As AMEA’s Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Alan Williford is responsible for ensuring continuity in the management and operations of the Authority. His primary responsibilities consist of AMEA’s long-term power supply needs, which include management of power supply contracts, contract negotiations, evaluation of alternative sources of power supply and maintaining the value of the members SEPA resource; longterm load forecasting; production cost modeling; wholesale rate design; corporate modeling software systems; development of new rate riders; delivery point additions; reliability of delivery point transmission services; management of the Network
Integrated Transmission Services Agreement with Southern Company Services, Inc.; information technology services; supervisory control and data acquisition services; and, management of the corporate facilities.
Mr. Williford joined AMEA in January 1999 as an Engineer II to work with AMEA staff in developing its long-term power supply needs. This included development of AMEA’s power supply needs, analysis and evaluation of several competitive power supply offers, and the negotiation of AMEA’s power supply contract with Alabama Power Company (APCo) that went into effect Jan. 1, 2006. Subsequent efforts include negotiations, analysis and development of AMEA’s Amended and Restated Power Supply Agreement with APCo, which went into effect Jan. 1, 2013; as well as an amendment providing for the incorporation of 100 MWs of utility-scale solar to the agreement, effective Aug. 22, 2018; negotiations, analysis and development of AMEA’s Purchase Power Agreement with Morgan Stanley Group, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2024; negotiations, analysis and development of AMEA’s Power Purchase Agreement with Lightsource BP for the 100 MW solar plant, which will go into service in June 2022; and negotiations and development of two power purchase agreements, which will go into service in January 2026.
Mr. Williford was the initial project manager for the AMEA-Sylacauga Plant. The AMEA- Sylacauga Plant is a peaking power generation plant and is AMEA’s first and only generating facility. He also worked on the Alabama Fuel Cell Demonstration Project at the Mercedes-Benz Plant in Vance, AL.
Mr. Williford has over 35 years of experience in the electric utility industry. His experience spans the areas of relay and control, system protection, substation construction and commissioning, and supervisor control and data acquisition (SCADA), and power supply.
Prior to joining AMEA, Mr. Williford worked for Oglethorpe Power Corporation and transitioned to Georgia Transmission Corporation following what is referred to as the unbundling of electric services (8 years). His role was initially that of an ECS (Energy Control System) Test Engineer and he later became the Manager of Electronics Maintenance. In this role, he was responsible for the operation and maintenance of over 450 remote terminal units and over 700 electronic meters for the Oglethorpe Power system.
Mr. Williford also worked with Mississippi Power & Light, where he was a System Operations & Construction Engineer. In this role, Mr. Williford commissioned numerous distribution substation projects; performed the protective relay coordination for the Mississippi Power & Light transmission system; and was responsible for protective relay scheme testing at the Grand Gulf Nuclear Station 500 kV switchyard.
Mr. Williford started as a co-op engineering student with Gulf Power Company in Pensacola, FL, in the Relay & Control Department.
He served two terms as president, vice president and secretary of the Southeastern Federal Power Customers (SeFPC) Inc. Mr. Williford continues to remain active in the organization on behalf of AMEA’s 11 Members. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the Water Storage Reallocation Committee, and as a member of the Contracts Committee. SeFPC represents the hydropower interests of cooperatives and municipal systems in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia, which serve over six million customers.
He was appointed to the Governing Board of the Apalachicola-Chattahoochee-Flint (ACF) Stakeholders in May 2015. The mission of the ACF Stakeholders is to change the operation and management of the ACF Basin.
In October 2017, he was appointed to the Transmission Access Policy Study (TAPS) group as a representative for AMEA. In October 2021, he was appointed treasurer of the TAPS group.
Mr. Williford holds a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Alabama. He and his wife, Sandra, reside in Montgomery, AL.