FREIBURG, Deutschland, December 11, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

Neue Finanzierung für 5 MW EpiWafer-Produktion der NexWafe GmbH

NexWafe GmbH, ein Spin-off des Fraunhofer ISE, das eine bahnbrechende Technologie zur epitaktischen Herstellung von Siliziumwafern für Photovoltaik kommerzialisiert, gab heute den Abschluss einer Finanzierung in Höhe von 8 Millionen Euro bekannt. Die Runde wurde von Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV) geleitet. Weiterhin investieren der von der Wermuth Asset Management GmbH (WAM) beratene Green Gateway Fund 2 (GGF2), und der bestehende Investor Lynwood (Schweiz) AG. Die Mittel werden für die Inbetriebnahme der neuen 5MW-Waferproduktion von NexWafe in Freiburg und für erste Qualifikationen der Wafer durch Kunden verwendet.

"Die NexWafe-Technologie liefert qualitativ überlegene monokristalline Wafer, die ein Drop-in-Ersatz für konventionelle Wafer sind, zu drastisch reduzierten Kosten, mit weniger Herstellungsschritten sowie einem niedrigeren Energieverbrauch", erklärte Bruce Niven, Chief Investment Officer von SAEV. "Wir freuen uns, diese Investition in NexWafe zu einem Zeitpunkt zu tätigen, zu dem der Photovoltaikmarkt weiter expandiert und der Nahostregion ein beschleunigtes Wachstum beim Einsatz erneuerbarer Energien bevorsteht."

Dr. Claas Helmke, Growth Partner des GGF2, kommentierte: "Wir investieren seit 1999 in Solartechnologien. NexWafe ist eine der spannendsten Gelegenheiten die wir bisher gesehen haben, sowohl technologisch als auch wirtschaftlich. Wir gehen davon aus, dass diese Investition außerordentliche Renditen erwirtschaften und sehr positive Auswirkungen auf die Umwelt haben wird."

"Wir freuen uns sehr, dass SAEV und GGF2 uns dabei unterstützen, in der schnell wachsenden Photovoltaikindustrie die Siliziumwaferherstellung in ein neues Zeitalter zu führen", sagte Marina Groenberg, CEO von Lynwood. Prof. Dr. Eicke R. Weber, Chairman des Boards von NexWafe, fügte hinzu: "Unser EpiWafer hat nicht nur einen wirtschaftlichen Vorteil, sondern auch eine überlegene Qualität, die mit den heutigen Fertigungstechnologien nicht zu erreichen ist."

Über NexWafe GmbH
Die NexWafe GmbH mit Sitz in Freiburg (Deutschland) beliefert Solarzellenhersteller mit monokristallinen Siliziumwafern höchster Qualität, die vollständig kompatibel mit den Standardprozessen der Zell- und Modulherstellung sind.

Bei dem bahnbrechenden EpiWafer-Verfahren werden kristalline Siliziumschichten beliebiger Dicke auf einem Saat-Wafer gewachsen und anschließend ohne Sägeverlust zu einem freistehenden Wafer abgelöst.

Über Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures (SAEV)
Saudi Aramco Energy Ventures ist der Corporate-Venture-Arm von Saudi Aramco, dem weltweit führenden integrierten Energie- und Chemieunternehmen. SAEV investiert weltweit in Frühphasen-Unternehmen, die ein hohes Wachstumspotenzial aufweisen und über Technologien verfügen, die für Aramco von strategischer Bedeutung sind.

SAEV investiert in up- und downstream Öl- und Gas-Unternehmen, in Petrochemie, erneuerbare Energien, Energieeffizienz und Wasser.

Über Wermuth Asset Management GmbH & GGF2 
Die Wermuth Asset Management GmbH ist ein Family Office in Berlin (Deutschland). WAM verfolgt einen wirkungsorientierten Investitionsansatz über alle Assetklassen hinweg mit dem Ziel, sowohl einen positiven Effekt auf die Umwelt als auch eine hohe Rendite zu erreichen. Der von WAM beratene Green Gateway Fund 2 investiert in Unternehmen, welche sich in einer frühen Phase ihres Wachstums befinden, die das Potential haben, sehr profitabel zu werden und die einen großen positiven Einfluss auf die Umwelt haben.

Über Lynwood (Schweiz) AG
Die Lynwood (Schweiz) AG ist der Schweizer Zweig der 2002 gegründeten internationalen Lynwood Investmentgruppe, deren Fokus auf Ost- und Westeuropa liegt und die ein Vermögen von mehr als 2 Milliarden US-Dollar verwaltet. Das Lynwood-Portfolio umfasst die an der LSE im Premium-Regime gelistete Polymetal International Plc, einen der weltweit größten Gold- und Silberproduzenten, die größte britische Buchhandlung Waterstones und Marenco Swiss Helicopters.

Über Fraunhofer ISE
Das Fraunhofer-Institut für Solare Energiesysteme (ISE) in Freiburg (Deutschland) ist das größte Institut für Solarenergieforschung in Europa. Mit den Schwerpunkten Energieeffizienz, Energiegewinnung, Energieverteilung und Energiespeicherung leistet das Fraunhofer ISE einen wichtigen Beitrag zu einer Energieversorgung auf Basis erneuerbarer Energien.

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These companies have joined forces to voice their commitment to the green bond market as part of their strategy, financing policy and their active engagement in the reporting debate and dialogue with investors. The pledge also calls upon other industrial corporates to consider issuing green bonds.

The signatories of today’s pledge commit to a long‐term presence in the market, that green bonds will be at the heart of their (project) financing and business lines, and that they will implement stringent reporting procedures.

This announcement, on the morning of Climate Finance Day and the day before the One Planet Summit in Paris, is a clear signal that green bonds are and will continue to play a significant role in finance and reaching the goals set at the Paris Agreement two years ago.

Ten years after the first green bond issuance, this market, has turned into an exciting place in particular, thanks to companies committed to tackling climate change, to a growing awareness to environmental protection, lowcarbon transport and buildings as well as energy efficiency. So far, all nine companies have issued a total of €26 billion in green bonds which accounts for over 10% of total outstanding green bonds.

Together the signatories draw on their experience to call upon other industrial companies to consider issuing green bonds, which will further strengthen this market and enhance its interest from the growing share of climateminded investors.

Xavier Girre, Group Senior Executive Vice President, Group Finance, at EDF said: “Since EDF’s first issuance in 2013, Green Bonds have become central in financing the Group’s strong ambitions in renewables. Through this pledge, EDF reiterates its commitment as a frequent issuer aiming for the highest standards and an active corporate contributor to shaping sustainable finance solutions.

Alberto De Paoli, Chief Financial Officer at Enel said: “Enel’s position as one of the leaders of the energy transition is based in large part on the way in which sustainability and innovation form the basis of all aspects of the Group’s industrial plan, including its financial strategy. Green bonds are a powerful instrument for promoting and supporting the transition towards a low carbon economy, and Enel will continue to play a prominent role in their ongoing growth and development in the global capital markets.

Judith Hartmann, Chief Financial Officer & Executive Vice President of ENGIE said: “With €5.25bn of green bonds issued since 2014, ENGIE confirms its commitment to lead the energy transition and to drive actively the development of sustainable finance. By matching the company´s long‐term view and investors´ sustainability goals, ENGIE considers green bonds as a critical lever to shape tomorrow´s low carbon and socially responsible energy world.

José Sainz Armada, Chief Financial Officer of Iberdrola, said: “Ever since incorporating Sustainable Development Goals to the company’s strategy, Iberdrola has become the largest European issuer of green bonds, the perfect source of long‐term finance for projects making an environmental difference. Through independent certification, private investors guided by ethical principles ensure their funds are managed with a sustainable perspective and the strictest social criteria.

Victoire Aubry, Chief Financial Officer of Icade, declared: “As a player involved in environmental transition, Icade aims to be at the forefront of sustainable real estate. In this context, beginning of September, Icade has issued successfully, its first green bond for a total of € 600 million. This green bond is fully in line with the proactive CSR policy pursued at all levels of the organisation. It will support Icade’s ambition to be a leading player in CSR among Real Estate Investment companies

Charles‐Antoine Blanc, Chief Financial Officer of Paprec Group declared: “As a company fully dedicated to environmental services and more specifically waste recycling, we have started to issue green bonds by 2015 for an aggregate amount of 705 million euros. Those green bonds have allowed us to develop the company significantly since then with respect to our CSR policy but also Green Bond Principles.”

Hugues de Nicolay, Deputy CEO – Finance & Purchasing ‐ SNCF Réseau said: “In order to reach the objectives set by the Paris Climate Agreement and to foster a transition towards low carbon transportation, SNCF Réseau has decided to place Green Bonds at the heart of its financing strategy. Our objective is to become a leading player on this market not only in terms of volume ‐ in less than 12 months, we launched three Green Bonds for a total amount of 2.65 billion euros ‐ but also in terms of high‐level standards.

Gregor Alexander, Finance Director of SSE, said: “We are pleased our issuance earlier this year shows our commitment to SSE’s sustainability and responsibility principles. It sends out a clear and unequivocal message to stakeholders, that SSE supports the transition to a low carbon energy system and wants to see a sustainable economy in the UK and Ireland in the long term.

Otto Jager, Chief Financial Officer of TenneT: "Issuing green bonds related to certain activities or projects is a first important step by an enterprise in taking responsibility for its social and environmental impact. I expect that in the future the ESG record of a company as a whole will become just as an important factor for investors as its financial performance."

About ENGIE

ENGIE is committed to taking on the major challenges of the energy revolution, towards a world more decarbonised, decentralised and digitalised. The Group aims to become the leader of this new energy world by focusing on three key activities for the future: low carbon generation in particular from natural gas and renewable energy, energy infrastructure and efficient solutions adapted to all its customers (individuals, businesses, territories, etc.). Innovation, digital solutions and customer satisfaction are the guiding principles of ENGIE’s development. ENGIE is active in around 70 countries, employs 150,000 people worldwide and achieved revenues of €66.6 billion in 2016. The Group is listed on the Paris and Brussels stock exchanges (ENGI) and is represented in the main financial indices (CAC 40, BEL 20, DJ Euro Stoxx 50, Euronext 100, FTSE Eurotop 100, MSCI Europe) and non-financial indices (DJSI World, DJSI Europe and Euronext Vigeo Eiris - World 120, Eurozone 120, Europe 120, France 20, CAC 40 Governance).

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ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Repair and restoration efforts continue Saturday night, with Georgia Power personnel across the state remaining focused on safely restoring all customers impacted by this week's winter weather. Significant progress was made throughout the day today, with crews restoring power to customers throughout Northern Georgia and making critical repairs to restore the largest numbers of customers possible and address public safety concerns. Following heavy snowfall and freezing rain which lasted nearly 24 hours, crews in the field are facing challenging travel conditions with blocked roads, sub-freezing temperatures and additional icing expected overnight.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 295,000 customers.
  • As of 11 p.m. Saturday, approximately 50,000 customers were without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) are available for customers on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • More than 2,000 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- With winter weather continuing into Saturday, Georgia Power is responding to service interruptions as quickly and safely as possible. Restoration crews working to restore power for customers today are facing challenging weather and travel conditions, including impassable bridges and roads due to significant snow accumulation and icing.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to more than 130,000 customers.
  • As of 9 a.m. Saturday, approximately 140,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at   GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the day today, Georgia Power has largely completed restoration efforts following this weekend's winter weather. Crews have worked around the clock in difficult conditions, including snow, freezing rain and ice since the storm hit, restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers since Friday. Teams will remain engaged in restoration and repair work in the field until all customers, who can accept power, are reconnected.  

Customers in some of the hardest hits areas of North Georgia may not be able reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service. The company cannot, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 365,000 customers
  • As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, approximately 13,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) customers are available on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • Approximately 1,200 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Repair and restoration efforts continue Saturday night, with Georgia Power personnel across the state remaining focused on safely restoring all customers impacted by this week's winter weather. Significant progress was made throughout the day today, with crews restoring power to customers throughout Northern Georgia and making critical repairs to restore the largest numbers of customers possible and address public safety concerns. Following heavy snowfall and freezing rain which lasted nearly 24 hours, crews in the field are facing challenging travel conditions with blocked roads, sub-freezing temperatures and additional icing expected overnight.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 295,000 customers.
  • As of 11 p.m. Saturday, approximately 50,000 customers were without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) are available for customers on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • More than 2,000 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ABU DHABI, EAU, December 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ --

El Departamento de Cultura y Turismo de Abu Dhabi ha anunciado la adquisición de la obra maestra Salvator Mundi, de Leonardo da Vinci. La obra, considerada como uno de los redescubrimientos artísticos más destacados de los últimos 100 años, se mostrará en el Louvre Abu Dhabi, junto a otra obra maestra de da Vinci, La Belle Ferronnière, que es un préstamo actual del musée du Louvre.

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Pintada por uno de los artistas más grandes y prestigiosos de la historia, Salvator Mundi es una de las menos de 20 pinturas sobrevivientes conocidas del maestro renacentista italiano. Data del año 1500 aproximadamente, y es una obra al óleo en panel que muestra una figura de medio cuerpo de Cristo como Salvador del Mundo, que está frente al espectador, vestido con una toga de flores lapis y carmesí. La figura porta una esfera de cristal en su mano izquierda, al tiempo que alza la mano derecha como bendición.

Su Excelencia Mohamed Al Mubarak, presidente del Departamento de Cultura y Turismo, destacó: "Estamos encantados de mostrar Salvator Mundi, parte del rico legado de Leonardo da Vinci, en el Louvre Abu Dhabi. Esto está en línea con nuestra ambición de compartir este museo extraordinario con el mundo, y nuestra misión de inspirar a una nueva generación de líderes culturales y pensadores creativos para contribuir de cara a nuestra nación tolerante y de cambio rápido".

Manuel Rabaté, director del Louvre Abu Dhabi, comentó: "La obra maestro de Leonardo da Vinci, Salvator Mundi, encaja a la perfección con la narrativa del Louvre Abu Dhabi, el primer museo universal en derribar las barreras entre las diferentes civilizaciones. Se mostrará junto a nuestra colección creciente, siendo un tesoro excepcional que sin lugar a dudas disfrutarán nuestros visitantes".

El museo además se está preparando para abrir su muestra especial inaugural, From One Louvre to Another: Opening a Museum for Everyone, el 21 de diciembre de 2017. Traza la historia del musée du Louvre en París durante el Siglo XVIII.Se divide en tres secciones, la muestra se centrará en las colecciones reales de Versailles bajo el Rey Louis XIV; la residencia de la Academia y los Salones en el Louvre, convertidos en un palacio para los artistas; además de la creación final del musée du Louvre. La muestra contará aproximadamente con 150 pinturas destacadas, esculturas, artes decorativas y otras piezas, principalmente de las colecciones del musée du Louvre, pero también del Château de Versailles.

El Louvre Abu Dhabi incluye 6.000 metros cuadrados de galerías, muestras un Children's Museum para visitantes de entre 6 y 12 años, un centro de investigación, un restaurante, una boutique y un café. La 'ciudad del museo' (madina árabe), del arquitecto Jean Nouvel, está bajo una cúpula de 180 metros, firmada por cerca de 8.000 estrellas de metal únicas establecidas en un complejo con forma geométrica. Se puede caminar en sus pasadizos con vistas al mar por debajo de la cúpula al tiempo que la luz solar se filtra a través, creando un movimiento de 'lluvia de luz', que recuerda el solapamiento de las palmeras en los oasis de los EAU y en los souqs tradicionales.

ACERCA DEL DEPARTMENT OF CULTURE AND TOURISM  

El Departamento de Cultura y Turismo (DCT) conserva y promociona la herencia y cultura del emirato de Abu Dhabi, y lo actualiza como desarrollo de un destino de nivel mundial sostenible diferenciado, que enriquece las vidas de los visitantes y residentes. El departamento impulsa el sector del turismo del emirato, comercializando el destino a nivel internacional por medio de una amplia gama de actividades destinadas a atraer a los visitantes y sus inversiones. Sus políticas, planes y programas relacionados con la preservación de la herencia y cultura incluyen la protección arqueológica y sitios históricos, además del desarrollo de museos, entre los que se incluyen el Louvre Abu Dhabi, el Zayed National Museum y el Guggenheim Abu Dhabi. El DCT apoya las actividades intelectuales y artísticas y eventos culturales para nutrir un entorno cultural rico y honrar la herencia del emirato. Su papel principal es el de crear una sinergia en el desarrollo del destino por medio de una coordinación cercana con su base de accionistas de amplio espectro.

ACERCA DEL LOUVRE ABU DHABI  

El Louvre Abu Dhabi es un museo universal sito en la Saadiyat Island que muestra arte y artefactos de tiempos antiguos hasta la actualidad con el fin de celebrar un intercambio cultural y diversidad. Diseñado por medio del arquitecto francés Jean Nouvel, el museo representa una madina árabe (ciudad) con sus 23 galerías permanentes, espacio de muestra temporal, el Children's Museum, auditorio, restaurantes, venta al por menor y un centro de investigación. Rodeado por el mar, los visitantes podrán caminar por los paseos aledaños a la impresionante cúpula del museo. Pueden experimentar la encantadora 'lluvia de luz' de Nouvel, inspirada por las sombras del solapamiento de las palmeras de los preciados oasis de los EAU donde los viajeros una vez cruzaron sus caminos.

Las obras de arte que se muestran tienen su origen de las civilizaciones de todo el mundo. Se han recolectado por medio de temas universales destacados y de influencias similares. Esto supone la salida de numerosos museos occidentales tradicionales que claramente separan los objetos de diferentes civilizaciones. Los temas del Louvre Abu Dhabi incluyen: los retratos del poder; la representación de lo divino; la exploración de tierras desconocidas y el amanecer de la globalización. El Louvre Abu Dhabi ha adquirido más de 620 objetos hasta la fecha, incluyendo obras individuales, series y colecciones. Algunas de estas se mostrarán junto a 300 trabajos prestados procedentes de 13 destacadas instituciones de Francia.

El Louvre Abu Dhabi nació de un acuerdo entre los gobiernos de Abu Dhabi y Francia en 2007. El acuerdo estipula que el nombre del Louvre es un préstamo durante un periodo de 30 años; las obras de arte de las instituciones francesas son para 10 años en una ase descendiente al tiempo que crece la colección permanente; y la programación de las muestras temporales son para 15 años.

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ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Throughout the day today, Georgia Power has largely completed restoration efforts following this weekend's winter weather. Crews have worked around the clock in difficult conditions, including snow, freezing rain and ice since the storm hit, restoring power to hundreds of thousands of customers since Friday. Teams will remain engaged in restoration and repair work in the field until all customers, who can accept power, are reconnected.  

Customers in some of the hardest hits areas of North Georgia may not be able reconnect to Georgia Power service due to extensive damage. Georgia Power reminds customers that the electrical service entry point on their home or business, including the meter box and other components, must be repaired before Georgia Power can reconnect service. The company cannot, by law, connect power to a damaged meter box, or other non-Georgia Power components, and property owners should contact a qualified electrician to make repairs in order for the company to reconnect service.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 365,000 customers
  • As of 7:30 p.m. Sunday, approximately 13,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) customers are available on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • Approximately 1,200 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power crews have made significant progress Saturday, restoring power to customers throughout Northern Georgia and making critical repairs to restore the largest numbers of customers possible and address public safety concerns. Following heavy snowfall and freezing rain which lasted nearly 24 hours, crews continue to face challenging travel conditions with blocked roads, sub-freezing temperatures and additional icing expected overnight.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 240,000 customers.
  • As of 5 p.m. Saturday, approximately 80,000 customers were without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Customers should continue to check the Outage Map as updated local estimated restoration times are posted based on ongoing evaluations with new assessments and repair estimates.
  • More than 2,500 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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Almost half of the people living in sub-Saharan Africa have access to electricity. Urban electricity access rates are even higher, estimated at 76 percent in 2014. But these figures are dangerously deceptive.

A recent World Bank study on infrastructure in Africa finds that take-up rates for populations living under the grid are high in only a few countries -- South Africa, Nigeria, Gabon and Cameroon -- while being below 50 percent in nearly every other country in the region.

A disproportionately large share of the unelectrified African population actually lives “under the grid” -- directly beneath existing grid infrastructure.

Estimates for "under-the-grid" populations differ by source. They range from 61 percent to as high as 78 percent

At least 110 million of Africa’s 600 million people without electricity access live in urban areas, in close proximity to the grid. In this region -- the only place in the world where the aggregate proportion of the population with access to electricity is actually declining -- population growth will only cause the number of urban energy poor to grow over time.

Very little research has been done to understand the differentiated energy demands or consumption behaviors of peri-urban customers. Yet these households represent a massive commercial opportunity for cash-strapped sub-Saharan African utilities: tens of millions of densely packed customers without the high cost of last-mile rural grid extension. So what keeps these communities unconnected, and why?

Despite the lack of information, it is clear that one of the major barriers is the prohibitive cost of grid connection. The cost of a connection in Kenya, for instance, is estimated at USD $400 per household, nearly one-third of annual average per capita income and over four times the mean willingness to pay of surveyed Kenyans.

In Nigeria, 62 percent of under-the-grid grid households cite high connection costs as a reason they are not connected to the grid. The Center for Global Development estimates that there may be up to 95 million people living in under-the-grid areas in Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Ghana and Liberia alone.

Beyond pure cost barriers, urban communities often experience persistent and pervasive energy isolation barriers due to economic and political remoteness (as opposed to geographic remoteness) and are neglected by large-scale public investment schemes.

Establishing a utility-customer relationship and billing channels can be difficult for people without a formal address or the ability to be metered. Likewise, residences close to other infrastructure (such as roads or railways), or in flood plains can create problems for all manner of service delivery. The state is usually unwilling, or legally unable, to provide infrastructure or services under such conditions.

Organizational barriers, corruption, power theft, ineffective bill collection methods, complicated interconnection, and service delivery complications also limit peri-urban energy access.

So how do utilities establish relationships with these elusive prospective customers? Turns out, an innovative private Indian utility figured this out years ago.

TPDDL: An Indian utility’s successes with onboarding the urban poor

In 2009, Tata Power Delhi Distribution Limited (TPDDL) focused on connecting an exclusive segment of its customer base living in impoverished neighborhoods.

By reducing new connection charges to a nominal 350 INR (about USD $7 at the time) offering an affordable 24-month payment plan, waiving outstanding dues, reducing proof of identification, relaxing commercial formalities on land rights, and promoting insurance offerings for those with metered connections, TPDDL made legitimate and reliable electricity connections affordable.

The utility also surveyed this "Special Consumer Group" to understand their needs and uses for electricity, and launched initiatives to help customers pay their electricity bills, such as providing supplementary services to communicate the value of a legal electricity connection. This included low-cost healthcare clinics with electronic equipment, vocational opportunities that required productive electric loads like sewing and milling, and hiring local women to serve as bill collection agents.

TPDDL now employs nearly 1,000 women in 39 impoverished neighborhoods to reduce theft. Collectively, they have brought 56,000 additional delinquent accounts to paying status.

Between 2010 and 2015, TPDDL’s unique model connected 175,000 new ratepaying customers in 217 impoverished neighborhoods near New Delhi. In the process, the utility doubled its customer base and increased its revenues fourfold.

Many of these lessons have been replicated in Jamaica, Brazil, South Africa, the Philippines and Kenya (where an estimated 70 percent of off-grid homes are located within 1.2 kilometers of a power line).

Kenya Power & Lighting Co. (KPLC) conducted a survey showing that customer willingness to pay for an electricity connection was 57 percent lower than the cost of service, but actual monthly expenditures were higher than the reported willingness to pay.

KPLC has taken lessons from TPDDL’s success, instituting a subsidized connection fee of USD $12 through the Last Mile Connectivity Project and an installment-based payment plan that led to a 30-fold increase in legal electricity connections in impoverished neighborhoods in one year.

Simple changes like making payments more convenient and affordable through e-billing, investing in local infrastructure beyond poles and wires, and a touch of creative customer engagement in marketing and bill collection are easy and effective mechanisms for improving uptake and customer retention.

In the case of TPDDL, changes like these reduced aggregate losses by 53 percent. Paired with a doubling of the customer base and a demand reduction to affordable levels of consumption for legal customers, the private utility was actually able to reduce the total electricity supplied to the impoverished neighborhoods in the program.

Decentralized renewables help bridge the gap

These solutions apply in Africa as well. In fact, yet another World Bank study published this year finds that for half of sub-Saharan African countries, the additional subsidies needed to make electricity affordable to every urban household are less than $5 million, and less than $1 million in 38 percent of them.

While almost two-thirds of SSA countries have low lifeline rates for customers using 100 kilowatt-hours or less per month, informal households are usually unable to take advantage of these reduced rates because multiple households often connect to the same meter, resulting in high total consumption at the meter. In fact, data shows that these households often end up paying disproportionately more for electricity. More effective targeting of this subsidy could drastically improve uptake.

Beyond reallocating energy subsidies toward connection fees and tariffs, increased support for decentralized renewable energy technologies is a major solution for under-the-grid electrification, especially in countries with less innovative utilities. Pay-as-you-go solar systems can provide a much lower barrier to entry to basic electricity services and back up illegal or unreliable grid connections.

For instance, compared to those high upfront connection costs noted earlier in Kenya, a 15-watt solar home system costs on average USD $9 per month for 36 months. The distributed renewable energy sector recognizes this market. In fact, about 35 percent of solar lighting product sales in Kenya are made in these peri-urban areas.

A number of off-grid solar companies, including d.light, have begun to specifically target peri-urban customers. Further, evidence has shown that the willingness to pay for decentralized renewables is proportionally much higher than grid connection, especially as reliability is an important user criteria.

Decentralized technologies are simple, fast and agile. They have short installation times and few permanent infrastructural features, thus offering a ready solution to those households on legally unserviceable land or in temporary housing situations.

Policies to support increased penetration of decentralized technologies include: increasing investment into the low- and medium-voltage distribution grid, simplifying grid interconnection procedures, and financial incentives like reduced duties for product import.

While much effort has been paid to bringing households into the physical grid, energy access is not binary -- rather, it is a gradient with “gray areas” of under-the-grid households willing to pay for reliable power.

With the right approach and simple innovations, sub-Saharan African utilities can capture elusive revenues and reliable payments from the 110 million prospective customers living under the grid.

***

This is the second installment in a joint series between GTM Research and Power for All exploring the dynamics of energy access issues in emerging markets. Power for All is a global coalition of 200 private and public organizations campaigning to deliver universal energy access before 2030 through the power of decentralized, renewable electricity.

As a pillar of Wood Mackenzie’s redefined focus on studying global trends in the transformation of power, GTM Research is studying the energy transformation occurring beyond the grid edge in the off-grid rural energy access space.

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ATLANTA, Dec. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power expects to have restoration efforts largely completed Sunday with crews in the field remaining focused on reconnecting all customers impacted by this weekend's severe winter weather which brought snowfall, freezing rain and ice throughout North Georgia. While weather conditions are improving today, many areas remain inaccessible due to heavy snowfall, fallen trees or blocked roads. Restoration teams are gaining access to some of the hardest-hit areas for the first time today to assess damage and will continue to concentrate on restoring as many customers as possible with each repair while addressing public safety concerns.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 320,000 customers
  • As of 11:30 a.m. Sunday, approximately 35,000 customers are without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Local estimated restoration times (ERTs) customers are available on the Outage Map and the company will regularly update the Outage Map and other customer notification resources during the remainder of the restoration process with any changes in these ERTs.
  • Approximately 1,700 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.
  • Watch for Georgia Power crews working across the state. If driving, move over one lane for utility vehicles stopped on the side of the road - it's the law in Georgia.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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ATLANTA, Dec. 9, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Repair and restoration efforts continue Saturday afternoon with personnel throughout the state engaged in Georgia Power's efforts to restore service to customers impacted by heavy snowfall over the past 24 hours.  Restoration crews in the field continue to face challenging travel conditions, including impassable bridges and roads due to significant snow accumulation and icing.

Restoration Update

  • Since noon Friday, restoration crews have been in field and have safely restored power to approximately 175,000 customers
  • As of 12:30 p.m. Saturday, approximately 130,000 customers were without power statewide according to Georgia Power's Online Outage Map. Customers should continue to check the Outage Map as updated local estimated restoration times are posted based on ongoing evaluations with new assessments and repair estimates.
  • More than 2,400 individual cases of damage or trouble (including broken poles and lines) the company is working to repair.

Georgia Power reminds customers to keep safety first during severe winter weather and offers multiple tools and resources to stay connected and informed.

After the Storm Safety Tips

  • Watch for downed wires. Downed power lines may be hidden by snow, debris or fallen trees.
  • Never touch any downed wire or attempt to remove tree branches from power lines – it can kill.
  • Don't step in standing water or saturated ground where downed lines may be present. They could be electrified.
  • Avoid chain link fences. They may be electrified by a downed line out of sight and conduct electricity over great distances.

Tools You Can Use 

  • Outage Alerts – Subscribe to the free Georgia Power Outage Alert service to receive personalized notifications and updates via text message.
  • Outage & Storm Center – Available at www.georgiapower.com/storm, customers can visit this site to sign up for Outage Alerts, report and check the status of outages, and access useful safety tips and information. Customers can report and check the status of an outage 24 hours a day by contacting Georgia Power at 888-891-0938.  
  • Outage Map – Housed within the Outage & Storm Center, Georgia Power's interactive Outage Map provides near real-time information, allowing users to see where outages are occurring across the state and track estimated restoration times.
  • Georgia Power Mobile App – Download the Georgia Power mobile app for Apple and Android devices to access storm and outage information on the go.
  • @GeorgiaPower on Twitter – Follow @GeorgiaPower on Twitter for storm tips, outage updates, customer service and more.
  • Winter Weather Prep Videos – Check out a series of informational videos on winter weather preparation at  GeorgiaPower.com/WinterPrep.

When severe weather strikes, Georgia Power has access to additional resources available as part of the Southern Company system, which includes multiple electric and gas companies serving more than 9 million customers nationwide. Additionally, Georgia Power is part of a national mutual assistance network consisting of dozens of utilities from around the country, and the company is able to tap into reinforcements when needed to restore power to Georgia customers following a storm. 

About Georgia Power 
Georgia Power is the largest electric subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), America's premier energy company. Value, Reliability, Customer Service and Stewardship are the cornerstones of the company's promise to 2.5 million customers in all but four of Georgia's 159 counties. Committed to delivering clean, safe, reliable and affordable energy at rates below the national average, Georgia Power maintains a diverse, innovative generation mix that includes nuclear, coal and natural gas, as well as renewables such as solar, hydroelectric and wind. Georgia Power focuses on delivering world-class service to its customers every day and the company is consistently recognized by J.D. Power and Associates as an industry leader in customer satisfaction. For more information, visit www.GeorgiaPower.com and connect with the company on Facebook (Facebook.com/GeorgiaPower), Twitter (Twitter.com/GeorgiaPower) and Instagram (Instagram.com/ga_power).

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2017 is over, almost. So it's time to set that year aside like a stranded asset, and move on to the next big thing. Namely, 2018.

For this week's edition of Storage Plus, I'll describe what I see as the key trends that will shape this sector in the coming months. 

New allies

Storage needs to compete on economics, and there's no getting around that. But the industry could gain from forging new alliances with stakeholders that have overlapping interests.

Environmental justice is a logical place to start, because storage is well...

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