Energy Evolution: Leadership, Vision and Synergies from 1990 to Present
- May 5, 2019 6:35 pm GMT
I began working within the Electric industry in 1990 as a software consultant for Digital Equipment Corp, assigned to Southern Company, to work on Southern’s EMS 2000 project. I was new to the electric industry and knew nothing about electricity operations. I was totally green, but I worked with some patient, knowledgeable leaders, both technical and executive in Southern Company, mostly Alabama Power, Georgia Power and Southern Company Services, who were willing to educate me, and I am forever grateful to these people. Over the years I’ve watched deregulation in both the Natural Gas and Electric Industries evolve and mature, and I think of the wise leaders who led us through those trying times; Regulators with firm resolve to make deregulation work as expected, Industry Executives who had to lead, provide vision and long-term commitment and technical people, like myself, who were tasked with implementation and some “new comers”, i.e. Energy Suppliers and Aggregators that represented a disruption to the status-quo. These were trying times, but the industry leaders, regulators and “new comers” were all willing to work together, along with other stakeholders, to reach a consensus-based solution that the new and old players could live with, and regulators deemed acceptable steps in the “right direction” for deregulation.
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