ATLANTA, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Georgia Power continues to make progress towards the closure of seven ash ponds at Plant Yates with the dewatering process scheduled to begin in mid-May. Dewatering marks a significant step towards completing the closure process, and Georgia Power's ash pond closure plan for Plant Yates is specifically designed for the site to help ensure water quality is protected every step of the way.

Four of the ash ponds nearest the river at Plant Yates are to be completely excavated with the ash consolidated with the remaining three ponds, which will be closed in place using advanced engineering methods and technologies. Ash pond closures are site-specific and consider multiple factors, such as pond size, location, geology and amount of material; and each closure is certified by a team of independent, professional engineers.

"As we begin the dewatering process at Plant Yates, we are pleased with the progress we have made on our ash pond closure process throughout the state at all of our plants," said Dr. Mark Berry, vice president of Environmental & Natural Resources for Georgia Power. "We continue to focus on safety and meeting all compliance requirements throughout the process to fulfill our longstanding commitment to protect the environment and local communities. We have invested in appropriate water treatment systems to help ensure that our dewatering process is protective of the area's rivers. Throughout the process, clear communication to our customers and the community about our progress remains a priority."

The ash pond dewatering plan for Plant Yates that has been approved by the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD) identifies the enhanced water treatment system, controls and monitoring that will be used during the process to help ensure that the water discharged is protective of water quality standards. The planned on-site closure methods will be permitted and regulated by the EPD.

To date, the company has removed two of the seven ash ponds at Plant Yates, completed engineering and feasibility studies and filed permit applications with the EPD for the remaining ash ponds on site. Communication regarding the closure plan is provided through EPD notifications, advance public notice of permits and updates to local homeowners and local media. To read more about Plant Yates's ash pond closure and dewatering process, click here.

Georgia Power first announced its plans to permanently close all of its ash ponds in September 2015, with initial plans released in June 2016. The company is in the process of completely excavating 19 ash ponds located adjacent to lakes and rivers with the remaining 10 being closed in place using advanced engineering methods and closure technologies.

In November 2018, Georgia Power completed the submission of 29 Coal Combustion Residuals (CCR) permit applications as required by the Georgia CCR rule for ash ponds and landfills. These permit applications outlined significant and detailed engineering information about Georgia Power's ash pond closure plans and landfill operations plans. The permitting application process was developed and completed with significant internal and external resources supported by multiple third-party consulting and engineering firms.

Georgia Power's ash pond closure plans fully comply with the federal CCR rule, as well as the more stringent requirements of Georgia's state CCR rule. Georgia was one of the first states in the country to develop its own rule regulating management and storage of CCR such as coal ash. The state rule, which goes further than the federal rule, regulates all ash ponds and landfills in the state and includes a comprehensive permitting program through which the EPD will approve all actions to ensure ash pond closures are protective of water quality.

In 2016, the company announced that all ash ponds will stop receiving coal ash in three years and the significant construction work necessary to accommodate the dry-handling of ash is on track to be completed in 2019. Today, more than 60 percent of the coal ash Georgia Power produces is recycled for various beneficial uses, such as Portland cement, concrete and cinder blocks.

Protecting Water Quality Throughout Ash Pond Closure Process    
Since 2016, Georgia Power has installed approximately 500 groundwater monitoring wells, including 45 wells at Plant Yates, around its ash ponds and landfills to actively monitor groundwater quality. Monitoring is being conducted in compliance with federal and state laws and regulations. The company has also engaged independent, third-party contractors for sampling and accredited independent laboratories for analysis. The company continues to post testing results on Georgia Power's website and report them to the EPD. Based on the extensive data collected, the company has identified no risk to public health or drinking water.

Dewatering Process
Georgia Power's commitment to protecting water quality of surface waters, such as lakes and rivers, includes comprehensive and customized dewatering processes during ash pond closures. The company's process treats the water to help ensure that it meets the requirements of the plant's wastewater discharge permits approved by the EPD and is protective of applicable water quality standards. The dewatering process marks a significant step towards completing the ash pond closure process and has begun at four of Georgia Power's plants: Bowen, McDonough, McManus and Branch, with Plant Yates scheduled to begin in mid-May.

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 2.6 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).

Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements 
Certain information contained in this release is forward-looking information based on current expectations and plans that involve risks and uncertainties. Forward-looking information includes, among other things, statements concerning the method and timing of planned closure of coal ash ponds. Georgia Power Company cautions that there are certain factors that could cause actual results to differ materially from the forward-looking information that has been provided. The reader is cautioned not to put undue reliance on this forward-looking information, which is not a guarantee of future performance and is subject to a number of uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside the control of Georgia Power Company; accordingly, there can be no assurance that such suggested results will be realized. The following factors, in addition to those discussed in Georgia Power Company's Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 31, 2018, and subsequent securities filings, could cause actual results to differ materially from management expectations as suggested by such forward-looking information: the impact of recent and future federal and state regulatory changes, including environmental laws and regulations and tax and other laws and regulations to which Georgia Power Company is subject, as well as changes in application of existing laws and regulations; current and future litigation or regulatory investigations, proceedings, or inquiries; the ability to control costs and avoid cost and schedule overruns during the development, construction and operation of facilities; the ability to construct facilities in accordance with the requirements of permits and licenses and to satisfy any environmental performance standards; state and federal rate regulations and the impact of pending and future rate cases and negotiations; catastrophic events such as fires, earthquakes, explosions, floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and other storms, droughts, pandemic health events, or other similar occurrences; and the effect of accounting pronouncements issued periodically by standard-setting bodies.  Georgia Power Company expressly disclaims any obligation to update any forward-looking information.

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KATONAH, N.Y., April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- On Friday, April 12th, Joule Community Power issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) for energy suppliers to bid a more competitive price relative to the default energy supplier (Central Hudson) on behalf of eight communities in the Hudson Valley – the Town of Beacon, the Town of Cold Spring, the Town of Fishkill, the Town of Geneva, the Town of Lima, Marbletown, Philipstown, the City of Poughkeepsie – as part of the Hudson Valley Community Power program. The winner of the RFP will provide electricity to the participating communities at a lower price than what residents have historically paid, and is expected to come, at least in part, from cleaner sources.

Hudson Valley Community Power is a community-based bulk energy purchasing program (Community Choice Aggregation, or CCA) intended to lower costs and increase the use of renewable energy in the Hudson Valley.

The issuance of the RFP marks an historic agreement of the participating communities to join forces in the Hudson Valley Community Power energy program, through the signing of a Memorandum of Understand (MoU) with the Program Administrator, Joule Community Power.

Glenn Weinberg, Vice President of Joule Community Power, said, "Following our timeline, residents and small businesses should start seeing savings on their energy bills by July: We aim to designate a supplier by May, with the expectation to begin delivery shortly thereafter. We'll publicly release the name of the winning supplier and the terms of the new contract, as soon as these are determined."

Jeffrey Domanski, of Hudson Valley Energy, the program's Local Organizer, said, "This RFP is an historic moment for the Hudson Valley, demonstrating a powerful shared service model in the area of sustainability. Many people have worked hard to make this happen, and we're excited to see the benefits. We are very proud of these communities for choosing a path towards 100% renewable energy, and look forward to helping them meet their carbon reduction goals."

New York State's first CCA pilot program across twenty-five municipalities in Westchester County in 2016 has, to date, saved residents more than $17 million on their energy bills.

About Joule Community Power
Joule Community Power (Joule Community) is leading the energy paradigm shift in New York State by guiding municipalities and residents towards local energy independence and 100% clean energy. Joule Community Power helps municipalities reduce residential energy costs while advancing energy reduction, energy management, and clean energy goals amidst an evolving regulatory environment. With no upfront cost to a municipality or its residents, Joule's first-of-kind, integrated Community Power program helps municipalities and consumers save money and energy by pooling local demand to broker cheaper energy supply contracts for residents and small businesses while creating new revenue opportunities enabled by participation in renewable energy markets, further enabling rapid customer acquisition for solar developers at scale. Joule Community's distinctive expertise in designing and implementing new consumer-protective energy supply contracts was instrumental in the creation of New York State's first Community Choice energy program. Having created the blueprint to guide communities through a smooth and empowering decision process, Joule Community aims to scale its successful CCA model across NY State and beyond.  Joule Community is 100% owned and operated by Joule Assets Inc. Learn more about Joule Community at: www.joulecommunity.com.

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Sustainable business growth drives Invenergy's broader sustainability efforts. Last year Invenergy experienced 25 percent growth in its portfolio of operating and advanced development projects. The company invested $3.1 billion to construct new energy facilities, which supported 3,695 jobs mostly in rural communities and small towns. The number of full-time Invenergy employees also grew nearly 7 percent, to just over 950 employees worldwide.

"At Invenergy, sustainability is about more than just advancing innovative renewable and clean energy technologies, it's about environmental stewardship, community investment and empowering people," said Invenergy's Founder and CEO, Michael Polsky. "As a privately-held company, Invenergy voluntarily embraces and reports on sustainable business practices because sustainability just makes sense, and I am proud of what our employees do every day to further this work."

The Invenergy Impact: 2018 Sustainability Report reflects the company's investments related to three core pillars: Environmental Stewardship, Community Investment and Empowering People. Highlights from each of these areas include:

  • In 2018, projects developed by Invenergy offset an additional 14 million tons of carbon dioxide pollution, the equivalent of planting 300 million trees or taking half a million cars off the road.
  • Invenergy energy centers generated $160 million of economic investment in its home communities in 2018 through wages & benefits, landowner payments and state & local taxes. Invenergy also invested $1 million in cause-based giving and volunteer time to nonprofits and charitable organizations.
  • 48 hours of safety training on average per Invenergy Services employee, combined with other measures, ensure a strong safety culture and have helped the company achieve its lowest incident and lost work rates. Invenergy also invested in initiatives to support careers in energy for women, people of color and military veterans.

Invenergy believes the sustainable energy movement is about people who commit themselves to building a better world. Whether by developing projects that deliver clean energy all over the world, protecting wildlife habitat, investing in the communities Invenergy employees call home, or supporting its people, the company is turning energy innovation into social good.

To learn more about Invenergy Impact, visit InvenergyImpact.com.

About Invenergy

Invenergy drives innovation in energy. Invenergy and its affiliated companies develop, own, and operate large-scale renewable and other clean energy generation and storage facilities in the Americas, Europe and Asia. Invenergy's home office is located in Chicago and it has regional development offices in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Japan, Poland and Scotland.

Invenergy and its affiliated companies have successfully developed more than 22,600 megawatts of projects that are in operation, construction or contracted, including wind, solar, and natural gas power generation and advanced energy storage projects. Learn about Invenergy at Invenergyllc.com.

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HONG KONG, April 18, 2019 /PRNewswire/ -- Reolink announces incredible discounts (up to 25 percent off) on top-selling smart home security cameras & systems to celebrate the upcoming Easter, giving consumers the maximum opportunity to benefit from a range of offers.

Shoppers can view the best security camera Easter deals 2019 here: https://reolink.com/flash-sale.

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About Reolink

Reolink, a global innovator in the smart home field, is always dedicated to delivering the easiest and most reliable security solutions for home and business. Reolink's mission is to make security a seamless experience for customers with its groundbreaking security products. Reolink products are available and sold worldwide, providing video surveillance and protection for millions of homes and families.

For more information about Reolink and its products, please visit https://reolink.com.

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