Obama to choose Nobel winner for TVA board

AP News
Posted: Dec 10, 2009 7:30 PM

President Barack Obama said Thursday he planned to nominate to the Tennessee Valley Authority Board of Directors a professor who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize.

The White House announced the president's plans to nominate Marilyn A. Brown for one of two vacant seats on the nine-member board.

She shared the Nobel prize for her work with the United Nations Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Former Vice President Al Gore was another winner, all honored for sounding the alarm over global warming and spreading awareness about how to counteract it.

Since 2006, Brown has been a professor of energy policy at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Before that, she worked at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, managing an energy efficiency research and development program.

The nomination must be confirmed by the U.S. Senate.

In 2006, she helped launch the Southeast Energy Efficiency Alliance.

Brown has written more than 200 publications, including the recently published book "Energy and American Society: Thirteen Myths."

At the Oak Ridge lab, she co-led the report Scenarios for a Clean Energy Future, described by the White House as a "cornerstone of engineering-economic analysis of low-carbon energy options for the United States."

Brown also is a commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy.

TVA is the nation's largest public utility serving nearly 9 million customers in Tennessee, Alabama, Mississippi, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and Virginia.