Southern Development and Investment Group, a subsidiary of The Southern Company, today announced its involvement in
providing an interactive energy services network with The Dominion Companies, a national apartment home developer, to
package many of todays most desirable home conveniences together at Chatelaine Park, a 303-unit apartment community
in Duluth, Ga. Occupancy is scheduled for January 1996.
Services in the total home efficiency package will be combined on one monthly services bill instead of separate utility bills.
They include: interactive energy management provided by Southern Development on behalf of Dominion; energy
management control provided by Raytheon; cable television provided by Wireless Cable of Atlanta; interactive television
services provided by Source Medias Interactive Channel; an intrusion alarm system monitored by Southern Development;
Internet access provided by MindSpring Enterprises Inc. and access to long-distance telephone service provided by a local
telephone company or Southern Development in conjunction with DeltaCom. Southern Development will use First Pacific
Networks energy management and telephone-over-cable systems to enable the infrastructure to operate as a full service
Together, these services along with the energy-efficiency requirements make up the Georgia Power Co. Good Cents
Premier Home. Chatelaine Park is the nations first multi-family community to offer the Premier Home.
Every apartment is equipped with sophisticated monitoring and control devices to control water heaters, air conditioners and
other electrical devices. By simply programming the energy command system to turn high energy-use appliances on and off
to match the times when energy prices are lowest, residents use appliances in the most energy-efficient manner while
reducing monthly energy costs, said William H. Kirby Jr., New Business Development project director for Southern
Interactive energy management allows residents to take advantage of variations in electricity pricing. Pricing signals are sent
to each customers individual energy command system at Chatelaine Park, allowing residents to see how much energy will
cost based on time of day and consumption in their apartments.
Before the residents of Chatelaine Park move in, every apartment will be wired for cable television with a choice of premium
channels and special video selections, intrusion alert and Internet access.
Chatelaine Park has 97 one-bedroom, 171 two-bedroom and 35 three- bedroom apartments.
The Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is also the parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf
Power, Mississippi Power, and Savannah Electric. Other subsidiaries include Southern Communications, Southern Electric
International, Southern Nuclear and Southern Company Services. The Southern Companys stock is one of the 20 most
widely held corporate stocks in America.