Southern Company recognized with industry-leading awards
ATLANTA, June 26, 2014
ATLANTA, June 26, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --Southern Company's landmark 25-megawatt
carbon-capture demonstration received the 2014 Industry Excellence Chairman's
Award Wednesday at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Electric Exchange
(SEE), an association of investor-owned electric utility companies.
Southern Company’s Chief Environmental Officer Dr. Larry S. Monroe (L) accepts
Chairman’s Award from Southeastern Electric Exchange Executive Director Jim
Located at Southern Company subsidiary Alabama Power's Plant Barry near
Mobile, Ala., the groundbreaking project is the world's largest demonstration
of carbon capture and sequestration on a pulverized-coal power plant.
Approximately 150,000 tons of carbon dioxide are captured annually, supplied
to the U.S. Department of Energy's Southeast Regional Carbon Sequestration
Partnership and transported through a 12-mile pipeline to the Citronelle oil
field, where it is injected and permanently stored 9,500 feet underground in a
deep geologic formation.
The start-to-finish carbon-capture demonstration on the scale of the Plant
Barry facility is an important step toward establishing the technology's
viability and economic feasibility. It represents a worldwide partnership led
by Southern Company that also includes the U.S. Department of Energy,
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the Electric Power Research Institute, Denbury
Resources, the Southern States Energy Board, rail companies and a host of
The prestigious Chairman's Award, given annually to the SEE-member project
considered the "Best of the Best," was accepted by Southern Company's Chief
Environmental Officer Dr. Larry S. Monroe.
"The carbon-capture demonstration at Plant Barry represents an investment in
our energy future through the development of technologies that will help
provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to customers using
America's energy resources," said Monroe. "Southern Company recognizes the
importance of energy innovation and leads the U.S. electric utility industry
in robust, proprietary research and development."
Southern Company also received an Industry Excellence Award in the production
category for the development of PowerGraphiX™, a proprietary control room
graphics system that is licensed for sale on the open market and has the
potential to set a new standard for the power generation industry.
PowerGraphiX™ is a high-performance human/machine interface that improves
plant operators' situational awareness. Designed by a team of Southern Company
plant operators, trainers and process-control engineers, the innovative system
replaces multiple monitors displaying digital data with a tiered system of
monitors that displays groupings of related information in analog format. This
enables plant operators to better anticipate problems, make correct diagnoses
and respond properly.
In addition, Southern Company subsidiary Mississippi Power received two SEE
safety awards for the top performance in total company safety and in
transmission and distribution safety.
For the second year in a row, Mississippi Power ranked first in top total
company safety performance, which is awarded to the company achieving the best
(lowest) Occupational Safety and Health Administration recordable incidence
rate in reporting categories. This is the seventh time in the past nine years
that Mississippi Power has received the best total company safety performance.
With 4.4 million customers and nearly 46,000 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,
listed by DiversityInc as a top company for Blacks and designated a 2013 Top
Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company received the 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
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