Iulia Gheorghiu, Utility Dive
Southern Company CEO Tom Fanning said on Thursday that its subsidiary, Georgia Power, will introduce concepts of resilience in its upcoming Integrated Resource Plan (IRP).
This is the first time that any of Southern's subsidiaries will model resilience in an IRP, Fanning told the crowd at the Bipartisan Policy Center's energy innovation event in Washington, DC. The CEO has been vocal about the need for physical and cyber security for grid assets and has supported the concept of maintaining coal and nuclear power generation for emergency power needs.
While Georgia Power’s IRP will be based on the traditional reliability standards, including resiliency in the discussion could lead to further study and a bigger role later, he told reporters.