Keynote Speaker

Virgil George Hobbs III

Administrator & Chief Executive at US Department of Energy, Southeastern Power Administration


Virgil Hobbs is the Administrator and Chief Executive for the Southeastern Power Administration (Southeastern). He is honored to have held the position since August 2, 2020.

Mr. Hobbs was born and raised in Fallston, Maryland.  He was cultured at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina and received a Bachelor’s of Science in Electrical Engineering.

Mr. Hobbs served four years as a commissioned officer in the United States Navy aboard USS Trippe, FF-1075.  He managed various engineering divisions responsible for the operations and maintenance of the fossil fueled main propulsion and power generation plant.

Mr. Hobbs held managerial and technical positions for nearly 20 years with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  His final assignment was the Hartwell Project Operations Manager with Savannah District.  His primary responsibility was prioritizing and balancing resources for competing authorized purposes of hydropower, navigation, flood risk management, environmental stewardship, water supply and recreation.

Prior to his selection as Administrator, Mr. Hobbs served nine years as Southeastern’s Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Administrator for Finance & Marketing.  He was responsible for overseeing federal hydropower investment repayment studies and power rate formulation, customer liaison, budget execution/development, public affairs program, power/transmission contract management and customer funding of capital infrastructure.

Mr. Hobbs has been married to Mary Ann for 34 years, she and two daughters, Ali and Abigail, are graduates of Clemson University.  The Hobbs family call Anderson, South Carolina home and attend Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.  He is a thespian in local community theater.

Southeastern is one of four U.S. Department of Energy Power Marketing Administrations and is headquartered in Elberton, Georgia.  Southeastern markets 3,392 megawatts of capacity and nine billion kilowatt-hours of energy generated annually from 22 federal hydroelectric facilities.  Power revenues average $300 million each year collected from 191 electric cooperatives and       280 municipalities in ten southern states between the Atlantic Ocean and the Mississippi River.

Confirmed Panels

Energy Equity


Dr. Dylan Brewer

Assistant Professor, School of Economics @ Georgia Institute of Technology

Maggie Kelly-Riggins

Senior Program Manager, Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance​​

Kaiya Murphy

Energy Associate, Partnership for Southern Equity

Dr. Valerie Thomas

Professor, H. Milton Stewart School of Industrial and Systems Engineering, and
School of Public Policy @ Georgia Institute of Technology


Nuclear Energy


Mike Goff

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, U.S. Department of Energy’s Office of Nuclear Energy

Maria Korsnick

Chief Executive Officer, Nuclear Energy Institute


John Williams

Vice President of Business Operations, Southern Nuclear Plants Vogtle 3&4

Sam Woolsey

Mechanical Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology Class of 2027​​