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March 4, 2019
Southern Company employees recognized by EPRI
From left, GPC Power Delivery Sr. Vice President Danny Lindsey, SCS Grid Edge Technology and Development Vice President Leslie Sibert, MPC Market Specialist Ron Robertson, SCS R&D Director Tracy West, SCS Principal Engineer Elizabeth Bray, SCS Research Engineer Kuni Scissum, SCS Transmission and Distribution R&D Manager Jason Autrey, APC Distribution Engineering Services Manager Bobby Hawthorne, and GPC Distribution Support Manager Mike Pearman. Not pictured: SCS Equipment Services Supervisor Neil Hutchins.
The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently recognized employees from across the Southern Company system with the 2018 Technology Transfer Award. Now in its 21st year, the prestigious award highlights leadership and excellence in research and development initiatives for the energy industry. Southern Company employees have received the Technology Transfer Award every year since its inception.
“There is no better example of Southern Company’s ability to innovate and to lead than the EPRI Technology Transfer Award. With a combination of technical expertise, teamwork and vision, these employees address critical challenges for our business – and find solutions to provide our customers with clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy.”
Working individually and as teams, winners were selected in EPRI’s generation, power delivery and utilization, and energy and environment categories. Their efforts often involved collaboration across several Southern Company business units and subsidiaries.
Winning projects focused on a variety of key industry issues, including methods for improving grid operations, safety and electricity use, optimizing power plant performance, and maintaining solar photovoltaic panels.
Southern Company's 2018 Technology Transfer Award winners, listed by EPRI sector, are:
- Generation – Will Hobbs (Southern Company Services); Aaron Nickles and Tracy Underwood (Georgia Power)
- Power Delivery and Utilization – Jason Autrey, Elizabeth Bray, Neil Hutchins and Kuni Scissum (Southern Company Services); James Dorsten (Alabama Power); Lee Welch (Georgia Power); Ron Robertson (Mississippi Power)
- Energy and Environment – Donna Hill and Justin Walters (Southern Company Services)
Celebrating the 50th anniversary of its R&D organization in 2019, Southern Company remains at the forefront of technology innovation for energy production, delivery and use. With a diverse, industry-leading research portfolio, Southern Company advances emerging energy technologies to improve the lives of customers and build the future of energy.