HONOLULU, June 4, 2003 — Allen Franklin, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, Atlanta, was elected chairman of the Edison Electric Institute (EEI), the trade association of shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and associates worldwide.
The announcement was made here at EEI’s 71st annual meeting/expo, “Charting the Future Course.”
“I look forward to the challenge of helping lead our industry at a very critical time,” Franklin said in accepting the position. “As chairman, I intend to work diligently to help EEI continue its role as a public policy champion across the broad front of regulatory and legislative issues facing our industry.
“The coming year will be as challenging as any year on record,” Franklin continued. “Right now we are looking at comprehensive national energy legislation in the Senate, a landmark FERC rulemaking on wholesale power markets, and major new environmental regulations, just to name a few. There has never been a greater need for the industry to coalesce under the EEI umbrella on the public policy agenda, and I relish the opportunity to help accomplish that.”
Franklin will be backed up by EEI’s incoming chairs Wayne H. Brunetti, chairman, president and CEO of Minneapolis-based Xcel Energy Inc., who was elected first vice-chairman, and Michael G. Morris, chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities, Berlin, Conn., who was elected second vice-chairman.
As chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company, Franklin is responsible for Southern Company’s five southeastern U.S. operating companies-Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric-as well as a fast-growing competitive generation company and an energy services business, fiber optics and wireless communications.
Franklin is a native of Alabama and holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Alabama, completed Stanford University’s Executive Program, and is a registered professional engineer. He serves in leadership positions for several business and charitable organizations such as the Boy Scouts, Metro Atlanta Chamber of Commerce and the Georgia Chamber of Commerce.
As chairman, president and CEO of Xcel Energy Inc., Wayne Brunetti leads a company that serves electricity and natural gas customers in 12 states from Minnesota to Texas. He has distinguished himself as a leader in voluntarily reducing emissions at older power plants; proposing and enacting state-of-the-art emissions control improvements at several Denver-area plants and now proposing a similar plan at three Minneapolis-St. Paul area plants.
Brunetti serves on the National Petroleum Council, a key advisory body to U.S. Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham. He is active in several professional and civic groups and currently serves on EEI’s board of directors, executive committee, policy committee on energy services and policy committee on energy supply. He also serves on the board of directors of Medic Alert Foundation, the Minnesota Orchestral Association and St. Paul’s Capital City Partnership.
Brunetti holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration from the University of Florida, and is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Program for Management Development.
Michael Morris has been chairman, president and CEO of Northeast Utilities since 1997. Before joining NU, Morris was president and CEO of Consumers Energy, the principal subsidiary of CMS Energy, and president of CMS Marketing, Services and Trading. Previously, Morris was president of the Colorado Interstate Gas Company and executive vice president of ANR Pipeline Company, both subsidiaries of El Paso Energy.
Morris, a nationally recognized leader in the energy field, is active in a wide range of community and professional boards, organizations and task forces. He serves on the U.S. Department of Energy’s Electricity Advisory Board, the National Governors’ Association Task Force on Electricity Infrastructure and the Connecticut Governor’s Council on Economic Competitiveness and Technology. He is also a trustee of the Delta Sigma Phi Foundation, the Bushnell Overseers, and the Board of Regents of Eastern Michigan University.
Born in Fremont, Ohio, Morris graduated from Eastern Michigan University with both Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in science, and earned a law degree, cum laude, from the Detroit College of Law.
Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S. shareholder-owned electric companies, international affiliates and industry associates worldwide. Our U.S. members serve roughly 90 percent of the ultimate customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, nearly 70 percent of all electric utility ultimate customers in the nation, and generate nearly 70 percent of the electricity produced in the United States.