputation for outstanding customer service and operational excellence,” said Mayor Ballard. “Over the past year, Citizens has strengthened this reputation by delivering tremendous value as it assumed responsibility for our community’s water and wastewater utilities. I am so pleased to celebrate this landmark anniversary together today.”

Citizens Energy Group was founded in November 1887 as Consumers Gas Trust when a group of civic leaders, including Colonel Eli Lilly, decided to create the trust to protect the new gas company and nearby natural gas deposits from takeover by Standard Oil. The trust’s founders also created a non-partisan governance structure to remove the company from the short-term pressures of partisan politics.

“Five generations of employees have worked hard to make Citizens known for providing safe, efficient and affordable utility services that contribute to economic development and enhance the quality of life in our community,” said Lykins.  “As we pause to celebrate our 125th anniversary, we are renewing our commitment to our vision: To fulfill the promise of the Trust to serve our customers and communities with unparalleled excellence and integrity.”

About Citizens Energy Group

Citizens Energy Group provides safe and reliable utility services to about 800,000 people in the Indianapolis area. Citizens operates its utilities only for the benefit of customers and the community. Additional information is available online at Facebook - Twitter - LinkedIn - YouTube

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