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Separation Protocol

Southern Company Transmission will be transitioning to OATI OASIS on October 1, 2013 at https://www.oasis.oati.com. Separation Protocol postings will be available in a folder on this site.

Violations of the Separation of Functions and Communications Protocol applicable to Southern Power Company.

Pursuant to an Order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, Southern Company Services, Inc., 117 FERC 61,021, Docket No. EL05-102-000 (Oct. 5, 2006), and paragraph 6 of the Separation of Functions and Communications Protocol (Separation Protocol), Southern Companies are required to post any violation of the Separation Protocol on OASIS in a manner consistent with the process under the Standards of Conduct. Such violations are posted below:

2021

  • On April 23, 2021, the following statement was made to a Southern Power employee regarding Central Alabama:  “It’s outage time.” (Posted April 26, 2021)
  • On April 7, 2021, the following statement was made to a Southern Power employee: “McDonough Request to run 6A and 6B at full load from 0700 to 2000 on 4/14/21 and 4/13/21”. (Posted April, 8, 2021)
  • On January 25, 2021, the following statement was made on a conference call that included two Southern Power employees: “Gaston Unit 5 off”. (Posted January 26, 2021)

2020

  • On October 29, 2020, the following statement was provided to a Southern Power employee: “Bartletts Ferry 5 & 6 will be offline in the upcoming weeks”. (Posted November 2, 2020)
  • On October 20, 2020, the following information was inadvertently provided to a Southern Power employee: View data. (Posted October 22, 2020)
  • On September 23, 2020, a Southern Power employee was inadvertently sent an email with an attachment containing privileged and confidential information not intended for Southern Power. The employee opened the attachment, but upon doing so, recognized the nature of the contents and immediately closed it and deleted the email and attachment without viewing or disseminating any data contained therein. Thereafter, the employee notified SCS Operations Compliance of the occurrence. (Posted September 24, 2020)
  • On June 17, 2020, the following statement was provided to several Southern Power employees during a joint meeting: “Sensor will be installed during Fall 2021 outage at Plant Barry”. (Posted June 18, 2020)
  • On April 22, 2020, the following information was inadvertently provided to several Southern Power employees: “Just completed an outage on McDonough Unit 4”. (Posted April 23, 2020)
  • On January 21, 2020, the following information was inadvertently provided to a Southern Power employee: “Bowen 2 which was still scheduled to come online, we should evaluate the purchases starting with Todays flow (1/21) against Bowen 2 for the next 7days”. (Posted January 23, 2020)

2019

  • On September 11, 2019, the following information regarding Plant McDonough was inadvertently provided to two Southern Power employees: “Inspection for Unit 6 was performed in 2014” and “Inspection the week of October 7th on Unit 6A and 6B for Unit 6 outage”. (Posted September 12, 2019)
  • On April 24, 2019, the following information regarding the Theodore Co-Gen Plant was provided to several Southern Power employees during a joint best practices meeting: “Getting ready for outage next Tuesday”. (Posted April 25, 2019)
  • On April 9, 2019, a Southern Power employee inadvertently was shown the Southern Today Intranet site during a meeting with Shared Support staff. The Shared Services employee immediately closed the site and reported the incident. No prohibited information was viewed. (Posted April 9, 2019)
  • On March 21, 2019, one Southern Power employees was escorted to a visitor center on the Plant Scherer site for a best practices sharing meeting. (Posted March 21, 2019)
  • On March 7, 2019, the following information was provided to Southern Power employees: “Ft. Gordon – multi-measure efficiency project to fund the installation of a 28MW microgrid system (natural gas). Moving into IGA phase.  (Posted March 15, 2019)

2018

  • On October 3, 2018, the following information was inadvertently provided to a Southern Power employee: Plant Ratcliffe - This work must be completed during the fall outage which is October 5 through November 15th (mechanical complete) because possible complete failure could occur prior the spring 2019 outage. (Posted on 10/04/2018)
  • On June 26, 2018, several Southern Power employees were allowed to view the Southern Today Intranet site. No prohibited information was viewed and the site was closed immediately. (Posted on 06/28/2018)
  • On May 29, 2018, the following information was provided to Southern Power employees: “This past February, personnel were inside the Unit 1 boiler at Plant Bowen. Spring outage on Unit 1 & 2 currently wrapping up”. (Posted on 05/30/2018)
  • On April 30, 2018, the following information was provided to a Southern Power employee: View data (Posted on 05/02/2018)
  • On April 21, 2018, the following statement was provided to a Southern Power employee: “For Bowen - units 2 and 3 are down. 1 is in an outage and would need to be wrapped up way in the week. 4 is online” (Posted 04/23/2018)
  • On April 13, 2018, the following statement was made to a Southern Power employee: "Requesting outage for Richland Solar”. (Posted 04/16/2018)
  • On March 23, 2018, the following statement was made to a Southern Power employee during a volunteer event on the Coosa River: "Logan Martin is in outage." (Posted 03/26/2018)
  • On March 15, 2018, Southern Power employees inadvertently accessed the Southern Today Intranet site. The employees immediately closed the site and reported the incident. No prohibited information was viewed. The Technology Organization has identified the problem and implemented a solution. (Posted 03/16/2018)
  • On January 22, 2018, the following statement was made to a Southern Power employee: “I have been loaned to Plant Watson for about 54 days to work an outage.” (Posted 01/23/2018)
  • On January 2, 2018, three Southern Power employees inadvertently accessed the Southern Today Intranet site. The employees immediately closed the site and reported the incident. No prohibited information was viewed. The Technology Organization has identified the problem and implemented a solution. (Posted 01/03/2018)

2017-2016

  • On October 10, 2017, the following information was inadvertently provided to a Southern Power employee: Delay the Bowen outage; Barry 6 back; Watson 4 back. (Posted 10/11/2017)
  • On August 24, 2017, the following information was inadvertently provided to a Southern Power employee: View Data. (Posted 08/29/2017)
  • On August 7, 2017, the following information was inadvertently shared with several Southern Power employees. View Data. (Posted 08/15/2017)
  • On July 25, 2017, a message was inadvertently sent to Southern Power employees stating: "PCC requests Greene Co. #2 to NFL for system reliability”. (Posted 07/25/2017)
  • On July 12, 2017, nine Southern Power employees will be escorted to a training room at Plant Daniel for a simulator overview. (Posted 07/11/2017)
  • On May 17, 2017, the following information was shared during a conversation with a Southern Power employee:  Barry 6 & 7 and Daniel 3 & 4 went from 10 MW/min to 30 MW/min rate of change with no adverse issues. McIntosh in finalizing stages. (Posted 05/17/2017)
  • On May 9, 2017, the following information was inadvertently shared with a Southern Power employee. View Data (Posted 05/10/2017)
  • On April 24, 2017, the following information was inadvertently shared with several Southern Power employees: View Data (Posted 05/01/2017)
  • On March 28, 2017, the following information was emailed to a Southern Power employee: See attached projection for Kemper generation and gas allocation from 3/28 to 4/3. B Gasifier online , A Gasifier down.  2 PACs running, AGR A online, 4 refrigeration compressors running, WSA on standby.  Gas usage on flares lower, Aux boiler and 2 package boilers online. CC 2x1 A Base Load, B running syngas @ 185 MW.  CTA outage 2100 Wednesday March 29th thru Friday March. (Posted 03/29/2017)
  • On March 24, 2017, the following information was emailed to several Southern Power employees: “Effective 3AM on Friday 3/24 until further notice a resource Georgia Power has under contract is restricted to -0-MW generation.  Expected release time is 17:30 on 3/26.  This is due to local area conditions”. (Posted 03/24/2017)
  • On March 12, 2017, several Southern Power employees were inadvertently sent an email containing the following statement: McIntosh 11 must be on line before McIntosh 10 goes to PO. (Posted 03/16/2017)
  • On February 22, 2017, a Southern Power employee was inadvertently sent an email containing the following statement: Fort Stewart has been notified that the facility will be offline on 2/28/17. (Posted 02/23/2017)
  • On December 15, 2016 during a conversation in a joint meeting, it was noted that an energy innovation project was being tested at Bowen during the current outage. (Posted 12/15/2016)
  • On December 1, 2016, eight Southern Power employees will be escorted to a training room at Plant McDonough for a simulator overview. (Posted 11/30/2016)
  • On October 28, 2016, in discussions regarding recreational facilities, the following statement was made to a Southern Power employee: Riley Farms is on the books of Alabama Power Company and classified as Held for Future Use as a future generating site. (Posted 11/01/2016)
  • On October 25, 2016 the following information was inadvertently provided to a Southern Power employee. View data. (Posted 10/26/2016)
  • On October 7, 2016, a Southern Power employee was inadvertently sent an email with an attachment containing privileged and confidential information not intended for Southern Power. The employee opened the attachment, but upon doing so, recognized the nature of the contents and immediately closed it and deleted the email and attachment without viewing or disseminating any data contained therein. Thereafter, the employee notified SCS Operations Compliance of the occurrence. (Posted 10/11/2016)
  • On October 4, 2016, an SPC employee was allowed access to a Separation Protocol secured area. The employee left immediately without viewing any prohibited information. (Posted 10/05/2016)
  • On August 30, 2016, an SPC employee was allowed access to a Separation Protocol secured area. The employee left immediately without viewing any prohibited information. (Posted 8/31/2016)
  • On April 26, 2016, the following information was sent to several employees at Southern Power. View data. (Posted 4/27/2016)
  • On January 28, 2016, three Southern Power employees who participates in a Southern Company mentoring program will take part in a tour of the Vogtle Units 3 & 4 site. (Posted 01/28/2016)
  • On January 20, 2016, a Southern Power employee inadvertently accessed the Southern Today Intranet site. The employee immediately closed the site and reported the incident. No prohibited information was viewed. Information Technology identified the problem and implemented a solution. (Posted 01/22/2016)