EPRI announces new member to the board of directors

PALO ALTO, Calif. (Sept. 17, 2012) –- The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) announced the appointment of Mark Crosswhite, the chief operating officer of Southern Company, as a member of its Board of Directors.

Crosswhite oversees generation, transmission, engineering and construction services, system planning, research and environmental affairs, fleet operations and trading, Southern Power and Southern Wholesale Energy.

He joined Southern Company in 2004 as senior vice president and general counsel for Southern Company Generation.  Prior to joining the company, he was a partner in the law firm of Balch & Bingham LLP in Birmingham, Ala., where he practiced in the energy section for 17 years.

Crosswhite joined Alabama Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, in 2006 as senior vice president and counsel, where he oversaw the company’s legal matters.  In 2008, he was named executive vice president for external affairs at Alabama Power, directing regulatory affairs, economic and community development, public relations, environmental affairs, and governmental affairs.  He was elected president and chief executive officer at Gulf Power, another Southern subsidiary, in 2010.

“We are pleased to have a leader of Mark’s industry experience and vision to join our Board of Directors,” said Michael W. Howard, EPRI president and CEO. “His belief that technology offers the best solution to providing affordable, reliable and environmentally responsible electricity makes him well-suited to help guide our research efforts.”