Southern system sets peak record eighth time this summer

"For the eighth time this summer, demand for electricity across The Southern Company`s service area has set a new record high," Southern Company Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer A.W. Dahlberg said today.

Preliminary figures indicate peak demand for electricity averaged 29,751,000 kilowatts at between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT Friday, Aug. 18, breaking the record set Aug. 14 by about 195,000 kilowatts.

The Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the parent firm of five electric utilities: Alabama Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power, and Savannah Electric. Together, these companies supply energy to some 11 million people across the Southeast.

The Southern Company`s peak demand includes electricity used by retail and wholesale customers in the company`s service area, with the exception of energy produced by Oglethorpe Power Corp. in Georgia.