Dr. Richard A. Esposito is a veteran of the electrical utility industry with over 30 years of experience in various roles. He is currently Southern Company’s R&D Program Manager – Geosciences and Carbon Management and lead Southern Company’s strategic initiatives for Net Zero emission using CCUS technologies. Richard has a B.S. and M.S. degree in Geology and a Ph.D. in Engineering with focus on CO2-EOR. Prior to working at Southern Company, he worked as an environmental regulator. Richard serves on the Ph.D. research faculty, in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. He is currently the President of the Alabama Geological Society, Chair of the Energy Division of the Geological Society of America and serves on the Executive Committee for the International Energy Agency – Greenhouse Gas Program. He also participates in research need assessments related to carbon management for the US Department of Energy and with the National Petroleum Council.