Bruce Edelston was appointed vice president, energy policy with Atlanta- based energy provider Southern Company in March 2016. In this position he is responsible for helping the company develop and coordinate a response to policy issues across its various operating companies and subsidiaries and for supporting state and federal policy efforts.
Prior to rejoining Southern Company, Edelston was president of the Energy Policy Group, a consulting firm he founded to provide technical and policy advice on current strategic issues to utilities, law firms, energy companies and government agencies. While at the Energy Policy Group, Edelston also served as executive director of the Coalition for Fair Transmission Policy and as president of the Electric Markets Research Foundation.
Prior to founding the Energy Policy Group, Edelston held previous positions at Southern Company, with his last role being director of energy policy. At Southern Company and subsidiary Georgia Power, Edelston had responsibilities for developing corporate policy positions on industry structure and environmental issues and responding to federal and state legislative and regulatory initiatives.
Before then, he held several positions at the Edison Electric Institute, where he was involved in legislative and regulatory initiatives involving transmission access, industry structure, markets and state regulatory policy. He also has prior experience with Charles River Associates (CRA) International and the Westinghouse Electric Corporation. He holds a B.S. degree in electric engineering/engineering and public policy and an M.S. degree in urban and public affairs, both from Carnegie Mellon University.