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For Immediate Release

July 9, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Peanut Commission
Jessie Bland, 229-386-3472, jessie@gapeanuts.com

Georgia Peanut Commission hosting 2025 calendar photo contest featuring peanut farms from across the state

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission is hosting a photo contest through Oct. 1, 2024, featuring peanut farms from across the state to fill the pages of the 2025 Georgia Peanut Calendar. Photos will also be selected to be used in various promotional projects by GPC throughout the year.

Georgia farmers are encouraged to submit their best high-resolution photo from throughout the growing season. Winning entries will be selected for each month of the calendar, as well as the cover page. Below are tips to consider when selecting a photo to enter:

  • Make sure the photo is not offensive and avoid photos with large, easy to read corporate logos.
  • Think about the months of the year and select photos that represent them. For example, land prep work in the winter, planting in the spring, irrigation in the summer and harvest in the fall.
  • Make sure photos are taken in horizontal format, so they will fill the entire page of the calendar.
  • Showcase your family (young and old) and what being a Georgia peanut farmer means to you.
  • Choose a photo you feel helps others understand more about how you care for the crop they love.

Photo entries must be taken during the 2022, 2023 or 2024 peanut crop year and feature peanut production. Entries must also be high resolution (300 dpi), horizontal and not taken with a phone; otherwise, they may be disqualified. Please submit photos in .jpg format with the online entry form provided on www.gapeanuts.com by Oct. 1, 2024, for consideration. Winning entries will be entered for a chance to win a Visa gift card. Visit www.gapeanuts.com for complete details.


For Immediate Release

July 9, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia Power crews to assist Texas-New Mexico Power with Hurricane Beryl restoration

A team of more than 50 employees are en route to Texas City, including line crews, engineers, safety and support personnel

(ATLANTA – July 9, 2024) – Hurricane Beryl made landfall early Monday morning near Matagorda, Texas, causing severe damage to homes, business and infrastructure, and widespread power outages. As part of its severe weather preparations, Georgia Power creates mutual agreements with other utilities to send and receive help when natural disasters strike.

Last night, Georgia Power sent a team of more than 50 company personnel and contract teams to assist Texas-New Mexico Power in its recovery efforts. Georgia Power’s restoration workforce includes line crews, engineers, safety and support personnel from around the state.

Georgia Power is a member of the mutual assistance network, which consists of utilities from around the country. As part of this partnership, Georgia Power is able to respond and offer assistance, providing reinforcements when needed to restore power quickly for other utilities. The company is also able to tap into this mutual assistance network if additional resources are needed to help restore power to Georgia Power customers following a major storm. During Hurricanes Michael and Irma, Georgia Power received assistance from other utilities.

“We are proud of our crews who enthusiastically head into difficult conditions to restore power for those impacted by this devastating hurricane,” said Storm Center Manager Jason Stott. “With each request for assistance from other states, the company ensures that it has sufficient coverage to respond to potential local service interruptions at home.”

Stott added: “Above all else, safety is our top value. Just as we are prepared, we encourage our customers to have an emergency plan this hurricane season that helps their families stay safe and be ready for storms. Georgia Power teams remain prepared to respond to service interruptions that might occur because of severe weather and continually monitors the weather for potential impacts.”

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premiere energy company. Value, reliability, customer service and stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower [facebook.com]), (X  [x.com/GeorgiaPower]) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power[instagram.com]).


For Immediate Release

July 3, 2024

CONTACT: National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Dawn Brosnan, 912-988-1847, dbrosnan@mightyeighth.org

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Wins Tripadvisor Traveler’s Choice Award 2024

Chatham County, GA, July 2024 – The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is pleased to announce that it has been recognized in Tripadvisor’s® Travelers’ Choice® Awards for 2024. The award honors businesses that consistently earn great reviews, placing them among the top 10% of listings worldwide on Tripadvisor.

Tripadvisor has unparalleled authority with travelers and diners as the world’s largest travel guidance platform. This award is based on genuine feedback from anyone in the community who has visited and left an authentic, first-hand review on Tripadvisor over 12 months, making it a valuable and trustworthy designation of great places to visit.

“We are incredibly grateful for the positive feedback from our visitors,” says Director of Communications and Marketing, Dawn Brosnan. “Their enjoyment and reviews drive the museum’s recognition as one of the top 10% of attractions worldwide. Without visitor support, this achievement wouldn’t have been possible. Thank you for making the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force a must-visit destination,”

“Congratulations to the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force on its recognition in Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice Awards for 2024,” said John Boris, Chief Growth Officer at Tripadvisor. “Travelers’ Choice honors businesses that consistently demonstrate a commitment to hospitality excellence. This means you have made such a memorable impact on your visitors that many of them took the time to go online and leave a great review about their experience. People rely on Tripadvisor’s Travelers’ Choice seal to help them navigate the myriad of things to see, eat and do across the globe. We hope this recognition continues to drive business to you in 2024 and beyond.”

Check out all the reviews and discover more about the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force here: Tripadvisor Listing.

About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The Museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor, and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The Museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts, and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force. Their sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.

Museum highlights include a fully restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and the multimedia “Mission Experience,” an immersive simulated bombing mission in a special theater utilizing actual combat footage.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Tue-Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun, Noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (912) 748-8888 or www.mightyeighth.org.

About Tripadvisor

Tripadvisor, the world’s largest travel guidance platform*, helps millions of people each month** become better travelers, from planning to booking to taking a trip. Travelers across the globe use the Tripadvisor site and app to discover where to stay, what to do and where to eat based on guidance from those who have been there before. With more than 1 billion reviews and contributions, travelers turn to Tripadvisor to find deals on accommodations, book experiences, reserve tables at delicious restaurants and discover great places nearby.

Tripadvisor LLC is a wholly owned subsidiary of Tripadvisor, Inc. (Nasdaq: TRIP). The subsidiaries of Tripadvisor, Inc. own and operate a portfolio of travel media brands and businesses, operating under various websites and apps, including the following:

www.bokun.io, www.cruisecritic.com, www.flipkey.com, www.thefork.com, www.helloreco.com, www.holidaylettings.co.uk, www.jetsetter.com, www.niumba.com, www.seatguru.com, www.viator.com.

* Source: SimilarWeb, unique users de-duplicated monthly, September 2023

** Source: Tripadvisor internal log file


For immediate release

July 2, 2024

Contact: Kim Broun, kim.broun@georgiaemc.com, 770-270-6990

Georgia’s EMCs Prepare for Above-Average Hurricane Season

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is predicting an 85% chance of an above-normal hurricane season in 2024, with an estimated 17-25 named storms, 8-13 of which may have the potential to turn into hurricanes. Four to seven of those storms are predicted to be a Category 3+.

This will be the eighth season of the last 10 years to be above the 1991-2020 average for hurricanes.

According to the NOAA, the upcoming Atlantic hurricane season is expected to have above-normal activity due to a confluence of factors, including near-record warm ocean temperatures in the Atlantic Ocean, development of La Nina conditions in the Pacific, reduced Atlantic trade winds and less wind shear, all of which tend to favor tropical storm formation.

Unfortunately, when strong storms blow through, power outages follow. Electric Membership Cooperatives (EMCs) across Georgia are preparing now to make sure they have materials on hand to repair lines following a major storm.

“EMCs work well in advance of hurricane season to make sure they have enough materials on hand,” said Harry Reeves, vice president of training and safety at Georgia EMC. “When hurricanes move through, it can cause severe damage to power lines, so EMCs make a point to have extra power poles, transformers and wire available to replace damaged lines and get the power flowing as quickly and safely as possible.”

In addition to materials, Georgia’s EMCs have a plan to get additional electric lineman to the state to help restore power through mutual aid agreements.

“EMCs in Georgia have always helped fellow co-ops during emergencies and times of crisis,” said Reeves, “The same happens for neighboring states when Georgia’s power lines are hit hard from a storm. Linemen feel a sense of obligation and have a history of working with cooperatives across the region to help restore service as quickly and safely as possible.”

The 2024 hurricane season runs from June 1 – November 30. As our EMCs across the state prepare, EMC members should prepare for hurricane season as well.

Early Preparation:

  • Make an Emergency Plan. Take time to develop an emergency plan for your family. Identify your safe space and let every family member know their role in case of emergency. For guidance on creating a storm plan, visit ready.gov/plan.
  • Know Your Family’s Medical Needs: If you or a family member require electricity to power medically necessary equipment, be sure to have a plan in case of power failure. This equipment may need battery backup or a generator to function. In the case a battery backup or generator will not be able to provide enough power needed for a lengthy outage, have a second emergency location identified.
  • Prepare an emergency storm kit. Every home should have an easily accessible storm kit with household essentials. Be sure to include items such as food, water, medications, flashlights, batteries and a weather radio. For guidance, visit ready.gov/kit.

As the Storm Approaches:

  • Protect your home. Secure windows and doors and move loose items inside.
  • Fill Your Tank: It is always good to fill your car with gasoline in preparation for a lengthy outage. This can serve as another charging source for your devices while your home is without power.
  • Activate Your Medical Plan: Now is the time to charge battery backup devices for medically necessary equipment. Alternately, consider temporarily relocating to an area less likely to lose power due to the storm.
  • Stay updated. Keep up with storm updates for your area by checking weather apps, local TV stations and websites like weather.gov. Follow your local EMC and news outlets on social media for timely updates.
  • Know How to Report Outages: Outages can be reported by phone, website and email at most EMCs. Make sure you know the most efficient way for you to report a power outage.

About Georgia EMC
Georgia EMC is the statewide trade association representing the state’s 41 electric cooperatives, Oglethorpe Power Corp., Georgia Transmission Corp. and Georgia System Operations Corp.  Collectively, Georgia’s customer-owned co-ops provide electricity and related services to 4.4 million people, nearly half of Georgia’s population, across 73 percent of the state’s land area. To learn more, visit www.georgiaemc.com and follow us on Facebook and X.


For Immediate Release

June 25, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia Power expands Income-Qualified Discount to assist thousands of additional customers

Program expansion approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission now available

ATLANTA – June 25, 2024 – Georgia Power has expanded a program previously known as the “Income-Qualified Senior Discount” to benefit many more customers who have limited incomes and financial resources. The program expansion follows approval by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) in December 2023, and went into effect on May 1, 2024. Through the expanded program, the company expects to make the discount available to tens of thousands of additional customers each year.

The discount program is available to customers on a variety of rate plans, and customers meeting at least one of the below criteria may qualify for the expanded discount program:

  • Be 65 years of age or older, with a household meeting the income qualification requirements (a combined household income that is 200% or less of the federal poverty level – $30,120 – adjusted for household size)
  • Receive Social Security Disability Insurance
  • Receive Supplemental Security Income
  • Participate in the federal Housing Choice Voucher Program (HUD Section 8)

Program participants may receive a discount of $33.50 on their bill each month. Full program details are available on Georgia Power’s website.

“Georgia Power believes that everyone should have access to clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, we understand that energy costs are an important part of every family’s budget, and we want to be there when our customers need us the most,” said Latanza Adjei, senior vice president of Customer Experience for Georgia Power. “The expanded Income-Qualified Discount is just one example of how we work with the Georgia PSC to develop programs to meet the needs of our customers. We’re committed to connecting customers – including senior citizens, those with one-time or ongoing special needs, and those with limited incomes – with the right programs and resources that can aid them in lowering and paying their bills.”

In addition to the Income-Qualified Discount, Georgia Power offers various other income-qualified programs such as Energy Assistance for Savings & Efficiency (EASE), and partners with community action agencies across Georgia that offer services such as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), emergency assistance, home weatherization and more. The company’s Energy Assistance team also regularly meets with customers across the state and hosted more than 230 local outreach events in 2023 to help connect customers with energy assistance resources available to them.

For more information and additional resources and available options, including information about rate plans and energy efficiency tips, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/MyEnergy.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visitwww.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), X (X.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


For Immediate Release

June 24, 2024

CONTACT: Center for Integrity in News Reporting
www.cfinr.org

Winners for the first Center for Integrity in News Reporting Contest announced

Congratulations to the 2024 award winners for the best examples of reporting the news “impartially, without fear or favor” in 2023.

Print Reporting
No One Gets Fired at the Los Angeles Fire Department
Paul Pringle
Los Angeles Times

Cable Television Reporting
The Coast Guard’s Secret
Melanie Hicken, Blake Ellis, Curt Devine, Pamela Brown, Audrey Ash, Scott Bronstein
CNN

Digital Reporting
What is North Carolina Blue Cross Blue Shield up to?
Rose Hoban
NC Health News

The winner in each category received a $25,000 prize. This will be an annual contest. Newspapers are eligible to apply for next year’s contest.

— The Center for Integrity in New Reporting


For Immediate Release

June 14, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Summer heat is here! Take steps today to save money and energy

Georgia Power offers tips, tools and resources for customers

ATLANTA – June 14, 2024 – With temperatures rising and summer heat arriving across Georgia, Georgia Power is working to help customers minimize the impact of the higher temperatures on electric bills and provide easy ways to save around the house. 

Simple summer tips to save money and energy include:  

  • Set It For the Season – Keep thermostats to 78 degrees and use fans to keep you feeling cooler. Every degree higher on your thermostat can result in a 3-4% decrease in energy use.   
  • Let it Flow – Change standard air filters once a month, or pleated filters once every three months. A clogged filter makes your AC work harder, increases wear on your unit, and uses more energy. Ensure air returns and vents are clear and air can circulate.  
  • Chill-Out with Laundry – Wash full loads of clothes with cold water and avoid over-drying. Clean your dryer’s lint trap before every load to increase efficiency.  
  • Can’t Stand the Heat? Get it out of the Kitchen! – Reduce the temperature inside your home by using an outdoor grill or smoker instead of indoor ovens and stoves. Also consider the slow cooker or microwave.  
  • Throw Some Shade – Close curtains and blinds during peak hours of the day to reduce extra heat caused by direct sunlight.  
  • Fill Your Fridge – Solids and liquids are easier to cool than air. Keep your refrigerator set to the temperature recommended by the manufacturer for optimal performance.  
  • Avoid Phantom Energy Loss – Unplug your electronic devices when not in use, use smart power strips, and consider energy-saving settings on new devices like smart TVs.  

Whether you’re renting, making improvements to an older home or simply looking for ways to save, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/Save for more programs, rebates, and energy saving tips.   

Other programs to help Georgia Power customers manage energy bills this summer:    

  • A Free Online Energy Checkup – Take a quick and easy online energy checkup that provides a customized energy usage report and ways to save money. Visit www.GeorgiaPower.com/EnergyCheckUp to get started. 
  • Home Energy Improvement Program (HEIP) – The HEIP helps Georgia Power customers reduce energy use, save on energy costs and improve the comfort of their homes. Residential customers can earn rebates from Georgia Power for implementing and installing qualifying energy saving improvements. Learn more at www.GeorgiaPower.com/HomeImprovements.  
  • Energy Assistance for Savings & Efficiency Program (EASE)– The EASE Program helps eligible income-qualified customers make free energy efficiency improvements in their home. At no cost to the customer, a program contractor performs the recommended energy efficiency upgrades. Customers can learn more and apply at www.GeorgiaPower.com/EASE.  

Georgia Power prioritizes energy affordability for customers year-round and offers a variety of flexible rate plans and programs to help customers manage their energy use and lower their energy costs. Over the past decade, energy efficiency programs have helped Georgia Power customers reduce usage by billions of kilowatt hours. The company also maintains a strong focus on connecting customers – including senior citizens, those with one-time or ongoing special needs, and those with limited incomes – with programs and resources when they’re in need. Learn more at GeorgiaPower.com/MyEnergy.

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable, and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.comand connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), X (X.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power). 


For immediate release

June 10, 2024

Contact: Jennifer Mason, Director of Communications, 404-527-8700, 800-334-6865

Ivy Cadle installed as 62nd president of State Bar of Georgia

Atlanta – Ivy N. Cadle of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell, & Berkowitz, P.C. in Macon and Atlanta was installed June 8 as the 62nd president of the 55,000-member State Bar of Georgia during the organization’s Annual Meeting at Amelia Island.

Cadle previously served as secretary, treasurer and, for the past year, as president-elect of the State Bar. He previously represented the Macon Judicial Circuit on the Board of Governors of the State Bar. He is a past chair of the Eminent Domain Section of the State Bar, past president of the Macon Bar Association and past president of the American Inn of Court, William Augustus Bootle Chapter.

Cadle is managing shareholder of Baker Donelson’s Atlanta and Macon offices and is a business litigator in the areas of real estate, eminent domain, land use, zoning, and conservation easements. He is also a certified public accountant. He earned his law degree from the Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law and was admitted to the State Bar of Georgia in 2007. Cadle is also a graduate of the University of Georgia, where he received a Bachelor of Science, Biology, cum laude, and a Master of Accountancy.

Cadle is a mediator and registered neutral with the Georgia Commission on Dispute Resolution. He also serves as an adjunct professor of law at Mercer University School of Law, where he teaches accounting for lawyers. He is also an aviation enthusiast and holds a multi-engine commercial certificate with an instrument rating.

He is married to Leslie L. Cadle, an estate planning and probate lawyer and member of the State Bar of Georgia who practices at Smith Hawkins Hollingsworth & Reeves LLP in Macon.

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The State Bar of Georgia, with offices in Atlanta, Savannah and Tifton, was established in 1964 by the Supreme Court of Georgia as the successor to the Georgia Bar Association, founded in 1884. All lawyers licensed to practice in Georgia belong to the State Bar. Its more than 55,000 members work together to strengthen the constitutional promise of justice for all, promote principles of duty and public service among Georgia’s lawyers, and administer a strict code of legal ethics.

Photo (L-R) 2024-25 State Bar of Georgia President Ivy Cadle, his wife Leslie Cadle, Chief Justice Michael Boggs of the Supreme Court of Georgia.


For Immediate Release

June 5, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

June 11: Georgia Power hosts the 2024 Hurricane Preparedness Summit

Media Opportunity: Tour a Mock Staging Site with response drones, Mobile Command Center and other vehicles; visit the Georgia Power Storm Center; and meet the Storm Response Team

(ATLANTA – June 4, 2024) – As the 2024 Atlantic Hurricane Season gets underway, Georgia Power is hosting a demonstration of the company’s severe weather emergency response plan and preparedness strategies. Members of the media will get an in-depth look at Georgia Power’s storm response, tour a mock Staging Site complete with a Mobile Command Center, response drones, bucket truck and more; visit the company’s Storm Center; and meet the storm responders.

Visuals and Interview Opportunities:

  • Tour an Emergency Response Staging Site, which serves as a home base for the Storm Response Team. Meet the experts who respond to emergencies and see the tools that they use:

o        Mobile Command Center: Learn how incident command uses our tractor trailer to mobilize our storm response to wherever the storm may strike.

o        Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) or response drones: Learn how Georgia Power is using advanced technology to expedite response.

o        From Line to Dine: Learn how workers use bucket trucks in the field, and how they live when deployed for days or weeks at a time including laundry, sleeping and dining trailers.

o        Safety First: Learn how workers in the field stay safe in hazardous conditions, including safety precautions, first aid and emergency programs.

o        Vegetation Management: Learn how maintaining clear rights of way helps prevent outages

  • Tour the Georgia Power Storm Center at our headquarters, where our storm team combines technology, teamwork, experience and expertise to coordinate a safe and effective storm response. Interview Storm Center Manager Jason Stott as he demonstrates restoration tools like the Distribution Resource Management and Outage Summary applications, and more.
  • Hear from the Georgia Power Customer Engagement Team and learn about strategies to keep customers connected when it matters the most like social media, outage alerts, email and other digital channels.

Where: Georgia Power Headquarters

241 Ralph McGill Blvd.

Atlanta, GA 30308

Park in visitor’s lot and check in with Security in the main lobby. Please bring a photo ID.

When:  Tuesday, June 11

9 AM to 11 AM Tours and Subject Matter Experts availability (earlier/later live shots will be accommodated)

How:    Please RSVP your attendance no later than June 10 by responding to this email or at mnkent@southernco.com.

Note to editors:

This is a media event and not open to the public. We hope you will take advantage of this rare opportunity to engage with Georgia Power’s Storm Response Team and its partners prior to any storms this season. Please contact Marie Bertot, 404-276-1072, for more information or special requests such as live shots.

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premiere energy company. Value, reliability, customer service and stewardship are the cornerstones of the Company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the Company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the Company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower [facebook.com]), (X  [x.com/GeorgiaPower]) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power [instagram.com]).


For Immediate Release

May 20, 2024

CONTACT: National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force
Dawn Brosnan, 912-988-1847, dbrosnan@mightyeighth.org

National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Pays Tribute to Fallen Heroes with Fourth Annual Flags for the Fallen Event

Friday, May 24, 2024, through Monday, May 27, 2024

Pooler, Ga – The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is proud to announce its fourth annual Flags for the Fallen event, honoring the 26,000 Eighth Air Force airmen who made the ultimate sacrifice during World War II.

Scheduled to commence on Friday, May 24th at 10:30 am, Flags for the Fallen: 26,000 Flags | One Mission will transform the Memorial Garden at the museum into a poignant tribute to these courageous heroes. The garden will be adorned with 26,000 48-star American flags, symbolizing the flag under which these brave individuals served, and for many, the flag beneath which they were laid to rest.

Visitors to the museum will have the opportunity to walk through the Memorial Garden and reflect upon the sacrifices made by these airmen in the name of freedom. The display will be open from Friday, May 24th, through Monday, May 27th, 2024 covering the museum’s Memorial Garden and chapel grounds.

Volunteers play a crucial role in bringing this tribute to life, and dedicated volunteers will be placing the flags on Wednesday, May 22nd. Their efforts ensure that the memory of the fallen is honored in a meaningful and respectful manner.

“We invite the community to join us as we come together to honor and remember our fallen heroes,” says Dawn Brosnan, Director of Communications and Marketing for the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force. “Flags for the Fallen is not just an event; it’s a solemn reminder of the sacrifices made by these brave airmen, and we must ensure their legacy lives on.”

For more information about Flags for the Fallen and volunteer opportunities, please visit www.mightyeighth.org.

About the National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force

The Museum educates visitors about the character, courage, valor, and patriotism of the brave individuals who fought in the Eighth Air Force, the largest air armada in history. The Museum uses films, exhibits, artifacts, and archival materials to tell the stories of individuals who served in the Eighth Air Force. Their sacrifices made victory in World War II possible.

Museum highlights include a fully restored B-17 “Flying Fortress” and the multimedia “Mission Experience,” an immersive simulated bombing mission in a special theater utilizing actual combat footage.

The National Museum of the Mighty Eighth Air Force is located at 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA. Operating hours are Tue-Sat 10 am – 5 pm, Sun, Noon – 5 pm. For more information, call (912) 748-8888 or www.mightyeighth.org.


For Immediate Release

May 13, 2024

CONTACT: Cherry Street Media, Ben Smith, bsmith@cherrystreetenergy.com, 678-756-0463
URE Media, Jakky Tucker, jakky@u-renew.com, 678-881-0014

Atlanta-based renewable power company, Cherry Street Energy, acquires solar capacity in Georgia

Cherry Street has acquired two operating solar power plants from leading EPC firm, United Renewable Energy

ATLANTA, GA – Cherry Street Energy, a leading renewable energy company, closed an agreement with United Renewable Energy (URE) to acquire and operate two utility-scale solar power plants in Georgia. This strategic move ensures the continued operation and clean energy generation at these facilities for the state’s regulated utility provider. The solar power plants  are located in Stephens County and Chattooga County.

The acquisition of these operating solar power plants expands Cherry Street Energy’s capabilities in the markets it serves. The company currently owns, operates, and maintains over 100 solar power systems across the Southeast, providing competitively-priced electricity to customers such as Porsche Cars North America, Gulfstream Aerospace, and the City of Atlanta.

“Continuing to expand our portfolio of operating capacity in our home state of Georgia allows us to further support the system with reliable, renewable power,” said Michael Chanin, CEO of Cherry Street Energy. “These acquisitions enable us to expand our portfolio of solar and battery storage assets, which power the growing demand for clean, reliable, and affordable electricity. Importantly, we support leading EPCs and developers, like URE, by providing capital to redeploy in new projects and development opportunities.”  

“Our business is focused on providing utility-scale solar EPC construction services and development services to our clients. When we decided to sell these operating solar assets to redeploy the capital on our core mission, Cherry Street Energy was the natural choice to acquire them,” said William Silva, CEO of URE. “The process was completed smoothly, on schedule and with great integrity.”

In addition to the two plants from URE, Cherry Street acquired an operating solar asset in Dawson, Georgia, from a private seller earlier in April.

“Our Dawson acquisition provides immediate opportunity to enhance existing infrastructure with state-of-the-art battery storage technology. These reliability and resiliency upgrades will occur alongside existing solar power plants, which makes economic sense and enhances our ability to serve the system with predictable capacity.” Chanin said. Cherry Street’s three acquisitions in April underscore the Company’s ongoing effort to invest in the critical infrastructure to support the accelerating growth in the region.

Cherry Street Energy is the leading provider of on-site renewable power solutions in the southeast. As a trailblazer in the renewable energy industry, the company offers comprehensive services, including the design, installation, ownership, operation and maintenance of industry-leading solar power systems. Cherry Street’s innovative approach removes the financial burden and complexities associated with solar installations, empowering customers to embrace sustainable energy solutions seamlessly. Its customer portfolio includes businesses like Porsche Cars North America and Gulfstream Aviation, and local governments like the City of Atlanta, Fulton County, and City of Savannah. Learn more at cherrystreet.com.

United Renewable Energy® (U-RENEW® or URE®) is an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) firm developing utility scale photovoltaic plants and energy storage systems. URE ranks among the top 20 utility scale solar and storage EPC Contractors in the USA. URE excels at creative design and reliable construction of solar energy and energy storage projects with superior quality, performance, and safety at competitive costs for utility, IPP, and developer clients. Learn more at www.u-renew.com.

Aerial view of Triure solar farm, Trion, GA. Photo Copyright United Renewable Energy LLC 2024. All rights reserved.


For Immediate Release

May 9, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first when storms bring down trees and power lines

Crews work to address scattered outages as of midday Thursday 

Company continues to monitor weather for storms across Georgia 

ATLANTA – May 9, 2024 – Georgia Power reminds its customers to always keep safety first, especially following storms with the potential to bring down trees and power lines. Just as it makes safety a priority for its employees, the company helps customers stay safe with important reminders to watch for and avoid downed wires including those that may be concealed by storm debris or standing water. A variety of safety tips and ways to report downed or low-hanging wires can be found below. 

Georgia Power teams are responding to scattered service interruptions following severe weather that hit the state overnight bringing heavy rains, lightning and high winds. Overnight, the company worked in the field and behind the scenes through its control centers, automated systems and smart grid technology, restoring service to more than 15,000 customers mainly in northern Georgia. With limited outages as of midday Thursday, crews are working to restore approximately 10,000 customers currently out statewide in the hardest hit areas. Teams will continue working until all customers are restored.   

The company continues to monitor severe weather expected today and overnight and encourages customers to stay weather aware. Georgia Power crews remain prepared to respond to new storms and outages should they occur. 

Important safety tips: 

  • Never touch any downed or low hanging wire. Always assume power lines are energized. Report the location of any downed or low hanging line to local authorities at 911 and to Georgia Power’s outage reporting number: 888-891-0938. 
  • Never try to make your own electrical repairs to Georgia Power equipment. Let our highly trained crews do the dangerous work when it comes to restoring power. 
  • Never pull tree limbs off power lines as they could be energized. 
  • Never enter areas with debris or downed trees. Dangerous power lines may be buried in the wreckage. 
  • Exercise caution near chain link fences. Dangerous lines may touch the metal. 
  • Avoid stepping in standing water after a storm as it may conceal live power lines. 
  • Never connect portable generators to your household electrical wiring. Connect only essential appliances like freezers and refrigerators directly to a generator and follow manufacturer directions. 
  • Never walk into areas where crews are at work. If driving near work crews, follow Georgia’s “Move Over” law and proceed cautiously. 

For additional tips on preparing for severe weather and the latest information on outages and estimated restoration times, visit GeorgiaPower.com/storm. The site features information on a variety of severe weather topics including watches vs. warnings, staying connected and electrical safety as well as resources like Georgia Power Outage Alerts. Customers can also follow @GeorgiaPower on X for storm updates. 

About Georgia Power 

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), X (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power). 


For Immediate Release

May 2, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Peanut Commission
Joy Crosby, 229-386-3690, joycrosby@gapeanuts.com

Peanut farmers approve the Georgia Peanut Commission by 91 percent

TIFTON, Ga. – The Georgia Peanut Commission’s referendum received reaffirmation with a vote of 91.99 percent during the recent referendum, held March 8 through April 8, 2024.

“I appreciate the farmers’ confidence in the commission, and we are committed to continue earning that confidence,” says Joe Boddiford, farmer from Sylvania, Georgia, and GPC chairman. “The commission continues to work together as a partnership between Georgia’s peanut farmers and the commission board and staff, in funding research projects, promoting peanuts and working on the farmers’ behalf in Washington, D.C. All of these combined efforts allow us to provide a healthy, nutritious product for consumers and help keep farmers profitable for the future.”

As required by Georgia state law, the state’s peanut farmers vote on the commission every three years. The ballots were mailed to peanut growers the week of March 8 and the Certified Public Accounting firm of Allen, Pritchett and Bassett counted the ballots returned on May 1.

“Our staff is humbled by the support of peanut farmers in Georgia,” says Don Koehler, GPC’s executive director. “We will continue to seek opportunities through programs in research, education and promotion to enhance profit opportunities on the farm.”

Georgia peanut farmers invest $2 per ton annually to the commission to be used in the program areas of research, promotion and education. For additional information on the Georgia Peanut Commission and its activities, visit www.gapeanuts.com.


For Immediate Release

May 2, 2024

Georgians invited to MANA Nutrition celebration in Fitzgerald, Ga.

Georgians are invited from across the state to join MANA Nutrition and officials from USAID (U.S. Agency for International Development) in celebrating its latest expansion at noon Friday, May 3, at 188 Seaboard Road.

The MANA factory in Fitzgerald is the largest RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food) production facility in the world — and it is expanding.

Samantha Power, administrator of USAID, will be a special guest and will speak at 12:30 p.m.

Also attending will be MANA board chair Amy Towers, Rep. Austin Scott and humanitarian Chris Hohn of London, England.

RUTF (Ready to Use Therapeutic Food) is based on peanuts and contains milk powder and micronutrients designed to treat severely malnourished children.

MANA Nutrition is the leading provider of this in the world.

To learn more about the work of MANA Nutrition, please click here.


For Immediate Release

May 1, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Cotton Commission
Taylor Sills, 478-696-3781, taylor@georgiacotton.org

Georgia Cotton Commission Mid-Year Meeting July 24, 2024

The Georgia Cotton Commission is pleased to announce the guest speakers at the Commission’s 2024 Mid-Year Meeting scheduled for Wednesday, July 24, 2024, at the Nesmith-Lane Conference Center in Statesboro. The inaugural Mid-Year Meeting is held in conjunction with a UGA Cotton Pre-Harvest Workshop conducted by members of the UGA Research & Extension Cotton Team.  The UGA Cotton Pre-Harvest Workshop will feature sessions where attendees will receive a 2024 crop update and defoliation considerations, pre-harvest economic update and marketing considerations and late season pest management considerations.

The program speakers are Robbie Minnich, Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council, and Daniel Radford, Southeast Regional Communications Manager for the Cotton Board.

  • Robbie Minnich is the Vice President of Washington Operations for the National Cotton Council (NCC) in Washington, D.C. He has been with the Council since January 2003 and in his current role since 2023; he previously served as Senior Government Relations Representative. Minnich’s primary responsibility is coordinating the industry’s communication with Members of Congress and their staff and administration officials.  Prior to joining the National Cotton Council, Minnich worked as agricultural advisor to former U.S. Senator Tim Hutchinson (R-AR) and staffed the senator on the Senate Agriculture Committee.  During his time with Senator Hutchinson, he played an integral part of the crafting of the 2002 Farm Bill. He has also spent time working in the office of former Congressman Robin Hayes (NC-08).  Minnich graduated from North Carolina State University with a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural and Extension Education and grew up in Henrietta, North Carolina. He and his wife live in Arlington, VA with their twin sons, Owen and Conor.
  • Daniel Radford joined The Cotton Board in October 2023 as the Southeast Regional Communications Manager. A native of North Carolina, Daniel lives in the Nahunta community. He grew up working with his extended family at their feed mill and farming operation as well as the local pork processing facility, known as Nahunta Pork Center. Daniel attended NC State University where he received his bachelor’s in agricultural science and returned to pursue his master’s in agricultural and extension education. Prior to joining the Cotton Board, Daniel served as Director of Alumni and Engagement for the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at NC State University. Outside of work, he enjoys being outdoors, spending time with his family – especially his nephews, Wyatt and Luke, and working on the farm.

During the lunch program, Georgia Department of Natural Resources State Deer Biologist Charlie Killmaster will update producers on the status of the State Deer Management Plan.  The event will conclude with the presentation of the Georgia Quality Cotton Awards for the 2023 Crop.

There is no charge to attend. Pre-registration is requested to help with meal plans.  Register online at https://academics.georgiasouthern.edu/ce/conferences/georgia-cotton-commissions-mid-year-meeting/  or call the Commission’s Office at (478) 988-4235

Thank you to our sponsors:
Stoneville/BASF – Deltapine/Bayer Crop Science – AgSouth Farm Credit
John Deere – Phytogen/Corteva Agriscience – Tama USA

Ag America Lending – Ag Insurance Advisors – Ag Technologies – Americot, Inc.-NexGen
Armor Cotton – Bulloch First Bank – Carden & Associates – Cargill Cotton
Chandler Equipment – Chemical Dynamics – CNI – Custom Ag Formulators
DeltAg Formulations – GreenPoint Ag – Kelley Manufacturing Company – Magnolia Loom
Newton Crouch – Nuseed – Nutrien Ag Solutions – Rabo AgriFinance
Rainbow Plant Food-TimacAgro USA – Smith Farm Supply – Syngenta – Synovus
Terrahaven Commodities – Texas Biotechnology – Triangle Chemical Company
Triangle Insurance – Valent USA – Valley Irrigation


For Immediate Release

April 29, 2024

CONTACT: Megan Estes
770-823-3936
media@georgia811.com

Gov. Brian Kemp meets with damage prevention stakeholders after declaring ‘Safe Digging Month’

Georgia 811 reminds Georgians about the importance of safe digging

[Duluth, Georgia] April 29, 2024 – Governor Brian Kemp met with safe digging stakeholders to issue a proclamation announcing April 2024 as Safe Digging Month in Georgia. As April marks the start of spring digging season, Georgia 811 and Governor Kemp are encouraging homeowners to contact 811 before they dig. Representatives from utility facilities, local governments, safety administrations, and industry associations gathered together in recognition of the importance of contacting 811 before excavation to prevent utility damage, human injury, and service interruptions.

When calling 811, homeowners are connected to Georgia 811, which notifies the appropriate utility companies of the intent to dig. Professional locators are then sent to the requested digging site to mark the approximate locations of underground lines with paint and flags. Once lines have been accurately marked, digging can begin around marked lines.

“We applaud Governor Kemp for his continued efforts in promoting safe digging over the years,” said Meghan Rafinski, Georgia 811 President and CEO. “With the statewide proclamation, we aim to bring awareness to both homeowners and professionals about advanced excavation notification and safe digging practices. By having underground lines marked, those digging are making an important decision that can help keep them and their communities safe and connected.”

Georgia 811 provides educational and awareness resources throughout the year. Homeowners and professionals can access free online courses, request training, and learn to submit dig tickets online by visiting www.Georgia811.com.

Visit www.Georgia811.com for more information about Safe Digging Month and the call-before-you-dig process.

KELLY H PHOTOGRAPHY. Amy Averill (Comcast), Julia Ayers (Comcast), Tiffany Baker (PHMSA), Rick Bell (Georgia 811), James Childs (Walton EMC, GUCC Board), Will Culbreath (PSC), Ange Djahon (PHMSA), Jefferson Dominguez (Jefferson Wallcovering & Construction Inc., GHCA Board), Megan Estes (Georgia 811), Ted Foster (Cobb County), David Hafner (Colonial Pipeline), Rob Holbrook (Cobb County, Georgia 811 Board), Commissioner Fitz Johnson, Gov. Brian Kemp, First Lady of Georgia Marty Kemp, D’Shante Lucas (PHMSA), Commissioner Lauren “Bubba” McDonald, Terry McLaurin (Georgia 811), Rob McKinney (ACG Georgia), Shannon Palmiter (Georgia 811), Mark Reida (Cobb County), Roy Rogers (Blount Construction, GUCC Board), Robert Singletary (GPERI), Rick Slagle (Southern Company Gas, Georgia 811 Board), Vicki Temple (Civil Site Services), Pat Wingo (Georgia 811), Mark Woodall (AGC Georgia)

 


For Immediate Release

April 29, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Vogtle Unit 4 enters commercial operation

Plant Vogtle now the largest generator of clean energy in U.S.

ATLANTA, April 29, 2024 — Georgia Power declared today that Plant Vogtle Unit 4 has entered commercial operation and is now serving customers and the State of Georgia. The new unit, which can produce enough electricity to power an estimated 500,000 homes and businesses, will provide reliable, emissions-free energy to customers for at least 60 to 80 years. Vogtle Unit 3 entered commercial operation on July 31, 2023 (read more).

With all four units now in operation, Plant Vogtle is the largest generator of clean energy in the nation, expected to produce more than 30 million megawatt hours of electricity each year. The plant is operated by Southern Nuclear on behalf of the co-owners including Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power, MEAG Power and Dalton Utilities. Nuclear energy is the only zero-emission baseload energy source available today – offering high reliability and efficient operations around the clock – and, for 2023, provided more than 25% of Georgia Power’s generation, including Plant Vogtle and Plant Hatch in Baxley, Georgia.

The construction of Vogtle 3 & 4 was originally approved by the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) as part of the continuous Integrated Resource Plan process. This regulatory process includes robust analysis and discussion of the company’s plan, typically filed every three years, outlining how it will continue delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy for millions of customers over a 20-year planning horizon. In addition to the Vogtle expansion, this process has helped bring thousands of megawatts of new renewable energy to Georgia in recent years, as well as new technologies such as battery energy storage systems.

“It’s an exciting time to be a Georgian as our state continues to grow and thrive, with new demand for more clean energy each year. The new Vogtle units are a key piece of our strategy to meet the energy needs of our customers not only tomorrow, but 20 years from now,” said Kim Greene, chairman, president and CEO of Georgia Power. “As we mark the completion of the Vogtle 3 & 4 expansion, we’re grateful for the leadership and foresight of the Georgia PSC, as well as the steadfast dedication from all of the project’s co-owners. I’m also so proud of the teams who have worked tirelessly to deliver the first newly constructed nuclear units in the U.S. in more than 30 years – representing a long-term investment that will benefit our customers and the state of Georgia for decades to come.”

In addition to providing a new source of clean, reliable energy for Georgia, the construction of the new units at Plant Vogtle has provided billions of dollars of positive economic impact for Georgia and local communities. In addition to the 800 permanent jobs created by the new units, the site employed more than 9,000 onsite jobs at the peak of construction including engineers, welders, electricians, pipefitters, plumbers and many more.

“The completion of the expansion of the Vogtle nuclear generation plant to include Unit 3 and now Unit 4 is a hallmark achievement for Southern Company, the state of Georgia and the entire United States,” said Chris Womack, chairman, president and CEO of Southern Company. “Working with our partners across government, industry, labor and beyond, we have added new nuclear generation to the diverse energy resources that enhance the reliability, resiliency and affordability of our system as we work to achieve our goal to be net zero by 2050. These new Vogtle units not only will support the economy within our communities now and in the future, they demonstrate our global nuclear leadership.”

About Georgia Power

Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America’s premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company’s promise to 2.7 million customers in all but four of Georgia’s 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is recognized by J.D. Power as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the expected service life for Plant Vogtle Unit 4. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing nuclear generating facilities; the direct or indirect effect on Georgia Power’s business resulting from cyber intrusion or physical attack and the threat of cyber and physical attacks; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events, political unrest, wars or other similar occurrences; and the direct or indirect effects on Georgia Power’s business resulting from incidents affecting the U.S. electric grid or operation of generating or storage resources. Georgia Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.


For Immediate Release

April 22, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia Power marks 50 years of safe digging with Georgia 811

With April recognized as Safe Digging Month across the country, Georgia Power is marking 50 years of helping keep Georgians safe through its longstanding partnership with Georgia 811. The company was a founding member of Georgia 811, alongside seven other companies, following a tragic 1968 incident which claimed the lives of several people at a daycare in Hapeville, Georgia.

The first locate tickets were issued in 1974, and fifty years later, Georgia 811 now has over 850 utility members and processes more than 1.3 million tickets annually. Georgia 811 continues to provide notification services and educational resources to promote damage prevention of underground utility facilities. Read more about the history of Georgia811 here.

In 2023, Georgia Power alone completed over 700,000 service tickets throughout the state and over 4.1 million in the past five years. To prioritize safety and navigate the complexity of underground infrastructure, both customers and excavators should call 811 at least three business days before starting any digging projects.

“Safety is a core value at Georgia Power, and across the Southern Company system, and an intentional focus for our thousands of team members working in our communities to serve customers every day,” said John Cornelius, vice president of Distribution Field Operations at Georgia Power. “Nothing is more important than safety and, as Georgians get out in the yard this spring to garden or landscape, we encourage them to use the Georgia811 service and have utilities marked before they dig.”

The company works every day to help educate and inform customers about the importance of calling before you dig through public service announcements like this one featuring Georgia811 mascot Digger Dog.

When customers call or visit online, they will be connected to their local 811 center. Georgia Power and other utilities will receive details about the project and proper next steps will be explained. Professional locators will mark the areas of underground facilities with spray paint or flags to help prevent damage and injury.

To learn more, visit www.georgiapower.com/dig.

 

A Georgia Power locater marks underground utility lines.


For Immediate Release

April 16, 2024

CONTACT: Georgia Power Media Relations
404-506-7676 or 800-282-1696

Georgia PSC finalizes and approves Georgia Power’s 2023 IRP Update 

Plan helps ensure reliability for customers and is expected to put downward pressure on customer rates equivalent to $2.89

ATLANTA – April 16, 2024 – The Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) today voted to approve the stipulated agreement in Georgia Power’s 2023 IRP Update proceeding. The agreement was reached with Public Interest Advocacy (PIA) Staff in March following months of analysis by various intervenors, open hearings and discussions around the company’s 2023 IRP Update.

The 2023 IRP Update is projected to provide over $500 million of net benefit for customers for 2026 through 2028. This projected benefit is expected to put downward pressure on total retail rates of approximately 1.6% and would be considered as a part of the company’s next base rate case filing. Georgia Power estimates that the net benefit to customers from the 2023 IRP Update would be equivalent to a $2.89 per month decrease to the typical residential customer using an average of 1,000 kWh per month.

“At Georgia Power, our customers are at the center of everything we do, and we are unwavering in our commitment to provide them with clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy,” said Aaron Abramovitz, chief financial officer for Georgia Power. “The stipulated agreement benefits all customers, and approval of this agreement will preserve and protect the reliability and quality of electric service our customers expect and supports the continued economic development of our state – all while placing downward pressure on rates for all customers.”

In addition to Georgia Power and PIA Staff, multiple intervenors joined the stipulated agreement, including the Advanced Power Alliance; Clean Energy Buyers Association; Georgia Association of Manufacturers; Georgia Watch; MARTA; Wal-Mart; and the Southern Renewable Energy Association.

“Georgia’s constructive regulatory environment brings all voices and perspectives to the table and is central to our ability to serve our customers today and well into the future,” said Trey Kilpatrick, senior vice president of External Affairs for Georgia Power. “We appreciate the thorough review of our request by the members of the Georgia PSC, and engagement by all of the intervenors, members of the public and other parties throughout the process.”

Originally filed in October 2023, Georgia Power’s 2023 IRP Update was prompted by updated energy projections for the state reflecting projected growth of approximately 6,600 MW through 2031, up from approximately 400 MW previously forecasted in the 2022 IRP. Building upon the 2022 IRP, the company’s filing sought approval to deploy additional generation resources to reliably and economically support Georgia’s projected rapidly growing energy needs. These resources include battery energy storage systems (BESS), including BESS charged with solar energy; new and expanded distributed energy resources (DER); demand response programs; as well as conventional power plants. Read more here.

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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements

Certain information contained in this communication is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties.  Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning expected benefits of the approved 2023 IRP update and projected growth in energy demand. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided.  The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized.  The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2023, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: variations in demand for electricity; global and U.S. economic conditions, including impacts from geopolitical conflicts, recession, inflation, interest rate fluctuations, and financial market conditions; and catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events, political unrest, wars, or other similar occurrences.  Georgia Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.

 

 

 

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