About Us

Energy Institute of Alabama

Our vision is to combine Alabama’s research and development assets with our natural resources to strengthen the energy industry, to serve our customers, and to meet demands and create economic growth for our state by promoting public policies that ensure reliable, affordable and clean energy for Alabamians.

Seth HammettEIA Chairman

Seth Hammett is a native of Covington County, Ala., and serves as Vice President of Business Development for PowerSouth Energy. He was a member of the Alabama House of Representatives for 32 years, including 12 years as Speaker of the House. Upon his retirement from the Alabama Legislature in 2010, Hammett was named Speaker Emeritus.

In 2011, Gov. Robert Bentley asked Hammett to serve as Director of the Alabama Development Office (now the Alabama Department of Commerce) where he led Alabama’s economic development efforts and established a strategic economic development plan – Accelerate Alabama. He also served in the Bentley administration as Chief of Staff. Hammett held these posts concurrently with his position at PowerSouth Energy.

Earlier in his career, Hammett founded First National Bank of Andalusia (now Wells Fargo) and taught at Lurleen B. Wallace Community College, where he rose through the ranks from instructor to president. Upon his retirement from the college, he was named President Emeritus.

A graduate of Auburn University, Hammett earned undergraduate and graduate degrees in business administration. He holds honorary doctorates from Troy University and the University of West Alabama.

Our mission is to promote reliable, affordable and clean energy to help grow our economy, create high-paying jobs, and build public support for Alabama’s energy industry.

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