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EPRI recognizes 21 employees for leadership in innovation

The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) recently recognized employees from across the Southern Company system with its 2020 Technology Transfer Awards. Now in its 23rd year, these prestigious awards highlight leadership and excellence in collaborative research and development (R&D) initiatives for the energy industry.

Working individually and as teams, 21 winners were selected in EPRI’s generation and power delivery and utilization categories. Southern Company employees have been honored with the Technology Transfer Award every year since its inception.

EPRI award PDU

“Southern Company continues to shape the future of energy through a dedicated research and development organization, addressing the energy industry’s ever-evolving challenges” said Dr. Mark Berry, vice president, Southern Company R&D. “This year’s Technology Transfer Award winners join an impressively long line of employees who have provided thought leadership and valuable technical acumen to find solutions that deliver maximum value to the customers we serve.”

Southern Company’s award-winning projects focused on a variety of key industry issues, including unmanned aircraft systems for storm response, grid modernization road mapping, distributed energy resources requirements, practices and opportunities, the application of root cause findings to optimize generator operation, and more.

The winners are:

Power Delivery and Utilization Sector – Bob Cheney, Bobby Hawthorne, Wayne Hodges (Alabama Power); Patrick Harris, Ben Morris (Georgia Power); Tyler Amberson, Jason Autrey, Andrew Ingram, Donald Roberts, Beth Senkbeil, Justin Walters, Tracy West and Glenn Wilson (Southern Company Services)

Generation Sector – Ryan Fogg (Alabama Power); J. Scott Davis, Andy Kilgore, Randy Joe Miller and Hagen Scarborough (Mississippi Power); David Downs, Donna Hill, Nathan Ladner and Justin Walters (Southern Company Services)

Southern Company’s R&D efforts remain at the forefront of technology innovation for energy production, delivery and use. By collaborating with industry partners, governments, universities and others, Southern Company maximizes its R&D investment. Recognition from external research organizations, like EPRI, empower employees to better serve the company, its customers and its shareholders.

The award ceremonies were held virtually this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.