Power Magazine has awarded the Birchwood Power Facility a 1997 Powerplant Award, saying the King George County,
Va., cogeneration plant is an example of technology and business practices destined to become important to the industry.
The plant is owned by Birchwood Power Partners L.P., a 50-50 partnership between Southern Energy Inc. and Cogentrix
Energy Inc. Southern Energy, a unit of Southern Company, operates the facility.
Weve felt from the start that Birchwood is the nations best example of how to burn coal cleanly to make electricity at an
affordable price, said Marce Fuller, senior vice president of Southern Energys domestic operations. We appreciate this
acknowledgment from a leading industry observer.
Officially opened late last year, the Birchwood plant provides 220 megawatts of dispatchable electric generating capacity to
Virginia Power and up to 100,000 pounds of steam per hour to a 38-acre greenhouse complex operated by Greenhost Inc.
Built near the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Shenandoah National Park, Birchwood complies with stringent air and water
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 uses low-sulfur coal.
Southern Company (NYSE: SO), the largest producer of electricity in the United States, is the parent firm of Alabama
Power, Georgia Power, Gulf Power, Mississippi Power and Savannah Electric. Based in Atlanta, Southern Company
supplies electricity in eight countries on four continents and provides energy-related marketing, trading and technical services
and wireless telecommunications. Southern Companys common stock is one of the 20 most widely held corporate stocks in
Southern Energy Inc. develops, builds, owns and operates power production and delivery facilities and provides a broad
range of services to utilities and industrial companies around the world.