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Careers in Energy week Oct. 13-19


PowerSouth’s employees make a difference each day in the lives of more than 1 million people in south Alabama and northwest Florida. A career in the energy industry is rewarding, technology-driven and contributes to almost every aspect of life.

National “Careers in Energy Week” is Oct. 13-19, celebrating energy careers of all varieties.  The Week, sponsored by the Center for Energy Workforce Development (CEWD), was created in 2010 to increase the public’s awareness of energy careers through a concerted nationwide effort.

PowerSouth employs 582 men and women with degrees or technical training in a variety of fields. The company also promotes energy careers throughout the year via plant tours, presentations to civic groups and schools, as well as public events. PowerSouth takes advantage of opportunities to share how it operates, the important role it plays in the local economy and the advantages of cooperative employment.

“After graduation, the rest of a person’s life will involve employment in some type of job,” said Debbie Bracewell, PowerSouth Human Resources Manager. “Whenever possible, we like to be a part of events that introduce the worthwhile careers in the energy industry that benefit the employee and the community, enforcing PowerSouth’s dedication to the communities we serve.”

While PowerSouth’s linemen serve primarily as the company’s public face, it takes many more employees to run a generation and transmission co-op. PowerSouth employs accountants, key accounts representatives who work with commercial and industrial members; billing clerks and governmental professionals who cultivate relationships with local, state and national opinion leaders and keep them updated on issues important to the co-op and the communities it serves; staking technicians and engineers who plot where new power lines will be built; and communicators, information technology professionals and warehouse staff. The core of PowerSouth’s workforce are the employees who work to maintain operations at each of the company’s generation facilities.

“Not-for-profit, consumer-owned co-ops offer competitive salaries and benefits in a time when many companies are scaling back,” said Lynda Carnley, PowerSouth Human Resources Coordinator. “We offer a stable work environment. Many employees start here and stay here throughout their career.”

PowerSouth is an equal opportunity employer that takes affirmative action to employ and advance in employment of individuals without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, protected veteran status or disability.

“Our goal is to align future operations and staffing requirements with strategic goals to create an organization that will achieve PowerSouth’s vision for the future,” said Bracewell.



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