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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 22, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power Searching for Festive Georgians During Light Up the Holidays Contest

ATLANTA – Georgia Power is celebrating community service and holiday cheer again this year with its annual Light Up the Holidays contest. This year, the company wants to see how Georgia is lighting up the holidays, either through a holiday display or through acts of community service.

Now through December 26, Georgians 18 years of age or older are invited to enter Georgia Power’s Light Up the Holidays Contest on Facebook. It’s easy:

  1. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/gerogiapower)
  2. Post an original photograph that creatively captures how you are “lighting up the holidays,” either through a holiday display OR through acts of community service as a comment on the page, along with the hashtag #LightUpTheHolidays
  3. Get your friends and family to like and comment on your photo!

At the end of the contest, Georgia Power will select two (2) potential Grand Prize winners from all eligible entries made based solely on the total number of engagements on the entry post (including likes/comments), with the two posts receiving the highest engagement each receiving a Grand Prize to include four (4) Tickets to the 2022 Atlanta Botanical Gardens Garden Lights, Holiday Nights display and four (4) Tickets to the 2022 Chick-fil-A Bowl in Atlanta, Georgia on Saturday, December 31!

More information, as well as full rules for the contest are available atwww.GeorgiaPower.com/holiday.

This annual contest is just one of the ways that Georgia Power helps share important energy efficiency and safety information with customers:

Easy Ways to Save Money & Energy This Holiday

  • Light with LEDs. LED decorations can use more than 50 percent less energy than traditional incandescent decorations and last up to 10 times longer.
  • Find Festive Fiber Optics. The technology uses one light source that flows through fiber cable to multiple visible points of the light.
  • Timing Counts. Use smart plugs and timers to ensure that holiday decorations are only in use when people are home, or awake, to enjoy them.

Keep Safety First When Celebrating

  • Check your outlets. Look for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, exposed wires or broken plates and have them fixed by a qualified electrician. Use safety covers on all outlets accessible to children.
  • Check for damaged wires. Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections. Discard damaged sets or repair them before using.
  • Watch for lines and poles. Be sure to install decorations away from power poles, lines and the building’s primary power drop or connection point, and be careful when using ladders or working off the ground.
  • Take extra care outdoors. Only use lights and extension cords designed for outdoor use and keep electric connections above ground and out of areas where water may collect.    
  • Trim the tree safely. Use only non-combustible or flame-resistant materials to trim a tree.

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 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/Georgia Power), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nov. 17, 2022

Georgia Power Media Relations

(404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696

www.georgiapower.com

Georgia Power ranked #1 by J.D. Power for Business Customer Satisfaction in Segment

ATLANTA – November 17, 2022 – Georgia Power has been ranked number one for business customer satisfaction among Large Utilities in the South by J.D. Power in its 2022 Electric Utility Business Customer Satisfaction StudySM. This year’s recognition marked a year-over-year improvement for the company, even as the broader industry experienced a significant decline in overall customer satisfaction according to J.D. Power.

“We appreciate the trust our customers have placed in us for more than a century. Since the beginning, our constant focus has been on keeping customers at the center of our business, actively looking for opportunities to improve and evolve our service and offerings,” said Bentina Terry, Senior Vice President, Customer Strategy & Solutions for Georgia Power. “This recognition by J.D. Power is a testament not only to this heritage, but to the work of thousands of Georgia Power employees who make it their mission to be a champion for the customer every day by delivering superior customer service, reliability, responsiveness and affordability, as well as innovative solutions for our customers based on data.”

Georgia Power was ranked among other utilities in the South that serve more than 90,000 business customers. The J.D. Power study, now in its 24th year, is based on responses from 18,694 online interviews of business customers in decision-making roles related to their utility company. The study was fielded from February through October 2022.

Georgia Power’s focus on providing excellent customer service for all of its 2.7 million customers includes online and social media customer service choices, customizable rate plans and payment options. The company also makes it easy for residential customers to find ways to save money and energy at GeorgiaPower.com/Save, with business customers enjoying access to commercial rebates and savings specific to their industries atGeorgiaPower.com/Business.

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 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/Georgia Power), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).


October 6, 2022

Karlise Y. Grier, Executive Director, 404-225-5040, kygrier@cjcpga.org

Nominations Open for Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service

The Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism is accepting nominations for the 23rd Annual Justice Robert Benham Awards for Community Service through Friday, Nov. 11.

Since 1998, the awards have honored Georgia lawyers and judges who have made significant contributions to their communities beyond their legal practice or official obligations. Past award recipients have engaged in a wide range of endeavors, including youth athletics and mentoring programs, literacy programs, social services, faith-based activities, promotion and support for pro bono or low bono legal services programs, community development, education, sports, recreation and the arts.

A complete list of past award recipients is available at http://cjcpga.org/benhamcsa-past-recipients/http://cjcpga.org/benhamcsa-past-recipients/

Anyone, lawyers and non-lawyers alike, may submit a nomination. Nominees in each of Georgia’s 10 judicial districts are eligible for the award if they meet criteria as follows:

  1. Be a member of the State Bar of Georgia, in good standing, or have been a member, in good standing, at the time of death;
  2. Have a record of outstanding community service and continuous service over a period of time to one or more causes, organizations or activities;
  3. Not be a member of the Selection Committee, staff of the State Bar of Georgia or Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism; and
  4. Not be in a judicial or political race for 2022 or 2023.

Nominations are due Nov. 11. The nomination application can be found at http://cjcpga.org/nominationsbenhamcsa/

The Benham Awards Selection Committee, chaired by U.S. Department of Justice Assistant Chief Immigration Judge Joy Lampley-Fortson, will consider all nominations. The award recipients will be honored at a ceremony Thursday, March 2, 2023, in Atlanta.

Founded in 1989 by the Supreme Court of Georgia, the Chief Justice’s Commission on Professionalism was the first body of its kind in the nation. The mission of the Commission is to support and encourage lawyers to exercise the highest levels of professional integrity in their relationships with their clients, other lawyers, the courts, and the public and to fulfill their obligations to improve the law and the legal system and to ensure access to that system.


For immediate release

Sept. 28, 2022
Contact: Holly Lovett
 
Atlanta Gas Light offers tips for customers ahead of potential impacts from Hurricane Ian
 
ATLANTA – September 28, 2022 – With safety of the public, its employees and its pipelines at the forefront, Atlanta Gas Light is closely monitoring the progress of Hurricane Ian and how it may impact service operations and customers in parts of Georgia. Atlanta Gas Light is implementing its comprehensive emergency response plan and is advising customers to take the necessary precautions now to protect themselves and their families.
 
Meteorologists are predicting that Hurricane Ian could bring substantial rain, damaging winds and the potential for flooding in South and Coastal Georgia. Atlanta Gas Light is providing the following guidelines associated with natural gas safety before, during and after the storm:
 
Before the Storm
Losing natural gas service during severe weather and power outages is rare because pipe infrastructure is below ground. However, there are several safety precautions customers should take to keep you and your community safe.
 
Atlanta Gas Light advises customers to leave the gas meter on to maintain proper pressure in the gas piping within their homes or businesses Only Atlanta Gas Light or emergency personnel should turn the meter valve off, but customers are encouraged to know the location of the natural gas meter on their premises.
 
In most cases your natural gas service will operate uninterrupted throughout the storm, and most modern gas appliances have safety valves that shut off the flow of gas automatically if the pilot light goes out. However, in cases of severe lightning, customers might want to unplug natural gas appliances to avoid possible electrical damage. Customers are urged to report any suspected natural gas leak or other natural gas emergency to the Atlanta Gas Light 24-hour emergency response line at 877.427.4321.
 
The damage assessment and restoration process begins once the storm has passed and it’s safe for our crews to proceed with gathering information to determine the extent of service needs in affected areas.
 
During/After the storm
Natural gas is injected with a chemical odorant called mercaptan, which produces a distinctive “rotten egg” smell. If the odor of gas is present when you return to your home, immediately leave the affected area and call our 24-hour emergency response line at 877.427.4321, or dial 911, from a safe location. Never try to identify the source of a leak yourself.
 
If you smell gas, avoid using any potential sources of ignition, such as cell phones, cigarettes, matches, flashlights, electronic devices, motorized vehicles, light switches or landline phones. A spark could ignite natural gas and cause a fire or explosion.
 
If flooding occurs and gas appliances are – or were – submerged under water, do not try to operate the appliances.
 
During clean up and repair after a storm, avoid causing damage to the gas lines by calling 811 before digging – it’s the law. This also pertains to removing downed trees as they may become entangled with natural gas lines. Calling 811 keeps you, your neighbors and your community safe.
 
Following a weather emergency, ensure the gas meter is visible and that the area surrounding the meter is free of trash and debris. Mechanical equipment used after the storm to clean up a location may damage an unseen meter. If a natural gas meter is damaged or a gas line is exposed, immediately leave the area and call our 24-hour emergency response number at 877.427.4321 or dial 911.
 
If your gas service is interrupted because of a severe storm, restoration time depends on a number of factors, including when water in flooded areas recedes, when customers’ homes and businesses are free of standing water, when any infrastructure damage can be safely repaired and when Atlanta Gas Light personnel can safely enter homes and businesses and access appliances.
 
Appliance Safety
Customers are advised to leave their natural gas service operational during a hurricane or severe storm. Most modern gas appliances have safety valves that shut off the flow of natural gas automatically with a loss of gas pressure or flooding of the appliances.
 
Leaving appliances operational could prevent further damage of water getting into the customer’s fuel line or appliance control valves. Electronic ignition appliances will not come on when the power source has been impacted.
 
If you are uncomfortable leaving your appliances operational, contact a trained professional (certified plumber or HVAC representative) to shut off your appliances at the shut-off valves. When it is safe to do so, have them return to turn the valves back on, leak test the line and turn on and test the appliance for safe operation.
 
Detecting Gas Leaks
If customers smell the distinctive rotten-egg odor associated with natural gas, they should leave the area immediately and move a safe distance away from the potential leak, while avoiding any action that may cause sparks.
 
Look for blowing dirt, discolored vegetation or continued bubbling in standing water.
 
Customers should never try to identify the source of a leak or stop the leak themselves.
 
Customers should call the Atlanta Gas Light 24-hour emergency response line at 1-877-427-4321 or 911 once they are in a safe place out of the area of the suspected leak. They should also stay away until Atlanta Gas Light or emergency personnel indicate it is safe to return.
 
Damage Prevention
Strong winds and saturated ground could cause trees to become uprooted. Before removing downed trees, customers should contact Georgia 811 to have the location of underground utility lines marked because downed trees could become tangled with the utility lines.
 
If a natural gas meter is damaged or natural gas line is exposed, customers should immediately leave the area and call the Atlanta Gas Light 24-hour emergency response line at 1-877-427-4321 or 911 from a safe location.
 
Natural Gas Generators
During a power outage, natural gas generators can provide continuous fuel supply from an existing natural gas line. While these units are available in a range of sizes to meet various energy needs, customers are encouraged to contact Atlanta Gas Light prior to the installation to determine whether their service line and meter meets load requirements for the generator’s safe and efficient operation.
 
Carbon Monoxide Safety
To ensure the safe, proper operation of natural gas appliances, and to prevent the potentially hazardous buildup of carbon monoxide within your home or business, ensure that outdoor vent openings and air intakes are not obstructed.
 
If customers smell natural gas or suspect carbon monoxide is present in their home or business, they should immediately leave the area and call the Atlanta Gas Light 24-hour emergency response line at 1-877-427-4321 or 911 from a safe location.
 
Residents are encouraged to seek medical attention immediately if anyone in their home or business experiences possible symptoms of carbon monoxide poisoning, which include headache, dizziness, fatigue, nausea and vomiting.
 
 
About Atlanta Gas Light
Atlanta Gas Light is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Atlanta Gas Light provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 1.7 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest corporations in the state. For more information, visit atlantagaslight.com.
 
About Southern Company Gas
Southern Company Gas is a wholly owned subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE:SO), America’s premier energy company. Southern Company Gas serves approximately 4.3 million natural gas customers through its regulated distribution companies in four states with approximately 666,000 retail customers through its companies that market natural gas. Other businesses include investments in interstate pipelines and ownership and operation of natural gas storage facilities. For more information, visit southerncompanygas.com.
 

For immediate release
Sept. 27, 2022
Home Builders Association of Georgia Installs Officers at Fall Membership Conference

JEKYLL ISLAND, Georgia, September 26 – The Home Builders Association of Georgia (HBAG) recently installed their new officers for 2022/2023 at the HBAG Fall Membership Conference held at the Westin Resort in Jekyll Island, GA.  Local leaders in the home building industry came together to share knowledge and industry expertise as part of the conference which concluded with the installation and the swearing in of new President Trevor Readdick of Camden County.

HBAG 2022/20223 Senior Officers:

President – Trevor Readdick, HBA of Camden County, Readdick Construction

Immediate Past President – Bradley Jones, Greater Columbus HBA, Brock Jones, Inc

1st Vice President – Alan Cannon, Athens Area HBA

Vice President/Treasurer/Secretary – Franklin Bailey, HBA of South Georgia,

Associate Vice President – John Royer, Greater Atlanta HBA

Georgia Executive Officers Council President – Jill Maine, Executive Officer for the HBA of South Georgia

“I can’t begin to express how honored I am to serve as the new President of HBAG,” said Readdick.  “I am honored to have the support and confidence of the more than 3,500 members of the Home Builders Association of Georgia as I take over the reins as President. This is a responsibility that I will not take lightly.  The officers who have served before me have built a strong foundation, and I plan to build on that foundation as we move into a new year.”

Readdick has roots in Camden County dating back to the late 1700s, and a lifetime of construction experience.  His career in the construction industry began by following his father, grandfather, and uncles to work from the age of five.  They introduced him to heavy equipment operation, subdivision development, and home building.

He holds a Bachelor of Science in Construction Management from Georgia Southern University.  His list of current and past accomplishments includes Camden County Commissioner for District 3, Treasurer/Secretary of the Home Builders Association of Georgia, President of the Home Builders Association of Camden County, President of the Rotary Club of Camden County, Board Member for the Camden County Chamber of Commerce, Building Committee Member for Habitat for Humanity of Camden County, and member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity.  While not working, Trevor enjoys spending time hunting and boating with his wife (Nicole), son (Frazier), and dog (Lucy).

About Home Builders Association of Georgia: HBAG is dedicated to creating, promoting, and protecting an ongoing successful environment for affordable housing for the benefit of its members and the citizens of Georgia

Contact: Cindy Morley, Director of Public Affairs, cmorley@hbag.org | 770.365.2103


For Immediate Release

Sept. 12, 2022

Contact: Doug Hovelson | Falls Agency, 612-998-0789, d.hovelson@fallsagency.com

New Water Heater from France Puts Georgia Homeowners in Hot Water Heaven.

ATLANTA – (Sept. 9, 2022) Georgia homeowners are among the first in the nation to enjoy access to a revolutionary new water heater that installs as easily as a conventional tank water heater yet operates like a tankless – and is built to last for 30 years.

Designed for people who crave hot water on demand when and where they want it, and at the same comfortable temperature setting all the time, the Essency EXR water heater is making a giant splash in the U.S. water heating market as the World’s First On-Demand Tank Water Heater – a product so new and yet functional that industry experts are hailing it as the all-around best choice for a new residential water heater on the market today.

“The EXR brings water heater technology into the modern age and gives Georgia homeowners in particular a new water heater option that may seem to be hand-crafted just for them,” says Scott Isaksen, national sales director, Essency Water Heaters North America.

Georgia homeowners in need of a new water heater and/or more information on the EXR can call the special Essency On-Demand in Georgia Hotline, 888-927-4203. Call today!

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