Kenneth Nemeth

Secretary and Executive Director, Southern States Energy Board

Kenneth J. Nemeth has served as the Southern States Energy Board’s Secretary and Executive Director since February 1975.  He is responsible for the direction, formulation, development, demonstration, and implementation of all Board programs. He currently serves as the Principal Investigator for the Board’s research and demonstration programs funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, including the Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration Partnership, the largest of seven regional initiatives funded by the U.S. Department of Energy with over 100 participating organizations. 

During Ken Nemeth’s tenure, the Board has undertaken initiatives in a wide range of energy and environmental policy and technology areas.  These include the creation of international partnerships and coalitions for clean energy, environmental protection, and economic development.  His diplomatic and political skills have facilitated joint partnerships throughout the world.  In the 1970's, he was responsible for developing a partnership with the state of Nuevo Leon, Mexico, to examine the potential for importing natural gas.  From 1978-82 he developed, organized and funded the Southern Solar Energy Center through a grant with the U.S. Department of Energy.  During the 90's his leadership enabled the southern region to develop successful collaborative initiatives with the Republic of Uzbekistan, the Federative Republic of Brazil, the Industrial Estates Authority of Thailand, and the Republic of Viet Nam.