SOUTHERN COMPANY: Southern Power Announces Completion of Mankato Energy Center Expansion

Southern Company issued the following announcement on June 4.

Southern Power, a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider and subsidiary of Southern Company, announced the second combined cycle unit of the Mankato Energy Center expansion in Mankato, Minn., is complete. The expansion created 250 jobs during construction and was completed on time and under budget.

Mankato Energy Center, the natural gas power plant, now includes two natural gas, combined cycle units and is capable of producing up to 760 megawatts of generation for the region. The expansion project highlights the company's ability to design and construct an integral part of the regional energy infrastructure.

"The completion of the Mankato Energy Center expansion represents an incredible accomplishment for our employees and partners involved with the project," said Southern Power President Bill Grantham. "Together, the team applied their considerable skills and expertise to make the project a success while demonstrating a strong commitment to safety."

Southern Power recently announced it has reached an agreement to sell the Mankato Energy Center to Xcel Energy-Minnesota for $650 million. Xcel Energy is the customer under two 20-year power purchase agreements. The sale, which is subject to regulatory approval and other closing conditions, is expected to be completed in the third quarter 2019.

About Southern Power
Southern Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives, investor-owned utilities and other energy customers. Southern Power and its subsidiaries own 49 facilities operating or under development in 11 states with more than 11,300 MW of generating capacity in Alabama, California, Georgia, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas.

About 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 electric operating companies in three states, natural gas distribution companies in four states, a competitive generation company serving wholesale customers across America, a leading distributed energy infrastructure company, a fiber optics network and telecommunications 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 have 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 technology. Through an industry-leading commitment to innovation and a low-carbon future, Southern Company and its subsidiaries develop the customized energy solutions our customers and communities require to drive growth and prosperity. Our uncompromising values ensure we put the needs of those we serve at the center of everything we do and govern our business to the benefit of our world. Our corporate culture and hiring practices have been recognized nationally by the U.S. Department of Defense, G.I. Jobs magazine, DiversityInc, Black Enterprise, Forbes and the Women's Choice Award. To learn more, visit www.southerncompany.com.

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