Georgia Power receives EEI's 2012 Emergency Response Awards

         Georgia Power receives EEI's 2012 Emergency Response Awards

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2013

WASHINGTON, Jan. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Edison Electric Institute (EEI) has
honored Georgia Power with both of the association's longstanding Emergency
Response Awards – the Recovery Award and the Assistance Award.

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The 2012 Emergency Recovery Award recognizes the company's efforts to restore
power to its customers following fierce summer storms in Georgia. The 2012
Emergency Assistance Award honors efforts to help other electric utilities
following the summer derecho, Hurricane Isaac in August and "Superstorm Sandy"
in the fall.

"Georgia Power was faced with a major restoration effort following last
summer's extended period of severe weather," said EEI President Tom Kuhn. "It
takes strong commitment, advanced planning and great execution. Georgia Power
responded with all three. They're a great example for the nation's electric
power industry. I congratulate them."

"This award is a reflection of the hard work and dedication of our employees
who serve our customers and deliver exceptional service 24/7, in good
conditions and bad," said Georgia Power CEO Paul Bowers. "Our first priority
is our customers and when severe weather hits we are committed to restoring
power as quickly and safely as possible."

The summer storms were unique in that Georgia Power had to maintain an
extended response on several fronts. Shortly after 173 employees deployed to
help mutual assistance partners following the June derecho in the Midwest and
Northeast, severe thunderstorms and an intense heat wave began in Georgia. The
company responded to two weeks of back-to-back storms along with the heat
wave. Storm teams replaced more than 1,100 transformers during the period to
restore power for customers.

The Assistance Award has been presented each year to EEI member electric
utility companies since 1998. It recognizes extraordinary efforts undertaken
in restoring electric service to another utility company disrupted by severe
weather or other natural events.

"Georgia Power's restoration assistance following three major storms was truly
remarkable," said Kuhn. "We congratulate Georgia Power's work through the
industry's mutual assistance program. Their crews were essential in helping
their fellow utility companies restore service. Importantly, this assistance
also shows their compassion in helping others in their time of need."

Bowers added, "We are always willing to help our neighbors recover in
challenging times. At Georgia Power, our motto is 'A Citizen Wherever We
Serve.' From the outpouring of appreciation received from the Gulf Coast, the
Midwest and Northeast following these three major events, it's clear that our
storm teams lived up to that motto. We are very proud of the skill, dedication
and compassion they displayed."

Considering the three events together, company storm teams comprising nearly
1,400 employees spent 41 days enduring hard work, difficult weather and
often-challenging living conditions away from home. Almost half of that time
was spent on the Hurricane Sandy restoration, which also represented the
company's largest deployment since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

For Hurricane Sandy, some 724 employees participated, representing more than
40 percent of line worker resources. Additionally, 137 contractors were
released to help.

In Atlanta, additional assistance was provided as Georgia Power customer
service representatives handled a portion of off-system customer calls in a
relatively new form of mutual assistance. Telecommunications technology and a
highly skilled call center staff enabled Georgia Power to help with overflow
calls from the utility in the disaster area.

Both awards were made following an international nomination process and were
presented during EEI's winter CEO meeting January 10, 2013, in Phoenix, Ariz.

The Edison Electric Institute (EEI) is the association of U.S.
shareholder-owned electric companies. Members serve 95 percent of the ultimate
customers in the shareholder-owned segment of the industry, and represent
approximately 70 percent of the U.S. electric power industry. We also have
more than 65 international electric companies as affiliate members, and more
than 170 industry suppliers and related organizations as associate members.

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: Keith Voight, +1-202-508-5683 or John Kraft, +1-404-506-7676
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