At Southern Company, we believe energy is opportunity. That’s why we’re committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy to the customers and communities we’re privileged to serve.
Throughout 2023, we continued bringing our vision of a cleaner, brighter energy future to life. From Plant Vogtle Unit 3 entering commercial operation, to investing in the advancement of our communities, we’re turning possibilities into realities.
We have a vision of a clean energy future, and every day, we put it in motion. Operating 24/7/365, nuclear energy facilities produce more than half of all U.S. carbon-free electricity. Plant Vogtle will play an essential role in supporting Southern Company’s goal of net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050. When Unit 4 is complete, Plant Vogtle will be the largest carbon-free generation asset in the country.
On July 31, Plant Vogtle Unit 3 entered commercial operations and is now serving customers and the state of Georgia. The new unit represents a long-term investment in the state’s clean energy future and will provide reliable, emissions-free energy to customers for decades to come.
Following hot functional testing and a 103(g) finding from the Nuclear Regulatory Commission, (NRC), Vogtle Unit 4 begun the process of loading nuclear fuel, marking a significant milestone in the project's construction. This brings the unit closer to completion and commercial operation.
We believe energy is a necessity not just a commodity. While no system is perfect, our regulated structure holds us accountable for delivering on the promise of clean, reliable and affordable energy for all customers we’re privileged to serve.
Alabama Power's Plant Barry Unit 8 is now operating and serving customers across the state. The new unit utilizes advanced technology and clean energy solutions to generate up to 727 megawatts (MW), which is enough energy to power more than 200,000 homes. Combined with the other generating units at the site, Plant Barry’s total generating capacity is now 3,246 MW, making it the largest generating facility in Alabama Power’s system.
Georgia Power filed an update to its Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to accommodate the state's extraordinary economic growth and meet its energy needs. Current energy projections for Georgia reflect energy growth of approximately 6,600 MW through 2030, up from approximately 400 MW previously forecasted in January 2022.
The Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) has granted approval for the use of accident tolerant fuel at Vogtle 2. This first-of-its-kind authorization paves the way for the implementation of advanced fuel technology, which enhances the efficiency and performance of the nuclear reactor. Southern Company's Vogtle facility continues to lead in the adoption of innovative solutions to ensure the safe and sustainable generation of clean energy.
When things are at their worst, we’re at our best. Hurricane Idalia's path resulted in power outages to more than 250,000 Southern Company customers. The system’s unified restoration team consisting of 5,500 personnel from across four operating companies worked tirelessly to restore power and repair gas lines. Within 48 to 72 hours, most customers had their power restored, thanks to the efforts of Georgia Power, Alabama Power, Mississippi Power and Southern Company Gas.
Through our foundations and corporate giving, we invested $120 million in our communities in 2022
We’ve invested $142 million as part of our five-year $225 million commitment towards advancing racial equity and social justice
Our electric and gas operating companies helped to bring $35 billion in economic development and about 60,000 jobs to our service territories in 2022
Net zero affordable neighborhood demonstrates the importance of natural gas in a sustainable future for all
Nicor Gas has partnered with Fox Valley Habitat for Humanity to break ground on a new smart neighborhood in Chicagoland. The project aims to build energy-efficient homes, incorporating smart technology and advanced energy solutions.
Southern Company was named as a co-chair of a clean tech energy innovation fund with a specific focus on diversity. The Elevate Fund, as part of Energy Impact Partners (EIP), is focused on driving diversity in the energy ecosystem by providing capital to underrepresented founders of clean technology companies and supporting diversity and minority-owned businesses in the associated supply chain. Southern Company was the inaugural donor to the fund, which has raised $111.9 million of limited partner commitments.
As a Proud Partner of the TOUR Championship, and Official Energy Company of the PGA Tour, Southern Company helped generate nearly $50 million for community charities since the TOUR Championship was first staged at Atlanta’s East Lake Golf Club in 1998. Southern Company and subsidiaries Georgia Power and Southern Company Gas in 2023 proudly delivered 100% renewable energy to the tournament for the second consecutive year.
Nicor Gas is fulfilling its promise to bring natural gas service to the community of Hopkins Park, Illinois. This initiative is providing residents who have historically relied on propane and wood-fired stoves to heat their homes with a more affordable and reliable energy option.
The National Carbon Capture Center (NCCC), which is managed and operated by Southern Company on behalf of the U.S. Department of Energy continues to find breakthroughs in reducing GHG emissions from fossil-fuel-based power plants. This year, the NCCC completed the facility’s first installed and commissioned direct air capture (DAC) on-site test, in collaboration with Southern States Energy Board (SSEB) and Aircapture. This testing aims to explore and develop new technologies for capturing carbon dioxide directly from the air.
Nicor Gas will participate in the Midwest Alliance for Clean Hydrogen (MachH2), which was approved as one of the seven regional clean hydrogen hubs by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). The involvement of Nicor Gas and its pipeline infrastructure expertise will contribute to the transportation of clean hydrogen, reducing emissions and creating job opportunities.
Southern Company, TerraPower, and CORE POWER have successfully initiated pumped-salt operations in the Integrated Effects Test (IET), a significant milestone in the development of Generation-IV molten salt reactor technology. The IET will provide valuable data for the development of TerraPower's Molten Chloride Fast Reactor, which has the potential to provide affordable and sustainable net-zero clean energy in various sectors.