Alabama Power Celebrates Completion of Generating Unit at Plant Barry
  What:     Alabama Power and Southern Company Generation announce a
            community and employee celebration to mark the completion of a
            new generating unit at Plant Barry.  Plant tours will be
            offered, and lunch will be served.

  When:     Wednesday, July 19, 2000 at 11:00 a.m.

  Where:    Plant Barry, Bucks, Alabama.  From I-65, take exit 19.  Go north
            on U.S. 43 to the 19-mile marker.  The plant entrance is on the

  Background:  Unit 6 at Plant Barry uses the most efficient,
  environmentally advanced technology available today -- combined-cycle
  generation.  The new unit will produce an additional 540 megawatts of
  power to meet Alabama's growing energy demand.  Southern Company
  Generation is a business unit of Southern Company , the parent
  company of Alabama Power.
      Southern Company Generation currently operates 22 plants in Alabama,
  and 66 across the southeast, for a combined capacity of approximately
  35,000 megawatts, making it one of the largest producers of electricity in
  the United States.
      Alabama Power provides affordable, reliable electric service to
  1.3 million customers in the lower two-thirds of Alabama.  Alabama Power
  is a subsidiary of Atlanta-based Southern Company, an international energy
  company that operates more than 48,000 megawatts of electric generating
  capacity worldwide.  Southern Company is the largest producer of
  electricity in the United States and one of the world's largest
  independent power producers.

  Contact:  Darya Braggs
  Office:   (205) 257-4211

PRNewswire -- July 13

SOURCE: Alabama Power