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Plant Farley unveils electric charging stations for employees

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Sept. 15, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, the Joseph M. Farley Nuclear Plant near Dothan, Ala., unveiled dual charging stations for ten electric and/or plug-in hybrid vehicles for energy-conscious employees to charge their vehicles while they work.

Matthew Budraitis and Don Ketcham, Farley engineers, plug-in an electric vehicle to officially open the charging stations as Farley Site Vice President Cheryl Gayheart looks on.

"Charging an electric vehicle at home currently costs about $1 for 35 miles of energy," said Site Design Engineer Matthew Budraitis. "Workplace charging makes driving electric convenient and more financially attractive. It also helps vehicles with smaller battery packs travel more miles in a day."

Plant Farley leadership made the decision to install the charging stations based on requests from employees. The stations are the first to be installed at the company's three nuclear sites.

"Our mission is to generate clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy, and our company is a national leader in promoting the importance of America's energy mix," said Site Vice President Cheryl Gayheart. "We're glad to make this investment and provide cost-saving and environmental benefits for our workers and the community. I am hopeful more workers will take advantage of our company's incentives for electric vehicles as well as other incentives at the state and federal levels."

Southern Company has been committed to the research, development and marketing of electric transportation since the early 1990s. Visit the Southern Company Electric Transportation webpage to learn more about the company's involvement and advancements.

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.

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About Southern Company:
With more than 4.5 million customers and approximately 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 excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices that are below the national average. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are inventing America's energy future by developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including nuclear, 21st century coal, natural gas, renewables and energy efficiency, and creating new products and services for the benefit of customers. Southern Company has been named by the U.S. Department of Defense and G.I. Jobs magazine as a top military employer, listed by Black Enterprise magazine as one of the 40 Best Companies for Diversity and designated a 2014 Top Employer for Hispanics by Hispanic Network. The company earned the 2014 National Award of Nuclear Science and History from the National Atomic Museum Foundation for its leadership and commitment to nuclear development, 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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