Georgia Power and the Atlanta Hawks partner to power Philips Arena with green energy

Georgia Power and the Atlanta Hawks partner to power Philips Arena with green

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, Dec. 20, 2012

ATLANTA, Dec.20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ --Atlanta Hawks fans have something to
cheer about in addition to the Hawks' winning record. On Friday, the Atlanta
Hawks and Philips Arena signed a contract with Georgia Power to purchase
enough green energy to power the arena for the entire 2012-2013 Atlanta Hawks
basketball season.

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Through the partnership, the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena purchased 751,544
kilowatt-hours- or 7,516 blocks- of green energy, enough to power the arena
during all 41 home games this season. The amount of green energy purchased is
enough to power 75 Georgia homes for a year. This purchase is made possible
through Georgia Power's special events purchase option, which is a component
of the company's Green Energy program.

"We're proud to partner with the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena as they
continue their unwavering commitment to being a leading environmental steward
in the city of Atlanta," said Mike Hazelton, Georgia Power's Vice President of
Marketing. "This purchase positions them as one of our top green energy
special events partners."

The partnership will require additional energy from renewable resources to be
added to the power grid in amounts equal to what it takes to power Philips
Arena during Hawks home games. Georgia Power will use Green-e Certified energy
sources to power the arena.

"The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena are committed to protecting the
livelihood of the environment through innovative methods, and Georgia Power is
helping us meet our goals through their Green Energy Program," said Bob
Williams, President, Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena. "Together, we continue
to reduce our carbon footprint today and for the future."

The Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena have been a pioneer in the area of
environmental stewardship. Philips Arena was the first professional sports and
concert facility in the world to receive LEED-EB certification, establishing
Philips as the model for other sports and entertainment venues to follow. This
purchase of green energy underscores their commitment to going green, and
further establishes the group as an energy-conscious organization.

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.

The Atlanta Hawks, a member of the National Basketball Association since 1949,
play in the Southeast Division, along with the Charlotte Bobcats, Miami Heat,
Orlando Magic and Washington Wizards. Tickets for all Hawks home games are on
sale at, the Philips Arena box office and all
Ticketmaster locations, with absolutely no ticketing fees. Purchase lower
level season tickets for the 2012-13 season for less than $24 a game!For more
information on the Hawks, log on to

Named for founding partner Philips, Philips Arena is consistently ranked among
the top 10 concert and event venues in the world. In April 2009, Philips Arena
became the first NBA arena to achieve LEED certification for an existing
building as specified by the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).
Philips Arena is online at

SOURCE Georgia Power

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