Southern Company, through its Southern Energy subsidiary, today officially dedicated the 222.2-megawatt Birchwood
Power Facility in King George County, Va.
The plant is owned by Birchwood Power Partners L.P., a 50-50 partnership between Southern Energy and Cogentrix
Energy. The plant was built to meet the terms of a Power Purchase and Operating Agreement with Virginia Electric and
Power Company, dated July 13, 1990.
As a cogeneration facility, the Birchwood plant will provide 220 megawatts of dispatchable electric generating capacity to
Virginia Power and will supply up to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour to a 38-acre greenhouse complex operated by
"Birchwood is our best example of Southern Energy`s expertise in coal-fired generation," said Marce Fuller, senior vice
president of the subsidiary`s domestic operations. "Virginia Power and the King George County residents wanted the
reliability of coal-fired generation combined with the best environmental safeguards available. Birchwood provides both."
The plant complies with stringent air, water and noise regulations through the use of a selective catalytic reduction system to
capture nitrogen oxide emissions, a dry scrubber to control sulfur dioxide emissions, and a baghouse for particulate removal.
The plant also will use low-sulfur coal.
Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the nation`s largest producer of electricity. Southern Company is the
parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric.
It also markets energy-related services and mobile radio services under the Southern name. Its Southern Energy subsidiary
builds, owns and operates power production and delivery facilities and provides a broad range of services in the U.S. and
Southern Company`s common stock is one of the 20 most widely held corporate stocks in America.
Cogentrix, headquartered in Charlotte, North Carolina, develops, builds, owns and operates independent power assets in the
United States and abroad. Based on net ownership of total megawatts of electricity produced by its 10 plants, Cogentrix is
among the largest independent power producers in the United States.