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Georgia Power, Ron Clark Academy Celebrate Renewed STEM Partnership

Georgia Power Foundation, Inc. commits additional $750,000 to Ron Clark Academy.

Georgia Power (a division of Southern Company No. 44 on the DiversityInc Top 50 Companies list) and the world-renowned Ron Clark Academy in Atlanta continue to provide new skills and training for Georgia educators through the annual PowerED Fellows program.


PowerED Fellows, funded by The Georgia Power Foundation Inc., receive a three-day professional developmental experience at the Ron Clark Academy focused on STEM-related best practices in teaching and student engagement to prepare the workforce of the future. Since the beginning of this partnership four years ago, more than 250 fellows from more than 85 Georgia schools have completed the training.

This month, in conjunction with the 1oth anniversary of the Ron Clark Academy, The Georgia Power Foundation announced its continued commitment to the program. The renewed partnership includes an additional $500,000 in funding for the PowerED Fellows program over the next three years and $250,000 in funding towards the Academy's capital campaign to extend its facility with a performing arts center and additional space for more teachers to participate in world-class training programs.

"The Georgia Power Foundation is honored to work with the Ron Clark Academy to help our state's educators stay at the forefront of STEM education and we congratulate all of the teachers who have completed the PowerED Fellows program," said Rita Breen, executive director of the Georgia Power Foundation. "Ensuring that our teachers have the tools and resources they need to prepare and empower Georgia students for future careers is one piece of our commitment to improving education in the state and we look forward to bringing more teachers to the Ron Clark Academy through this exciting program."

2017 PowerED Fellows include:

Central Region

  • Julia Daniely, Bibb County (Westside High School)
  • Dr. Sherri Flagg, Bibb County (Weaver Middle School)
  • Scott Kingsley, Bibb County (Westside High School)
  • Scott Robinson, Bibb County (Westside High School)
  • Marion Simmons, Bibb County (Weaver Middle School)
  • Kelly Tucker, Bibb County (Weaver Middle School)

Coastal Region

  • Nicole Mahony, Glynn County (Jane Macon Middle School)
  • Maggie Grange, Glynn County (Jane Macon Middle School)
  • Elizabeth Guest Jane, Glynn County (Jane Macon Middle School)
  • Chandra Moran, Glynn County (Brunswick High School)
  • Cathy Pittman, Glynn County (Brunswick High School)
  • Shonta Butts, Glynn County (Brunswick High School)

East Region

  • Juliet King, Columbia County (Evans Middle School)
  • Olivia Burns, Columbia County (Evans Middle School)
  • Ashley Bowles, Columbia County (Evans Middle School)
  • Eloisae Patterson, Columbia County (Evans High School)
  • Michael Johnson, Columbia County (Evans High School)
  • Tiffanie Douglas, Columbia County (Evans High School)

Metro Atlanta

  • Andre Weaver, DeKalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Jeffery DesDune, DeKalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Keith Jones, DeKalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Nedra Robinson, Dekalb County (Columbia Middle School)
  • Derrica Davis, Dekalb County (Columbia High School)
  • Hetal Raval, DeKalb County Schools (Columbia High School)
  • Dominique Bullock, DeKalb County Schools (Columbia High School)
  • Eric Collins, Douglas County (Mason Creek Middle School)
  • Christy Gragg, Douglas County (Mason Creek Middle School)
  • Leslie Green, Douglas County (Mason Creek Middle School)
  • Tanya Flynn, Douglas County (Douglas County High School)
  • Marvalane Ivey, Douglas County (Douglas County High School)
  • Shelley Reed, Fulton County Schools (Holcomb Bridge Middle School)
  • Andy Stein, Fulton County (Holcomb Bridge Middle School)
  • Clay Thomason, Fulton County (Holcomb Bridge Middle School)
  • Shawna Reaves, Henry County (Stockbridge Middle School)
  • Crishanta Williams, Henry County Schools (Stockbridge Middle School)
  • Batavia Domingue-Yost, Henry County (Stockbridge High School)
  • Sheila Midgette, Henry County (Stockbridge High School)
  • Batavia Domingue-Yost, Henry County (Stockbridge High School)
  • Julissa Forbes, Henry County (Stockbridge Middle School)

Northeast Region

  • Mindee Dunagan, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Carol Jordan, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Jessica Caldwell, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Mack Baldwin, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Sandford Cederbaum, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County Middle School)
  • Susie Johnson, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)
  • Lauren Carlson, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)
  • Melissa Paul, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)
  • Mike Weis, Oglethorpe County (Oglethorpe County High School)

Northwest Region

  • Natalie Dyer, Rome City Schools (Rome Middle School)
  • Parke Wilkinson, Rome City Schools (Rome Middle School)
  • Karen Ehrler, Rome City Schools (Rome High School)
  • Dr. Eric L. Holland, Rome City Schools (Rome High School)
  • Sarah Brown, Rome City Schools (Rome High School)

South Region

  • Samuel Clemons, Lowndes County (Pine Grove Middle)
  • Luva Herman, Lowndes County (Pine Grove Middle School)
  • Sandy Alcidone, Lowndes County (Pine Grove Middle School)
  • Janet Hendley, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)
  • Becky Martin, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)
  • Andrea Inman, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)
  • Rebecca Martin, Lowndes County (Lowndes High School)

West Region

  • Inez Wiggins, Sumter County (Sumter County Middle School)
  • Niashsache Perry, Sumter County Schools (Sumter County Middle School)
  • Anton Anthony, Sumter County Schools (Sumter County Middle School)
  • Afrose Arshi, Sumter County Schools (Americus-Sumter High School)
  • Marnie Dutcher, Sumter County Schools (Americus-Sumter High School)
  • Pushpa Rajan, Sumter County Schools (Americus-Sumter High School)

Georgia Power's commitment to education spans its more than 100-year history and is emphasized companywide. The company offers free resources for educators including interactive diagrams, an online energy calculator, access to power plant tours and more. Other efforts to enhance and improve education in Georgia include partnerships with groups such as Junior Achievement and assistance grants for new teachers awarded annually across the state.

For more information about Georgia Power's initiatives and programs, visit www.georgiapower.com/education.

Gulf Power 'SHINES' the Light on Latest Smart Home Technology

The SHINES project installs a battery on the utility's side of the meter to control when and how much solar is sent to the grid.

Self-driving cars are becoming a reality. Hot on their bumpers are homes that self-drive the demand for and storage of renewable energy.

Two of Gulf Power's west Pensacola customers testing "SHINES"(Sustainable and Holistic Integration of Energy Storage and Solar photovoltaic (PV) now have fully integrated battery energy storage systems and a local controller working to make their homes two of the smartest along Florida's Gulf Coast.

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Southern Company: Project SHARE Makes Helping Neighbors Easy This Holiday Season

Company matches every dollar of customer donations; more than $70 million contributed since 1985.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Georgia Power is inviting customers to join the company and The Salvation Army to help neighbors and local Georgia communities this winter through the Project SHARE initiative. Project SHARE, established in partnership with The Salvation Army in 1985, was one of the first fuel funds in America and provides assistance for expenses, such as utility bills, housing, food and medical necessities.

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Southern Company: Power Poles Tell the Story of Hurricane Michael's Destruction, Restoration

Stock up on energy savings, deals continue after Cyber Monday for online shoppers.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

When Hurricane Michael's powerful winds whipped across the eastern Florida Panhandle, very little standing in its path could stand up to the near Category 5 force.

Trees snapped, were flattened or left leafless and leaning. And similar to trees, thousands of power poles splintered or toppled, dragging down miles of power lines with them.

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Georgia Power Offers Safety Tips as Cooler Weather Approaches

October is Fire Prevention Month to raise awareness about fire prevention and home safety.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

As temperatures begin to cool down, Georgia Power encourages customers to keep safety in mind and offers safety tips to help prevent electrical fires. The National Fire Protection Association has identified October as Fire Prevention Month, and Georgia Power is raising awareness about electrical fire prevention and tools for home safety.

Developing a schedule to conduct home checks of appliances and outlets is a simple way to catch potential fire hazards, and Georgia Power offers the following tips to review:

  • Keep space heaters away from furniture, curtains, sinks, tubs and water. Do not lay rugs or carpet over the cord. Do not use heaters if the cord is frayed or broken, and do not use an extension cord. Turn off heaters before leaving home or going to bed.
  • Check for outlets that have loose-fitting plugs, exposed wires or broken plates. Have them fixed by a qualified electrician.
  • Do not place appliance cords where they will come in contact with the stove or other heated surfaces. Do not hang appliance cords over countertops, where they might be accidentally pulled down.
  • Worn or frayed appliance cords can cause fires, electric shock and even electrocution. Inspect cords regularly to assess wear and replace cords as needed.
  • Only use surge protectors with internal circuit breakers. These units will trip the breaker if the power strip is overloaded and shorted to prevent overheating.
  • Use safety covers on all outlets accessible to children.
  • Prevent overloading equipment and circuits. It can cause insulation to burn, create sparks and leave exposed wires.
  • Prevent oil and dirt buildup on electrical appliances which can cause electrical equipment to overheat and short-circuit.
  • Know where the nearest fire extinguishers are and how to use them. Only Class C extinguishers are safe to use on energized electrical equipment.

Tools you can use
To keep your family informed of fire safety tips and prevention, Georgia Power offers a variety of tools and resources for customers to stay safe and informed, including:

  • GeorgiaPower.com: Housed within the website, Georgia Power has safety tips for homes and businesses for a variety of issues. Find fire safety information HERE.
  • Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower: Connect with Georgia Power on Facebook for current information and safety tips.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter: Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.

Power restored to 99 percent of Georgia Power customers impacted by Hurricane Michael

Company concluding work in severely damaged areas in Southwest Georgia.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Georgia Power has restored power to 99 percent, or more than 385,000 customers, impacted by Hurricane Michael. More than 5,800 personnel were mobilized as part of the company's restoration effort, including all of Georgia Power's resources, as well as assistance from other Southern Company operating companies and more than a dozen assisting utilities from as far away as Illinois, New York, Pennsylvania and Texas. While work is nearly complete, all personnel in the field remain focused on reconnecting those customers who remain without power in the hardest hit areas of Southwest Georgia.

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Southern Company: More Than 4,400 Working to Rebuild Electric System

Crews are working 24/7 – bucket trucks are out working, helicopters and drones are inspecting lines and more supplies arrive today.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Gulf Power continues to determine the extend of the damage in the Panama City area and all of Bay County.

In less than 48 hours, crews have restored power to more than 37,235 Gulf Power customers in the wake of Hurricane Michael, and more than 4,400 storm personnel have been mobilized and have already begun working in the hardest hit areas.

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Southern Company: Chattanooga Gas Announces New Director of Regional Operations

Paul Leath has been with Southern Company Gas since 2001 and brings 30 years of senior management experience to this role.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Southern Company Gas announced Paul Leath as the director of Regional Operations for Chattanooga Gas Company (CGC). In this role, Leath will be responsible for safety, compliance, installation and maintenance, emergency response and workforce management. He will report directly to Wendell Dallas, vice president of Operations for Atlanta Gas Light and Chattanooga Gas.

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