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•Southern Company is the 4th largest utility in the U.S. and provides electric power to over four million people in the Southeast.
•They are a regulated monopoly and have successfully lobbied for regulations that make it difficult for residents to install solar power.
•Southern Company has been resistant to invest in clean power alternatives besides “clean coal” because they claim it will burden their customers with higher electric bills.
-- Profile Updated 05/19/2010
About Southern Company
Southern Company one of the largest providers of electricity in the United States. It was ranked 149 on the Fortune 500 list of largest US corporations. They currently have about 26,000 employees, serving around 4.4. Million customers in the Southeast Region of the United States, and supply more than 42,000 megawatts of power.
On the positive side, they are known for their superior customer service, and prices significantly below the national average. However, their “inexpensive” power comes at a price. Southern Company relies extensively on coal to generate their power and they are also planning to expand their nuclear capacities.
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Atlanta, GA 30308 United States
Ethics and Governance
Shareholders of Southern Company are urging them to provide a report on the risks associated with their coal ash impoundments. Southern Company’s position on coal ash is that is a safe byproduct, even though tests have proven that this false, and coal ash contains several toxic metals. Several other energy providers have been held financially and legally responsible for accidents regarding coal ash. Coal ash has been linked to many human health issues along with environmental issues.
-- Green Century Capital Management, 07/02/2010
Source URL: www.incr.com/Document.Doc?id=564
David M. Ratcliffe is the CEO, Chairman of the Board and President of Southern Company. He has been employed with the company for 39 years. His total compensation from Southern Company was $10,804,474 in 2009. He also serves as a Director of CSX Corporation and received a compensation of $295,503 in 2009. He also serves as a director for Alabama Power, Georgia Power & Southern Power (all subsidiaries of Southern Company).
-- Forbes, 07/02/2010
Southern Company had the largest climate change lobbying force in Washington, DC. when the House of Representatives was considering climate legislation in 2009, totaling 63 lobbyists They had almost double the amount of lobbyists as Edison Electric. Southern Company’s strong interest in climate legislation likely stems from their reliance on fossil fuels. A Southern Company spokeswoman provided the following rationale for the company’s extensive lobbying on climate legislation, “We do believe it will have a profound impact on the U.S. economy, and the bill does not do enough to reduce the cost to customers or to provide regional fairness.”
-- Center for Public Integrity, 07/01/2009
Source URL: www.publicintegrity.org/blog/entry/1541/
Southern Company is one of the top five power companies in the world, in terms of C02 emitted. They emit 206,000,000 tons of CO2 per year and produce 279,000,000 MWh of energy of which 77.08% comes from fossil fuels.
-- Carma, 06/29/2010
Source URL: www.carma.org/company
Georgia Power (a Southern Company subsidiary) is reviewing rulemaking on coal ash proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency. EPA released two versions of the rule: one of which treats coal ash as toxic waste and one that does not. Currently Georgia Power stores coal ash as sludge in 10 unlined ponds around the state. Under the most lenient new rules these ponds would have to either be lined or closed down in 5 years.
-- Atlanta Business News, 05/05/2010
The EPA is currently considering whether to classify Coal Ash as a hazardous material or not. If it were to become classified new regulations would be put into effect as to how to properly dispose of the substance. Georgia Power claims that coal ash is not hazardous at all, and notes that the EPA has ruled coal ash non-hazardous in the past.
-- Atlanta's PBS Station, 05/05/2010
Southern Company, as well as other Southeastern utilities, have been reluctant to promote energy efficiency. As a result, the Southeast trails most of the United States in energy efficiency. Research conducted by the Georgia Institute of Technology demonstrates that if the Southeast fully implemented energy efficiency measures, it could prevent energy consumption from growing in the next twenty years and reduce utility bills by $41 billion per year, starting in 2020.
-- Grist, 04/12/2010
Georgia Power, which is owned by Southern Company, has a monopoly on power in Georgia. In 2010, the Dekalb County school system wanted to put solar panels on their buildings, but were unable to as a result of the Territorial Electric Service Act of 1973, which gives Georgia Power a monopoly over the purchase of energy. Southern Company believes that renewable energy will drive up costs to customers. However, a growing number of utilites nationwide are allowing their customers to install solar energy on their homes and businesses.
-- Common Dreams Newswire, 04/01/2010
Source URL: www.commondreams.org/headline/2010/04/01
The Dekalb County School System could have had solar panels installed for free through a PPA system. The PPA system allows schools to purchase the panels at no cost from a solar installation company, which finances them. The school would then purchase energy from the company for the next 20 years. Typically the schools pay for the panels within the first 5 years, and there after save a significant amount of money on energy for the next 15 years.
The Georgia Power company has a monopoly on the purchase of energy, and as a result the school system could not be apart of the PPA program, and was unable to install the solar panels because of the significant expense.
-- Inter Press Service, 03/31/2010
Source URL: www.ipsnews.net/news.asp?idnews=50862
Southern Company owns three power plants which top the list of U.S coal fired sources of heat-trapping carbon dioxide emissions. A plant in Georgia topped the list by emitting about 27 million tons in 2007. Southern Company claims to be looking into environmental controls, and plans to spend $1billion on energy efficiency and demand control programs between now and 2020. Southern Company owns many old coal plants, and, throughout the US, it is the plants built before 1980 that produced 73% of the total global warming pollution from power plants in 2007.
-- New York Times, 11/24/2009
Southern Company’s critics contend that the company is opposed to renewable energy. Southern Company is a proponent of “clean coal,” which its critics say does not exist. Southern Company owns a significant number of old coal plants that have been grandfathered in under the Clean Air Act. Southern Company has been telling politicians for years that resources for renewable energies in the South are limited.
-- Grist, 05/20/2009
Southern Company has received the Department of Energy’s support for the Nation’s first nuclear units in 30 years. The offer was for Southern Company’s subsidiary Georgia Power. The new units will be located at Plant Vogtle near Waynesboro, Ga.
-- PR Newswire, 02/16/2009
In many ways coal ash ponds are less monitored and regulated than landfills in Georgia. Georgia Power's Plant Schere has an ash pond that is almost 19 times larger than the TVA pond that collapsed and caused catastrophic damage to the surrounding area in Tennessee.
Georgia is ranked 13th in the amount of coal ash it generates. Plant Scherer which is owned by Georgia Power. alone burns 15 million tons of coal a year and produces about 1,900 tons of ash a day, of which around 1,033 tons are deposited daily into its ash ponds. The other 46% of the coal ash is reused in concrete and other “safe” uses for coal ash.
Currently there have been no incidents at Plant Scherer, but Plant Bowen which is also owned by Georgia Power spilled over 2 million gallons in 2002, due to a sinkhole opening beneath the pond. Residents near Plant Scherer are worried about the health risks of living near the pond.
-- Macon.com, 01/11/2009