Alabama Power

8:28 am
Thu February 26, 2015

Winter storm causes travel hazards, power outages, price gouging concerns

Emergency Management Officer Paige Colburn, Huntsville - Madison County EMA

Residents in much of northern and central Alabama are digging out this morning after a winter storm dumped a substantial amount of snow on the region.

Roads are impassable in more than ten Alabama counties. The heaviest snow fell north of Birmingham – forecasters say some areas received upwards of ten inches of snow accumulation.

Paige Colburn is the emergency management officer for the Huntsville – Madison County EMA. She says they’re hoping to avoid a repeat of last Friday, when stuck and abandoned cars caused major problems for emergency crews.

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3:55 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gov. Bentley Picks Alabama Power CEO To Head Inaugural

Gov. Robert Bentley has selected Alabama Power's top executive to serve as chairman of his inaugural committee.
Credit The Associated Press

Gov. Robert Bentley has selected Alabama Power's top executive to serve as chairman of his inaugural committee.

Bentley says Mark Crosswhite of Birmingham will be in charge of planning an inauguration that brings people together regardless of political affiliation and that celebrates the things that make Alabama great.

Crosswhite is chairman, president and chief executive officer of Alabama Power.

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Alabama Power-Scam
11:42 am
Sat September 13, 2014

Alabama Power Warns Customers Of New Type Of Scam

Alabama Power Co. is warning its customers to be on the lookout for a new type of scam.
Credit Alabama Power / Wikipedia

  Alabama Power Co. is warning its customers to be on the lookout for a new type of scam.

The company says scammers are sending text messages warning that a payment is due immediately. The text message lists the name of a bill payment company and a reference number to use in paying the bill.

Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott says the reference number could belong to anyone and once the money is transferred it is almost impossible to trace.

Pigott says customers with questions about their accounts can call a 24-hour customer service number, 1-800-245-2244.

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Helicopter Crash
4:44 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

2 Dead In Alabama Helicopter Crash

The National Transportation Safety Board along with the FAA will determine the probable cause of Tuesday's helicopter crash.
Credit NTSB

Two people have died in a helicopter crash in western Alabama.

WBMA-TV reports the two died when the aircraft went down about 20 miles northeast of Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Tuesday morning. Alabama Power spokeswoman Anna Catherine Roberson says the helicopter was owned by Hiram, Georgia-based contractor Rotorworks, LLC and an Alabama Power employee was on board at the time.

The Federal Aviation Administration says the accident involves a McDonnell Douglas 369E helicopter. Two people were on board.

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Politics & Government
6:30 am
Wed June 11, 2014

Beeker Endorsed by 2 Opponents in PSC Runoff

Chip Beeker

Two former candidates for Place 2 on the Alabama Public Service Commission have endorsed former Greene County Commission Chairman Chip Beeker in the Republican runoff July 15.

The primary election June 3 put Beeker in a runoff with incumbent Commissioner Terry Dunn.

Birmingham businessman Jonathan Barbee, who finished third, and Alabama Minority GOP Chairman Phillip Brown of Birmingham, who finished fourth, say they are throwing their support to Beeker. Barbee called Beeker the only remaining candidate who can effectively fight a radical environmental agenda.

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Business & Education
6:12 am
Fri June 6, 2014

Alabama Power CEO to Head Development Group

The head of Alabama Power Co. is the new chairman of the Economic Development Partnership of Alabama.

Utility president and CEO Mark Crosswhite will chair the board of directors of the private partnership of companies.

About 90 businesses fund the organization, which Crosswhite says tries to be a catalyst for economic growth in the state.

Crosswhite is a native of Decatur who took over at Alabama Power in March.

The Economic Development Partnership was formed in 1991.

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Arts & Life
6:13 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Tallapoosa River Added to Alabama River Trail

Credit Alabama Scenic River Trail

The Alabama Scenic River Trail has added 200 miles of waterway.

The executive director of the Alabama Scenic River Trail, Jim Felder, says the new segment is the Alabama portion of the Tallapoosa River. He says the new segment includes 13 primitive campsites donated by Alabama Power and four portages allowing people to walk canoes or kayaks around the four Alabama Power dams on the river.

An experienced paddler, 66-year-old Harold Banks of Dadeville, says the Tallapoosa River offers views of bald eagles, deer, turkey and otters in abundance.

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Alabama Power Scam
8:27 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Alabama Power Warns of Billing Scam

Alabama Power Co. says scammers are calling customers, pretending to be from the utility.

Alabama Power Co. is trying to stop what it calls "an unusually effective scam."

   The power company says its customers have been called for months by people pretending to be from Alabama Power. The customers are told they have a short deadline to make a payment.  They are instructed to go to a local retailer, buy a reloadable debit card for a given amount, and then call another phone number to share the account number on the card. Alabama Power says the fraud has focused on commercial customers because they are more likely to have larger bills.

Nuclear Plant
10:36 pm
Sat August 3, 2013

Ala. Nuclear Plant Ends Alert Over CO2 Leak

Alabama Power has lifted an alert caused by a carbon dioxide leak at a nuclear power plant.

Alabama Power has lifted an alert caused by a carbon dioxide leak at a nuclear power plant.

The utility said the alert was lifted Saturday at 11:10 a.m., about five hours after it was first declared.

Alabama Power spokesman Ike Pigott said the carbon dioxide release was detected in an auxiliary building of the Unit 1 reactor at Plant Farley. The leak was then contained.

It appears the gas came from a fire suppression system, though no fires were detected. Pigott said the volume of gas was equivalent to what might be released from a large fire extinguisher.

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Alabama Power Outages
6:57 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Nearly 100,000 Still Without Power After Storms

Nearly 100,000 customers were without power across Alabama early Tuesday after storms with the force of hurricane winds toppled trees and utility lines.

Alabama Power said early Tuesday morning that 98,200 customers were without power as of 6 a.m., down from more than 222,000 customers after the Monday storms.

Most of the customers who remained without power -- about 50,000 -- were east of Birmingham in communities such as Gadsden, Oneonta, Anniston and Pell City. Dozens of communities around the state experienced significant damage, authorities said.

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Business & Education
6:31 am
Mon February 18, 2013

Experts on Electric Power Restoration Meet in Ala.

Experts on restoring electric power after natural disasters are gathering in Birmingham on Monday and Tuesday to share their best practices.

A spokesman for Alabama Power Co. says experts in storm recovery from nearly 30 electric utilities are scheduled to attend the meeting.

Alabama Power's vice president of distribution, Danny Glover, is co-chair of the meeting along with Keith Hull, who is vice president of distribution at Texas-based Oncor. The meeting is being conducted by an association of electric utilities from across the nation.

Alabama Weather
8:48 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Storms Drench Parts of Alabama, Damage Homes

A crew from the National Weather Service plans to inspect storm damage in southwestern Alabama to determine whether damage to homes in the area was caused for a tornado or high winds.

Preliminary reports from the weather service indicate that homes were damaged near the small community of St. Stephens, a few miles outside Jackson. Survey crews were planning to assess the damage on Monday.

Forecasters say more than 4 inches of rain has fallen in parts of the Alabama -- and the totals are continuing to climb.

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Arts & Life
7:27 am
Wed January 30, 2013

Power Out, Trees Down From Ala Storms

Strong storms moving through Alabama left thousands of people without power and forced schools to delay opening as a precaution.

Alabama Power Co. said about 7,000 homes and businesses were in the dark early Tuesday, mostly in the western part of the state.

Officials say numerous trees are down near Fayette and in heavily wooded Winston County, but no injuries are reported.

Numerous school systems delayed opening because of what forecasters say is a high risk of damaging winds. The University of Alabama also opened late.

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Utility Rates
4:27 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Ala. PSC Rejects Call For Formal Review Of Rates

The Alabama Public Service Commission rejects call for formal review of rates of state's three largest investor-owned utilities.
Credit / Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission has blocked Commissioner Terry Dunn's request for a formal review of the rate structures for Alabama's three largest investor-owned utilities.

Dunn made a motion Thursday for formal reviews of Alabama Power, Alabama Gas and Mobile Gas, but commissioners Twinkle Cavanaugh and Jeremy Oden said an informal process is the best way to proceed. That will begin later this month with Mobile Gas.

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Politics & Government
8:17 am
Tue September 11, 2012

Ala. PSC Considers Extending Special Electric Rate Alabama Public Service Commission

The Alabama Public Service Commission is meeting to consider extending special electric rates it approved last year to help stimulate Alabama's economy.

The meeting is Tuesday in Montgomery to consider the rates offered through Alabama Power Co.

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