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PLANT SCHERER TO RECEIVE WESTERN COAL

 ATLANTA, Oct. 1 /PRNewswire/ -- The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) will begin receiving western coal to be burned at Plant Scherer Units 3 and 4.
 "The co-owners have signed the necessary contracts that allow for procurement of western coal for Plant Scherer," said David Putman, manager of fuel procurement and planning at Southern Company Services.
 Previously, the plant burned only eastern coal. "The cost of purchasing and shipping western coal to the Southeast has decreased," Putman said. "We're now in a position to procure western coal for Plant Scherer at competitive rates, resulting in lower production costs and savings for our customers."
 Plant Scherer, a four-unit, 3,272-megawatt power plant located near Macon, Ga., is jointly owned by Georgia Power, Oglethorpe Power Corp., the Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, Gulf Power, the city of Dalton, Ga., Florida Power & Light Company, and Jacksonville Electric Authority.
 Southern Company Services, the fuel procurement agent for the co- owners, received bids on Sept. 24 for the initial purchase of Powder River Basin spot coal for a term of three months.
 Southern Company Service provides technical and specialized services to The Southern Company and its other subsidiaries -- Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, Savannah Electric, Southern Nuclear, and Southern Electric International.
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 /CONTACT: David Mould or Karen O'Leary of The Southern Company, 404- 455-1077/
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