Georgia Power employs veterans to help build Vogtle 3 and 4

         Georgia Power employs veterans to help build Vogtle 3 and 4

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Nov. 8, 2012

ATLANTA, Nov. 8, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Georgia Power is continuing a proud
tradition of employing veterans in key roles, as nearly 40 percent of the
workforce at the Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 construction site near Waynesboro,
Ga., served as members of the U.S. armed services.

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The company anticipates the number of veteran workers will increase as
construction continues. Approximately 2,300 workers are on site now. Overall,
about 10 percent of Georgia Power's work force served in the U.S. armed

"Veterans continue to be strong candidates for jobs on the Vogtle 3 and 4
project, as the cultures of the military and the utility industry are very
similar in their attention to detail and safety," said Joseph "Buzz" Miller,
executive vice president of nuclear development for Georgia Power and Southern
Nuclear. "We work with Veterans Affairs, local bases and state employment
offices in Georgia to reach out to veterans."

The company recruits workers locally, regionally and nationally, building
awareness of current and future jobs at Plant Vogtle. It partners with
military-service organizations, recruits at military bases and veteran career
fairs and builds awareness nationally through advertisements.

The company also participates in the utility industry's Troops to Energy Job's
program in hopes of bridging the gap between military and civilian careers in

The construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 is the largest job-producing project in
Georgia, employing approximately 5,000 people during peak construction and
creating 800 permanent jobs when the plant begins operating. Once completed,
the new facility will produce enough electricity to power 500,000 Georgia
homes and businesses.

The facility provides at least $2.2 billion more value to customers than the
next best available technology, including natural gas generation, according to
PSC staff. Georgia Power is in position to provide customers with up to $2
billion in potential benefits in the form of savings related to recovering
financing costs during construction, DOE loan guarantee, production tax
credits, lower-than-forecast interest rates and lower-than-forecast commodity

Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is overseeing construction
and will operate the two new 1,100-megawatt AP1000 units for Georgia Power and
co-owners Oglethorpe Power Corporation, the Municipal Electric Authority of
Georgia and Dalton Utilities. Georgia Power owns 45.7 percent of the new
units, with a certified cost of $6.1 billion.

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the
nation's largest generators of electricity. The company is an investor-owned,
tax-paying utility with rates below the national average. Georgia Power serves
2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties.

SOURCE Georgia Power

Contact: Georgia Power Media Relations, +1-404-506-7676
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