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Bonbright Conference Current Environmental Issues A Utility Perspective. Chuck Huling Vice President, Environmental Affairs Oct. 10, 2008. Today’s Discussion. Who we are Environmental challenges What we’re doing Where we’re headed Our commitment. Alabama Power. Georgia Power.

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bonbright conference current environmental issues a utility perspective

Bonbright ConferenceCurrent Environmental IssuesA Utility Perspective

Chuck Huling

Vice President, Environmental Affairs

Oct. 10, 2008

today s discussion
Today’s Discussion
  • Who we are
  • Environmental challenges
  • What we’re doing
  • Where we’re headed
  • Our commitment
who we are

Alabama

Power

Georgia

Power

Mississippi

Power

Gulf Power

Who we are
  • Largest of four Southern Company electric utilities
  • $7.2 billion in revenue
  • 2.3M+ customers
  • 9,000 employees
  • 13,000 miles of transmission lines
  • 61,000 miles of distribution lines
  • High customer satisfaction
  • Rates about 15 percent below the national average

Alabama

Power

Georgia

Power

georgia power generation mix

Hydro

2%

Nuclear

16%

Hydro

5%

DSM

4%

Nuclear

10%

Coal

66%

Gas

16%

Coal

44%

Gas

37%

2008 Capacity

2008 Energy

Georgia Power Generation Mix
u s capacity additions
U.S. Capacity Additions

Percent of total

environmental challenges
Environmental Challenges
  • Environmental controls
  • Climate change
  • Growth
  • Water and waste management
  • Changing landscape
    • Political, regulatory, judicial
environmental controls
Environmental Controls

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

Bowen 1-2

Bowen 3-4

1

1

3

3

Branch 1-2

Branch 3-4

Hammond 1-4

Scherer 1-2

1

Scherer 3-4

3

Wansley 1-2

Yates 6-7

Not to scale

Baghouse

Scrubber

SCR

southern company s position
Southern Company’s Position

Climate change is a challenging issue for our world and our nation. Southern Company is committed to a leadership role in finding solutions that make technological, environmental and economic sense. The focus of this effort must be on developing and deploying technologies that reduce greenhouse gases while making sure electricity remains reliable and affordable.

climate change principles
Climate Change Principles
  • Any policy or legislation must ...
    • Take a global approach
    • Apply economy-wide – i.e. not target one sector over another
    • Have limited economic impact
    • Have achievable targets and timetables tied to the availability of technology
waste management
Waste Management

Plant Bowen Gypsum Storage

Georgia Dome

changing landscape
Changing Landscape
  • Political, regulatory, judicial uncertainty
    • Clean Air Interstate Rule (CAIR)
    • Clean Air Mercury Rule (CAMR)
    • Non-attainment for ozone and particulate matter
what we re doing
What We’re Doing
  • The basics
    • Conserving, recycling, compliance with regulatory requirements
  • … and so much more
    • $5 billion in environmental controls, a diverse energy plan, sustainable change
slide16

What We’re DoingReducing Emissions with Environmental Controls

21 Scrubbers

9 SCRs

4 Baghouses

slide17

SO2 Scrubbers

SO2 Scrubbers

Scrubber’s reduce sulfur dioxide emissions

historical emissions trends
Historical Emissions Trends

Population

Up 58%

MERCURY

DOWN 75%

NOx

DOWN

85%

SO2

DOWN

93%

1990

diverse energy mix

Plant Vogtle

Conceptual View with Units 3 & 4

Plant McDonough Combined Cycle

Diverse Energy Mix
  • Replacing 540 megawatts of coal-fired generation with more than 2,500 megawatts of natural gas-generation
  • Adding zero-emissions nuclear generation
sustainable change
Hybrid bucket trucks

Voluntary no-idling policy

SmartRide

Sustainable Change
where we re headed
Where We’re Headed
  • Investing $400 million on environmental research and development
  • Developing one of nation’s largest biomass plants
  • Energy efficiency programs to reduce demand by 1,000 MW by 2010
our environmental commitment
Our Environmental Commitment

We have a good environmental record and are taking steps to improve the environment in the communities we serve.

  • Solutions –
  • Balance –
  • Stewardship –

We must balance environmental requirements with growing energy needs and the economy.

We evaluate environmental concerns in the business decisions we make.