Southern Company Named No. 1 Utility In North America

            Southern Company Named No. 1 Utility In North America

Pepco's Rigby, Navajo Tribal Utility Authority's Haase Are Best CEOs

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TULSA, Okla., Dec. 17, 2012

TULSA, Okla., Dec. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --PennWell Corp. — Electric utility
giant Southern Company has been named the No. 1 electric utility in North
America by Electric Light & Power magazine. The 90-year-old voice of the
electric utility industry also announced two Utility CEOs of the Year: Pepco
Holdings Inc. (PHI) Chairman of the Board, President and CEO Joseph M. Rigby
and Navajo Tribal Utility Authority (NTUA) General Manager Walter W. Haase.


Rigby, Haase and Southern Company Chairman of the Board, President and CEO
Thomas A. Fanning will accept their awards Jan. 27 in San Diego during the
fourth annual Electric Light & Power Executive Conference, the executive
preview of North America's No. 1 smart grid show, DistribuTECH Conference &

"Southern Company flourished in 2012 under Mr. Fanning's leadership," said
Teresa Hansen, Electric Light & Power editor in chief. "He and his employees
drove the fourth-largest utility in the United States to achieve high rankings
in market capitalization, innovation, construction, job creation and customer
satisfaction reports, despite expected coal plant retirements next year and
tough political and economic times."

Rigby won in the Large Utility CEO of the Year division, open to North
American electric utilities with 400,000 customers or more. Haase won in the
Small Utility CEO of the Year division, open to North American electric
utilities with fewer than 400,000 customers.

"Mr. Rigby has taken innumerable measures against cybersecurity threats
against the electric grid in the nation's capital, and Mr. Haase has made
electricity available to members of the Navajo Nation who had been living
without it," Hansen said. "These leaders should not only be recognized for
their ingenuity, but also imitated throughout the electric industry. They're
protecting lives and providing a better quality of life for Americans."

A feature article on Southern Company appears in the November-December issue
of Electric Light & Power magazine, and another on Rigby and Haase will appear
in the January-February issue.

Atlanta-based Southern Company serves some 4.4 million customers in
Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia and Florida through four retail operating
companies: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power and Mississippi Power.

Washington, D.C.,-based PHI has some 2 million customers in Delaware, the
District of Columbia, Maryland and New Jersey. PHI subsidiaries Pepco,
Delmarva Power and Atlantic City Electric provide regulated electricity
service; Delmarva Power also provides natural gas service. PHI also provides
energy efficiency and renewable energy services through Pepco Energy Services.

NTUA, based in Fort Defiance, Ariz., serves some 39,400 electric customers and
193 photovoltaic customers. NTUA purchases electrical power from the Navajo
Nation and transmits that power to homes throughout northern Arizona,
northwestern New Mexico and southeastern Utah. Even as NTUA works hard to meet
the basic utility needs of the Navajo Nation, an estimated 16,000 families
remain without access to electricity, and many more homes and families are
without access to basic infrastructure such as telephones, water, wastewater
and natural gas services.

About PennWell:
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