Southern Company Partners with General Services Administration to Reduce Energy Costs and Improve Sustainability of GSA Federal Buildings in Georgia

Innovative solutions will focus on lighting, HVAC, water conservation and more

ATLANTE, August 30, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Southern Company System Partners with the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) to Increase Energy Efficiency at 12 Federal Buildings Across Georgia, reducing GSA’s carbon footprint and improving overall sustainability. Southern Company’s innovative system solutions will focus on three key areas: energy efficiency, resilience and greenhouse gas reduction.

Southern Company subsidiaries Atlanta Gas Light and PowerSecure are coordinating the improvements, which are expected to be completed in 2024, and are expected to reduce GSA’s annual energy and water costs by nearly $3.3 million.

The GSA has announced the award of the $117 million Utility Energy Service Contract, part of the Biden-Harris administration’s Climate Smart Buildings initiative. The upgrades are expected to improve building performance and efficiency, while reducing operating costs by approximately 45%. Additionally, carbon emissions are expected to be reduced by 18,000 to 21,000 metric tons per year across the 12 GSA buildings.

“This project is a model of how public-private partnerships bring immense value to solving federal government challenges,” said Chris Cummiskey, executive vice president and chief commercial and customer solutions officer for Southern Company. “Southern Company has drawn expertise from across its portfolio of companies to ensure government requirements are met in the most reliable, holistic and cost-effective manner possible, demonstrating our commitment to leading the utility industry. towards a clean energy economy.

“The investments we make in Georgia demonstrating how investing in sustainability is a triple win – creating well-paying clean energy jobs, reducing energy costs and fighting climate change to help ensure a healthier future for the next generation,” said the GSA administrator Robin Carnahan.

The project will replace and upgrade equipment, such as chillers and boiler rooms, air and water distribution and direct digital control systems. Additionally, the upgrades will also include converting over 60,000 light fixtures to LED technology, as well as installing high-efficiency water faucets. The project is expected to reduce energy consumption by 40-50% at the 12 sites.

Also included is a $944,000 subsidy from the Ministry of Energy to recover water for use inside buildings, and $900,000 in utility rebates.

Six of the facilities are located in the metro Atlantaas well as buildings in Athens, August, Valdosta, Builder and Braunschweig. This includes Martin Luther King Jr., Sam Nunn Atlanta Federal Center and Richard B. Russell federal buildings in Atlanta.

About Atlanta Gas Light

Atlanta Gas Light is one of four natural gas distribution companies of Southern Company Gas, a wholly owned subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO). Atlanta Gas Light provides natural gas delivery service to approximately 1.7 million customers in Georgia. In operation since 1856, the company is one of the oldest companies in the state. For more information, visit atlantagaslight.com.

About PowerSecure, Inc.

PowerSecure, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is the nation’s leading distributed energy innovation company. Our team of experts has developed, installed, managed and maintained over 2 GW of microgrid capacity over the past 20 years, as well as implemented over $800 million in energy efficiency upgrades. We take a complete plant lifecycle approach through production and management, delivering clean, resilient energy to our customers at the best possible price. By combining our product innovation capabilities with our 360 integrated processes, we deliver the best customized solution for your needs, backed by an unrivaled level of expertise, quality and service. To learn more, visit www.powersecure.com.

About the Southern Company

Southern Company (NYSE:SO) is a leading energy company serving 9 million customers through its subsidiaries. The company provides clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy through three-state electric utility companies, four-state natural gas distribution companies, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a major distributed energy infrastructure, fiber optic and telecommunications network company. services. Southern Company brands are known for excellent customer service, high reliability and affordable prices below the national average. For more than a century, we’ve been building the future of energy and developing the full portfolio of energy resources, including carbon-free nuclear, advanced carbon capture technologies, natural gas, renewables, energy efficiency and storage technologies. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries are developing the custom energy solutions our customers and communities need to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ​​ensure that we place the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business for the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been nationally recognized by the US Department of Defense, GI Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women’s Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

SOURCE Southern Company

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