Employees safely return Plant Hatch unit 2 to service following planned refueling outage

   Employees safely return Plant Hatch unit 2 to service following planned
                               refueling outage

PR Newswire

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21, 2013

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., March 21, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Employees of the Edwin I.
Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley, Ga., brought unit 2 back on-line Wednesday at
4:25 p.m. ET. The unit is producing electricity after a safe, scheduled
refueling and maintenance outage.

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"Plant Hatch employees along with our Alliance partners and contract employees
safely and successfully completed the scheduled unit 2 refueling outage," said
Dennis Madison, Hatch site vice president. "With a relentless focus on nuclear
and personnel safety, our goal is always to exceed standards in everything we
do to produce safe, clean, reliable electricity. The maintenance and refueling
activities performed during this outage demonstrated our commitment to

"I am proud of the local communities' response to the demands that occur when
our site population increases during outages," Madison said. "Local hotels,
restaurants and merchants all welcome the customer increase and work to meet
their needs which in turn boosts the local economies."

Unit 2 will now continue to produce safe, reliable electricity for our
customers until the next refueling outage in two years. Plant Hatch unit 1
continues to safely generate electricity at full power.

About Southern Nuclear:
Southern Nuclear, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), is one of the
nation's leading nuclear energy facility operators. Producing safe, reliable
and environmentally friendly nuclear energy, Southern Nuclear operates a total
of six units for Alabama Power and Georgia Power at the Joseph M. Farley
Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala.; the Edwin I. Hatch Nuclear Plant near Baxley,
Ga., and the Alvin W. Vogtle Electric Generating Plant near Waynesboro, Ga.
Southern Nuclear is the licensee of two new nuclear units currently under
construction at Plant Vogtle, which will be the first nuclear units
constructed in the United States in more than 30 years. Southern Nuclear
employs more than 3,500 skilled and dedicated professionals who are committed
each day to nuclear and personal safety and the health and safety of the
public. The company's headquarters is based in Birmingham, Ala. Twitter:
@SouthernNuclear. Facebook: facebook.com/southernnuclear.

About Southern Company:
With 4.4 million customers and more than 43,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. A leading U.S.
producer of clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity, Southern Company
owns electric utilities in four states and a growing competitive generation
company, as well as fiber optics and wireless communications. Southern Company
brands are known for energy innovation, excellent customer service, high
reliability and retail electric prices that are below the national average.
Southern Company and its subsidiaries are leading the nation's nuclear
renaissance through the construction of the first new nuclear units to be
built in a generation of Americans and are demonstrating their commitment to
energy innovation through the development of a state-of-the-art coal
gasification plant. Southern Company has been recognized by the U.S.
Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer and
listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks. The company received the
2012 Edison Award from the Edison Electric Institute for its leadership in new
nuclear development, was named  Electric Light & Power magazine's Utility of
the Year for 2012 and is continually ranked among the top utilities in
Fortune's annual World's Most Admired Electric and Gas Utility rankings. Visit
our website at www.southerncompany.com.

SOURCE Southern Company

Website: http://www.southerncompany.com
Contact: Southern Nuclear Communications, +1-205-992-5395 - Media line,
Twitter: @SouthernNuclear, Facebook: facebook.com/southernnuclear,
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