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August 19, 2015 10:30 ET

Southern Co. CEO Tom Fanning to Headline Fortnightly Conference

RESTON, VA--(Marketwired - August 19, 2015) - Thomas A. Fanning, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, will headline a conference on the future of electric utilities in Scottsdale, AZ on November 17 -18. The conference, titled "Utilities in a Time of Change & Challenge," is being organized by the venerable utility publication, Public Utilities Fortnightly, and veteran utility journalist and publisher, Llewellyn King.

Fanning, who is also chair of the Federal Reserve Board of Atlanta, is regarded as one of the most influential players in utility transformation while still upholding the traditional electric utility model. Southern Company, which is composed of five operating companies, has been very forward-moving in supporting construction of the Vogtle nuclear plant, carbon capture and storage, coal gasification, and recently, entering the domestic solar market through its Georgia Power subsidiary.

"We are thrilled to have Tom Fanning joining us," King said. "I have been writing about the electric utility industry for 45 years, and I believe that it is in the throes of changes of great consequence to the industry, their shareholders and the public."

Other conference speakers, some of whom, like Fanning, see tremendous changes ahead for the utilities, include Ashley Brown of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group, author and consultant Steven Mitnick, and Brian Wolff, executive vice president of the Edison Electric Institute. Brown will weigh in against net metering and Brian Keane, president of SmartPower, will describe the ascent of solar and its future. Disagreement is inevitable.

The proximate cause of what is happening is the arrival of disruptive technologies, such as wind and solar, and new companies like SolarCity and Google in the utility space, King said.

"It is time for utilities to look to their future in a way that has not happened since passage of the Public Utilities Holding Company Act in 1935," he said.

To register for the conference, go to Public Utilities Fortnightly Website,

For further information, contact Llewellyn King at, or Public Utilities Fortnightly Publisher Joe Paparello at

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