Plant Vogtle Unit 2 marks 25 years of operation

               Plant Vogtle Unit 2 marks 25 years of operation

Construction of new Vogtle units builds on history of safety, quality and
reliable generation

PR Newswire

ATLANTA, July 15, 2014

ATLANTA, July 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ --This summer marks the 25^th anniversary
of the start of operations of Unit 2 at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle near
Waynesboro, Ga. Since first coming online in 1989, the 1,215 megawatt (MW)
unit has operated continuously – safely and cleanly powering thousands of
homes and businesses and employing thousands of residents from the surrounding

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Plant Vogtle, jointly owned by Georgia Power and several other Georgia
electric utilities, is operated by Southern Nuclear and sits on more than
3,000 acres on the banks of the Savannah River. The plant is a flagship of
Georgia Power's generation fleet and one of just two nuclear generation
facilities in Georgia, including Plant Hatch near Baxley, Ga. The plant's twin
cooling towers, which release clean water vapor as part of the plant's cooling
process, measure more than 540 feet tall and are instantly recognizable as
local landmarks.

Since 1989, Plant Vogtle Unit 2 has:

—Produced nearly 225 million megawatt hours of electricity – enough energy
to power Atlanta's Turner Field for more than 9,000 years or the city of
Atlanta for more than three decades.
—Safely operated at, or near, full capacity with a lifetime "capacity
factor" average of 90.5 percent.
—Provided more than 1,000 full-time positions in engineering, maintenance
and other functions to safely and efficiently operate units 1 and 2 every day.
Plant Vogtle has also employed thousands of additional part-time and temporary
workers for refueling outages over the years.
—Contributed millions of dollars in taxes paid to Burke County and local
municipalities. Georgia Power estimates that the company and co-owners have
paid nearly $500 million in total taxes for Plant Vogtle (including units 1-4)
since the project began in the 1970s.

Nuclear energy continues to be an essential part of Georgia Power's long-term,
strategic plan for providing energy to Georgians over the next 60 years. The
25^th anniversary of Vogtle Unit 2 illustrates the safety, reliability and
sustainability of nuclear generation as the construction of two of the first
new nuclear units to be built in the United States in three decades progresses
on the Plant Vogtle site. The construction of Vogtle units 3 and 4 is the
largest job-producing project in the state, employing approximately 5,000
people during peak construction and creating 800 permanent jobs when the plant
begins operating. Once Unit 3 enters service in 2017, followed by Unit 4 in
2018, Plant Vogtle will be the only four-unit nuclear facility in the country.

About Georgia Power
Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the
premier energy company serving the Southeast through its subsidiaries. Value,
Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the
company's promise to 2.4 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159
counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy
at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse,
innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, advanced coal and natural
gas, renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind, as well as a variety of
energy efficiency programs. Consistently recognized as a leader in customer
service, Georgia Power was recently ranked highest in overall business
customer satisfaction among large utilities in the South by J.D. Power and
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Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:
Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information
based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties.
Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements
concerning projected schedule for the completion of construction projects and
job creation. Georgia Power Company cautions that there are certain factors
that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking
information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue
reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of
future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other
factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power Company;
accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be
realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia
Power Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31,
2013, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ
materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking
information: ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the
development and construction of facilities, which include the development and
construction of generating facilities with designs that have not been
finalized or previously constructed, including changes in labor costs and
productivity factors, adverse weather conditions, shortages and inconsistent
quality of equipment, materials, and labor, contractor or supplier delay or
non-performance under construction or other agreements, operational
performance, delays associated with start-up activities, including major
equipment failure, system integration, and operations, and/or unforeseen
engineering problems; ability to construct facilities in accordance with the
requirements of permits and licenses, to satisfy any operational and
environmental performance standards, and to integrate the Plant Vogtle
expansion into the Southern Company system upon completion of construction;
regulatory approvals and actions related to the Plant Vogtle expansion,
including Georgia Public Service Commission approvals and Nuclear Regulatory
Commission actions; the inherent risks involved in operating and constructing
nuclear generating facilities, including environmental, health, regulatory,
natural disaster, terrorism, and financial risks; the ability of
counterparties of Georgia Power Company to make payments as and when due and
to perform as required; the direct or indirect effect on Georgia Power
Company's business resulting from terrorist incidents and the threat of
terrorist incidents, including cyber intrusion; and catastrophic events such
as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, hurricanes, droughts, pandemic
health events such as influenzas, or other similar occurrences. Georgia Power
Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking

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