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What the Southern Company Acquisition of AGLR Really Means


The announcement last month of Southern Company’s acquisition of Atlanta Gas Light Resources (“AGLR”) is more significant than two very large utility companies merging.  This transaction will have long term impacts on Georgia ratepayers and the utility industry.  First, ratepayers should anticipate applications for significant rate increases to be filed in 2016 by Georgia Power and Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC’s last rate case was in 2010) .  Second, the purchase of AGLR signals Southern Company’s plans to rely on natural gas for its generation needs for the long term.  Finally, say good-bye to more expensive nuclear development, although Vogtle Units 3 and 4 will be completed.


Georgia Power marks groundbreaking of SUBASE Kings Bay solar project

Leadership from the Department of the Navy, Georgia Power and the Georgia Public Service Commission break ground on a new 30 megawatt solar generation facility at Naval Submarine (SUBASE) Base Kings Bay near St. Marys, Georgia. The SUBASE Kings Bay solar project is the fourth on-base military project started by Georgia Power this year.Leadership from Georgia Power and the Department of the Navy (DON) joined elected officials, community leaders and other dignitaries at Naval Submarine Base (SUBASE) Kings Bay near St. Marys, Georgia to mark the start of construction of the company's newest on-base solar facility. The 30 megawatt (MW) AC solar generation facility is the fourth large-scale solar project with the military started by Georgia Power this year, joining three other 30 MW facilities currently under construction at U.S. Army bases Fort Gordon, Fort Stewart and Fort Benning.


Georgia Power's East Region receives STEM Education Award from Technology Association of Georgia

Georgia Power announced that the company's East Region has received a 2015 STEM Education Award in the Corporate Outreach category from the Technology Association of Georgia (TAG) and the TAG Education Collaborative.  The STEM Education Awards were created to recognize and celebrate outreach programs for outstanding efforts and achievement in supporting and promoting science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM, education in Georgia.


Georgia Power named a top utility for economic development

Georgia Power announced that the company has been named to Site Selection magazine's Top Utilities in North America for Economic Development list. The company has been named to the list consistently for nearly two decades and more times than any other utility. The list, released annually by the publication, recognizes utilities' efforts in economic development and includes analysis of corporate end-user project activity and submitted materials from utilities; website tools and data; innovative programs and incentives for business, including energy efficiency and renewable energy programs; and the utility's own job-creating infrastructure and facility investment trends. The list is featured in the September issue of Site Selection, available at


First Unit 3 Shield Building panels placed at Vogtle expansion

The first shield building panel being placed recently for Unit 3 at the Vogtle nuclear expansion near Waynesboro, Georgia. More than 160 individual steel panels will be placed for Unit 3Georgia Power announced the latest milestone in the Vogtle nuclear expansion – the recent placement of the first six shield building panels for Unit 3. The safe placement of the panels follows the heaviest "lift" of the project, the 2.28 million-pound Unit 3 CA01 module, earlier in August.


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