Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity, has been named the recipient of the 2014 National Award of Nuclear Science and History, which is presented annually by National Atomic Museum Foundation to a prominent person or entity that has had an impact on nuclear issues. The award will be presented at the 17th annual Einstein Society Gala on March 29, 2014, at Hotel Albuquerque in Old Town.
Southern Company, based in Atlanta, is a leading U.S. producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity. It owns electric utilities in four states and is a licensed operator of three nuclear generating plants. Southern Company subsidiary Georgia Power is building two of the first new nuclear units in a generation of Americans with the construction of Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 in Georgia. Southern Company subsidiary Southern Nuclear is overseeing the construction and will operate the 1,100-megawatt units for Georgia Power and co-owners Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia and Dalton Utilities.
Southern Nuclear currently operates Plant Vogtle’s two existing nuclear power units, as well as Georgia Power’s Plant Hatch and Alabama Power’s Plant Farley. These facilities provide 20 percent of the electricity used in Alabama and Georgia. Southern Company received the 2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new nuclear development and is continually ranked among the top utilities in Fortune’s annual World’s Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings.
“It is a great honor to recognize the contributions of such a high-achieving company,” said Jim Walther, Museum Director. “Southern Company is the only utility company dedicated to developing the full portfolio of resources for America’s energy future, and its leadership and commitment to new nuclear development has been monumental to the nuclear industry.”
This will be the seventeenth year the National Atomic Museum Foundation has bestowed the award. The award celebrates the wide scope of achievement and commitment to furthering scientific endeavors made by individuals in areas of military leadership, medical technology, public policy and government, energy sciences, education and space exploration.
Southern Nuclear Chairman, President and CEO Steve E. Kuczynski, will be accepting the award on behalf of Southern Company. Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI) President and CEO, Marv Fertel, will introduce Kuczynski.
Congresswoman Michelle Lujan-Grisham, Representative for the 1st District of New Mexico, will attend the event as a guest speaker to recognize the Museum’s achievement of receiving accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums, the highest national recognition for a museum. Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum, to governments, funders, outside agencies and to the museum-going public.
The Einstein Society Gala is the largest fundraising event for the Museum each year. The evening, beginning at 6:00 pm, includes dinner and dancing as well as a silent auction. Proceeds benefit the Museum’s STEM educational programs.
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