WASHINGTON, D.C.—Southern Co. today received the electric utility industry’s highest honor when it was announced they’ve been awarded the 85th Annual Edison Electric Institute Edison Award; the first time the company has been so honored. Following is a statement from the Nuclear Energy Institute’s Marvin Fertel, president and CEO.
“The nuclear industry offers its heartiest congratulations to Southern Co., which has met every challenge in leading the way to turn decades of preparation for new U.S. nuclear plants into a reality. The Edison Award encompasses the entire electricity generating industry with competition from outstanding companies. To be singled out for this award named in honor of Thomas Alva Edison signifies reaching the pinnacle of excellence for which Southern Co. can be very proud.
“Southern CEO Tom Fanning has said the award was the result of a team effort in which the company’s thousands of employees and partners should all share in this recognition. Tom’s leadership and commitment to excellence are critical to shaping this project to build advanced reactors that will provide reliable and affordable low-carbon electricity for decades to come.
“When the new reactors at Plant Vogtle begin operating later this decade to power a growing economy in the southeast, our industry and Georgia’s consumers will owe Tom Fanning, Southern Co. and its partners a debt of gratitude for their leadership and vision.”