Media Day shines spotlight on Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle

Dec 06, 2012, 13:30 ET from Georgia Power

ATLANTA, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Members of the media will get an up-close look at Georgia Power's Plant Vogtle at the Annual Media Day on Friday, Dec. 7.

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Representatives from Georgia Power, Southern Nuclear and local emergency management agencies will be on hand to explain plant operations and emergency procedures. Attendees will be given a brief presentation at the Vogtle Visitors Center, which will focus on the operations of the plant's Units 1 and 2.

The Media Day is held annually at Plant Vogtle to allow area media the opportunity to become more familiar with the plant and nuclear energy in general.

Plant Vogtle is one of Georgia Power's two nuclear facilities and is one of three nuclear facilities in the Southern Company system. Unit 1 began commercial operation in May 1987. Unit 2 began commercial operation in May 1989. Each unit is capable of generating 1,215 megawatts (mw) for a total capacity of 2,430 mw.

Additionally, attendees will also take a brief tour of the Vogtle units 3 and 4 construction site. Construction on the project, a more than $14 billion investment in Georgia's energy future, continues at an impressive pace. Significant work has been done on turbine islands, cooling towers and nuclear islands. Over the next several months, progress will continue to be made in the nuclear island, turbine building and module assemblies.

The construction of Vogtle 3 and 4 is the largest job-producing project in Georgia, employing approximately 5,000 people during peak construction and creating approximately 800 permanent jobs when the plant begins operating. Once completed, the new facility will produce enough electricity to power 500,000 Georgia homes and businesses.

Georgia Power is the largest subsidiary of Southern Company, one of the nation's largest generators of electricity.  The company is an investor-owned, tax-paying utility with rates below the national average.  Georgia Power serves 2.3 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. 

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements:

Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning investments in Georgia's energy future, job creation and the completion of construction and other projects. Georgia Power cautions that there are certain factors that can cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2011, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation, regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries; ability to control costs and avoid cost overruns during the development and construction of the Plant Vogtle expansion; regulatory approvals and actions related to the Plant Vogtle expansion, including Georgia Public Service Commission approvals, Nuclear Regulatory Commission actions, and potential U.S. Department of Energy loan guarantees; and the ability of counterparties of Georgia Power to make payments as and when due and to perform as required. Georgia Power expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.

SOURCE Georgia Power