Michael Britt

VP, Energy Innovation Center | Southern Company

Michael Britt is vice president of the Southern Company Energy Innovation Center, located in Atlanta’s Technology Square.

Under Britt’s direction, the center focuses on developing and commercializing products and services that benefit customers as Southern Company extends its long-standing commitment to inventing the future of clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy.

The Energy Innovation Center is one aspect of Southern Company’s enterprise-wide approach to innovation, which includes the advancement of new nuclear in Georgia and an industry-leading commitment to robust research and development.

Prior to rejoining Southern Company – where he held multiple positions during the 1990s – Britt served as partner and utilities practice leader for the southeastern U.S. with Oliver Wyman Inc., based in Atlanta. In that role, he focused on market and growth strategies, acquisition strategy and due diligence, energy infrastructure, distributed energy, public policy, technology development and customer experience/retail strategy.

Prior to that, he served as chief operating officer for Accenture’s Atlanta-based North American utilities strategy practice, managing practice operations and development initiatives. He also served as president and chief operating officer of LecStar Telecom Inc., also in Atlanta.

While at Southern Company during the late 1990s, Britt served as assistant to the chief information officer, director of mass market strategy and vice president of the company’s Southern Telecom subsidiary. Prior to that, he served as manager of strategic services, utilities and telecom practices for Accenture in San Francisco and Atlanta, as well as manager of utility and telecom practices for PA Consulting in Atlanta.

While at Accenture, Britt earned the company’s highest honor for strategic achievement, the Ken Ernst Worldwide Innovation Award. He has served as vice president of Competitive Carriers of the South (CompSouth), a federal and state lobbying and joint regulatory organization, and is the author of numerous articles and papers on the continuing evolution of the electric utility industry.