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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: Making the Season Merry, and Bright

Gulf Power's holiday lighting tips to to save you money and keep your holidays safe.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Stringing holiday lights inside and outside of your home is as much a holiday tradition as singing carols, baking treats and shopping for that special present for a loved one.

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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

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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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Southern Company Hosts 2018 Smart Cities Summit

Smart Neighborhood™ initiatives, a research and development project, will provide customers with state-of-the-art home construction, distributed energy resources – including solar and battery energy storage – and smart home appliances and technologies.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Southern Company served as the host for the KNect365 Smart Cities Summit, Oct. 29-30 at the Hyatt Regency Atlanta. Executives from Southern Company, PowerSecure, Georgia Power and Alabama Power were featured among the conference's keynote speeches and panel discussions, including the morning keynote address by Chris Womack, Southern Company Executive Vice President and President of External Affairs.

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Southern PowerSecure Holdings CEO Sidney Hinton Announces Retirement

Mark Lantrip Assumes Role to Implement Company's Vision for the Future of Energy.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Southern Company announced that Sidney Hinton, CEO of Southern PowerSecure Holdings and its subsidiary, PowerSecure, is retiring effective Oct. 31. Hinton will be succeeded at Southern PowerSecure Holdings by Mark Lantrip, who will continue as chairman, president and CEO of Southern Power.

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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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Nearly $1 million in Gulf Power-supported grants to benefit Longleaf Pine forests across Northwest Florida

Grants will support conservation on more than 115,000 acres of longleaf pine forest and help recover populations of at-risk wildlife.

Originally Published by Southern Company.

Gulf Power in partnership with the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and other groups announced its 2018 round of Longleaf Stewardship Fund grants that will benefit habitat restoration and species recovery across Northwest Florida.

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