ATLANTA, Feb. 12, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Nearly two dozen Southern Company system employees have been recognized by the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) with its 2017 Technology Transfer Awards for demonstrating research and development excellence to solve significant industry issues.
This marks the 20th consecutive year Southern Company system employees have been honored with the highly regarded Technology Transfer Award since its inception in 1997.
"As the industry continues to experience unprecedented change, our employees are meeting the challenge with vision and innovation," said Southern Company Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Kimberly S. Greene. "The EPRI Technology Transfer Award recognizes their leadership and technical acumen in finding solutions that deliver clean, safe, reliable, affordable energy for the customers and communities we are privileged to serve."
This year, Southern Company's 21 Technology Transfer Award winners, who worked individually and as teams, were represented in every EPRI award category – generation, power delivery and utilization, energy and environment and nuclear. Many of the efforts involved collaboration of employees across multiple Southern Company business units and subsidiaries.
Winning projects focused on a variety of key industry issues, including solar photovoltaic adoption, cybersecurity and methods for optimizing power plant performance, costs and safety.
"Each of Southern Company's Technology Transfer Award recipients has demonstrated the collaborative ingenuity necessary to solve some of the electric industry's most pressing challenges," said Arshad Mansoor, EPRI's senior vice president of Research and Development. "The invaluable contributions of this year's recipients reflect Southern Company's continued commitment to shaping the future of energy through cutting-edge R&D."
Southern Company's 2017 Technology Transfer Award winners, listed by EPRI sector, are:
- Generation – Chethan Acharya (Southern Company Services), Josh Barron (Southern Company Services), Stephen Langham (Southern Company Services), Noah Meeks (Southern Company Services), Andrew Peleaz (Georgia Power), Dean Sheffield (Southern Power) and Thomas Wideman (Southern Company Services)
- Power Delivery and Utilization – Elaine Kwarcinski (Alabama Power), Christine Ledoux (Southern Company Services), Guy Palmer (Southern Company Services), Steve Sanders (Southern Company Services), Joseph Stewart (Mississippi Power) and Christopher Taylor (Southern Company Services)
- Energy and Environment – Dorian Afanador (Southern Company Services), Bill Garrett (Alabama Power), Jonathan Ponstein (Alabama Power), Tyler Sullens (Alabama Power) and Justin Walters (Southern Company Services)
- Nuclear – Ryan Joyce (Southern Nuclear), Gary Lofthus (Southern Nuclear) and Tim Wells (Southern Nuclear)
As an independent, nonprofit organization, EPRI's research is conducted in conjunction with scientists, engineers and experts from academia and industry. Its members represent around 90 percent of the electricity generated and delivered in the U.S., with international participation in more than 30 countries.
Known for its historic commitment to innovation, Southern Company remains at the forefront of research and development for the production, delivery and end-use of energy, managing approximately $2.3 billion in research and development investments since the 1960s.
About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is America's premier energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million electric and gas utility customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric utilities in four states, natural gas distribution utilities in seven states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity by DiversityInc, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. Visit our website at www.southerncompany.com.
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