Plant McDonough-Atkinson near Atlanta is changing from coal to natural gas, dramatically reducing emissions and nearly quintupling its capacity.

Plant Ratcliffe in Kemper County, Miss., is preparing for the first domestic use of TRIG™, a process that converts coal into a gas. The plant is also designed to capture up to 65 percent of the carbon dioxide it releases, which is then sold for use in recovering U.S. oil reserves.

Continuous improvement in reliability is a hallmark of the Southern Company system’s transmission and distribution network, which has become increasingly dependable over the past decade.

When it comes to energy, a diverse supply is a secure supply. While some utilities are banking on a relatively narrow range of options, only Southern Company is using “all the arrows in the quiver.” Near Waynesboro, Ga., Georgia Power is building the first new nuclear units licensed in the U.S. in more than 30 years. In Kemper County, Miss., Mississippi Power is making plans to turn coal into a cleaner-burning gas. Just outside Atlanta, Georgia Power is replacing coal-fired units with natural gas, reducing emissions while actually increasing capacity. In New Mexico, Southern Power is advancing renewable energy with one of the country’s largest solar energy stations, and in Texas, putting the finishing touches on the largest biomass facility in the U.S. And that’s all in addition to our efforts at promoting energy efficiency. When it comes to reliability, we know from experience that spreading our resources is the best way to limit risk and ensure a dependable supply of electricity for generations to come.