Southern PowerSecure Holdings CEO Sidney Hinton Announces Retirement; Mark Lantrip Assumes Role to Implement Company's Vision for the Future of Energy

ATLANTA, Oct. 31, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Southern Company today announced that Sidney Hinton, CEO of Southern PowerSecure Holdings and its subsidiary, PowerSecure, is retiring effective Oct. 31. Hinton will be succeeded at Southern PowerSecure Holdings by Mark Lantrip, who will continue as chairman, president and CEO of Southern Power.

PowerSecure, the largest deployer of microgrids in the U.S., not only will continue to lead in energy infrastructure solutions, but it will drive the industry forward by redefining system resilience. Under Lantrip's leadership, PowerSecure will seek to increase implementation and adoption of its cutting-edge distributed infrastructure. Complete with advanced smart grid capabilities, microgrid controls, proprietary storage, switchgear and service solutions, PowerSecure is meeting the evolving, technology-driven energy requirements of customers in the digital economy.

The combined capabilities of subsidiaries PowerSecure, Southern Power (wholesale energy and clean energy solutions provider) and Sequent Energy Management (comprehensive fuel management capability) give Southern Company the ability to employ a cohesive force to conceive, build, develop and execute cutting-edge energy solutions for commercial, industrial, municipal, federal, state and military customers across the U.S.

Joining the PowerSecure leadership team in the implementation and achievement of this vision will be Jim Smith, as Group Executive for Distributed Infrastructure and Energy Efficiency Services; Christine Thom as CFO; Sam Newberry as President of PowerSecure Lighting and Tommy Kellogg as President of Utility Infrastructure. Smith, Thom, Newberry and Kellogg have held numerous leadership roles within Southern Company.

About PowerSecure
Southern Company subsidiary PowerSecure is a leading provider of utility and energy technologies to electric utilities, and their industrial, institutional and commercial customers. PowerSecure provides products and services in the areas of distributed generation, storage and renewables, energy efficiency and utility infrastructure. The company is a pioneer in developing distributed generation power systems with sophisticated smart grid capabilities and microgrid controls, including the ability to forecast electricity demand and electronically deploy the systems to deliver more efficient, and environmentally friendly, power at peak power times; provide utilities with dedicated electric power generation capacity to utilize for demand response purposes; and provide customers with the most dependable standby power in the industry. PowerSecure has over 1,500 distributed generation systems installed across the U.S. For more information, visit

About Southern Company
Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is nationally recognized as a leading energy company, with 46,000 megawatts of generating capacity and 1,500 billion cubic feet of combined natural gas consumption and throughput volume serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries as of December 31, 2017. We operate nearly 200,000 miles of electric transmission and distribution lines and more than 80,000 miles of natural gas pipeline as of December 31, 2017. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through electric operating companies in four states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers in 11 states across America and a nationally recognized provider of customized energy solutions, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. We are building the future of energy by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technology. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, recognized among the Top 50 Companies for Diversity and the No. 1 Company for Progress by DiversityInc and designated as one of America's Best Employers by Forbes magazine. Visit our website at


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