Georgia Power names Berry as v.p. of environmental affairs

ATLANTA, Sept. 16, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Georgia Power announced today that Dr. Mark Berry has been named vice president of Environmental Affairs.

Dr. Berry replaces Ron Shipman, who was recently named vice president of Georgia Power’s Central Region.  Prior to joining Georgia Power, Dr. Berry served as director in the generation sector at the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) where he led research and development efforts in renewable energy, water management, carbon capture and storage, and advanced fossil generation areas.

“Mark’s deep technical experience and understanding of complex environmental issues will help Georgia Power navigate through this era of increasing rules and regulations impacting our business,” said Chris Cummiskey, executive vice president of External Affairs for Georgia Power. “He is a true thought leader for our industry and brings an incredible amount of insight and expertise to the role.”

Prior to joining EPRI, Dr. Berry spent nearly two decades with Southern Company, including manager of Environmental Assessment for the company’s Research and Environmental Affairs organization, as well as director of Research and Technology Management. In these roles, he managed the company’s regulatory response to federal rulemaking activity and the environmental science research program, as well as research efforts around emissions controls; energy efficiency; renewables; power delivery; central station generation; and carbon-capture utilization and storage. Berry also served as director of energy and environment at the Southern Research Institute and as a surface warfare officer in the U.S. Navy with the rank of lieutenant commander.

Dr. Berry holds a bachelor’s in mathematics from Alabama A&M University, bachelor’s and master’s degrees in mechanical engineering, as well as a doctorate in interdisciplinary engineering, from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He also retains a master’s in public and private management from Birmingham Southern College, is a registered professional engineer and holds multiple patents related to power plant emission control.

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