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Georgia Power named overall national pledge leader in Environmental Protection Agency's ENERGY STAR® campaign

Georgia Power named overall national pledge leader in Environmental Protection
                        Agency's ENERGY STAR® campaign

Company hosted more than 270 energy efficiency events in 2012

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, May 2, 2013

ATLANTA, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power has been named the overall
national pledge leader by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in
recognition of companywide efforts during the 2012 "Change the World, Start
with ENERGY STAR^®" campaign.


The campaign, presented annually by the EPA, encourages consumers to take
small steps, such as replacing incandescent bulbs with high efficiency, ENERGY
STAR certified bulbs and using programmable thermostats, to save energy and
help the environment.

This announcement marks the second consecutive year that Georgia Power has
been named the overall national pledge leader and the seventh consecutive year
that the company has ranked within the campaign's top five companies. The
company first joined the pledge campaign in 2006 and, since then, has
distributed more than 830,000 compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) in
exchange for energy efficiency pledges from customers. Georgia Power
accomplished this by hosting special events, more than 270 individual events
in 2012 alone, at local business offices and throughout local communities.

According to the EPA's ENERGY STAR website, Georgia Power's role in the 2012
campaign resulted in more than 312 million saved kilowatt-hours and energy
cost savings of nearly $50 million.

"Helping our customers become more energy efficient remains a top priority for
Georgia Power and participating in this national campaign every year is an
exciting way to engage our customers across the state," said Michele Wagner,
energy efficiency director for Georgia Power. "The campaign definitely helps
our customers realize that small changes in their everyday lives can make a
big difference for our energy future."   

Georgia Power has also integrated the Change the World pledge campaign into
its well-known EarthCents® program - a portfolio of energy efficiency programs
created to help customers save money, use energy efficiently and protect the
environment. EarthCents programs include the Home Energy Improvement Program,
Lighting and Appliance Program, Refrigerator Recycling Program, and the
Commercial Energy Efficiency Program. For details on additional programs to
save energy and money, visit

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: Media Relations, (404) 506-7676 or (800) 282-1696
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