Our COVID-19 Response
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During an unprecedented year for our country and our company, we never stopped working and continue serving our 9 million customers every day, either on-site, in the field or while working remotely. Throughout 2020 our businesses demonstrated resilience, achieved important milestones, progressed toward a net zero future, institutionalized our commitment to racial equity and maintained keen focus on the health and safety of our customers, our neighbors and our employees as we provided clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy. As we move into 2021, we are reflecting on our important achievements in 2020.
We find ourselves at a critical moment in history when very necessary and important discussions about racism and racial injustice are taking place. At Southern Company, we are confronting these issues head-on. We are committed to be a role model among companies forging change. Striving for equity will be an ongoing journey. We accept that there is much work to be done and that great opportunities remain. Our resolve is built on the knowledge that each of us, in this place and at this time, is being called to stand up for racial justice.
Southern Company has seen a rapid transition of its system’s generation fleet. The Southern Company system’s carbon emissions have decreased by 44% through 2019, and the company now expects to achieve the 50% reduction goal well in advance of 2030, and possibly as early as 2025. The company remains a leader in formulating and implementing a comprehensive strategy to reduce GHG emissions.
Working closely with our customers and regulators, we have made significant progress in reducing the emissions profile of our electric generation fleet. For 2019, coal decreased to 22% of our annual energy mix while renewables grew to 12%.
Through September, over one-third of our energy supply in 2020 was from zero carbon resources and coal represented just 16%. We continue to project that for the full year generation from coal could be below 20% for the first time in modern history.
Significant progress was made in 2020 at the Vogtle nuclear expansion site where several major milestones were achieved. Southern Company enacted several precautionary measures at the site aimed at preserving the health of the workforce. As such, Unit 3 continues toward achieving the historic milestone of fuel load expected in April 2021, and ultimately in-service operation.
Plant Vogtle units 3 and 4 will be the first new nuclear units built in the U.S. in the last three decades. Once complete, the Vogtle site will produce enough safe, reliable, affordable electricity to power 1 million Georgia homes and businesses. The new Vogtle units are an essential part of Georgia Power’s commitment to deliver safe, clean, reliable and affordable energy for customers and play a significant role in supporting Southern Company’s goal of net-zero carbon emissions by 2050.
In 2020, teammates across the Southern Company system continued to serve customers and communities under extraordinary circumstances. We’ve quickly and safely restored electricity to millions in our own service territory and across the eastern half of the country following devastating storms while practicing COVID-19 safety protocols. We understand our responsibility to be there for those who depend on us, and we’ll continue to keep the lights on and the gas flowing.
The record-breaking 2020 hurricane season produced 30 named storms, including 13 hurricanes and six major hurricanes in a 6-month season. This is only the second time National Hurricane Center forecasters have had to use the Greek alphabet for names, with the last time being 2005.
Sep 22 2020
The lights were back on for Gulf Coast residents as they continued Monday to recover from Hurricane Sally after Southern Company system responders safely completed restoring electric service to nearly 838,000 customers affected by the Category 2 storm.
From innovating our industry to making strides in sustainable energy, we’re recognized as a leader by customers, partners, investors, employees and the broader business, science and technology communities. Here are some of our awards and distinctions that highlight our success:
Through our commitment to innovation and a net-zero carbon emissions future, we are leaders in providing clean and resilient energy solutions that will sustain future generations. We develop and deploy the full portfolio of diverse energy resources - hydro, natural gas, solar, nuclear, wind and distributed generation like microgrids.