INTERSECT: Energy Policy and Innovation

The Southeast's position as a hub for clean energy innovation was a major focus of Georgia Tech's recent INTERSECT energy, policy and innovation conference. Southern Company sponsored the event that brought together more than 160 invited thought leaders and senior representatives from industry, academia and nongovernmental organizations for a dialogue about the future of society, energy and innovation.

Former U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz addressed the audience in a keynote speech and joined a host of other speakers to explore the industry's most-pressing challenges and opportunities. Key themes included “energy in the information age” and “energy in a carbon-constrained world.”

Southern Company Chairman, President and CEO Tom Fanning and Chief Operating Officer Kim Greene led vibrant discussions about the importance of striking a balance between customers, the economy and the environment in creating policy and innovative new technologies to better serve our communities.

In a summary of the event, energy consulting firm ScottMadden observed that the Southeast “provides a significant opportunity for leading innovation and solutions because its regulated structure enables bold, transformative solutions.” (Read the full report)

“The speakers and panels of INTERSECT showcased the technological, political and customer forces that are now shaping the extraordinary change in the energy industry, and the Southeast seems well suited to lead in meeting the challenge of that change,” said ScottMadden founding partner Tom Madden.

INTERSECT marked the official launch of Georgia Tech’s Energy, Policy and Innovation Center – part of the institution’s Strategic Energy Institute. The American Energy Innovation Council and Siemens were co-sponsors of the gathering, along with Southern Company.