Southern Company subsidiary Southern Power is a leading U.S. wholesale energy provider meeting the electricity needs of municipalities, electric cooperatives and investor-owned utilities. Southern Power's portfolio was initially founded on natural gas-fired generating plants and has grown to include biomass, solar and wind facilities with more than 35 plants located in Alabama, California, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oklahoma and Texas. Southern Power does not own or operate any coal or nuclear facilities.
Southern Power is an important part of the significant efforts across the entire Southern Company system to provide clean, safe, reliable and affordable electricity to customers and communities. Southern Company is the only company in America committed to developing the full portfolio of energy resources and investing in robust proprietary research and development. This is further evident system-wide through environmental stewardship, committed governance and social and corporate responsibility.
Southern Company is an industry leader in innovation. Examples of this leadership include partnering with forward-looking companies like Tesla, Google and Nest to deliver new solutions to customers, and operating the new Energy Innovation Center to explore technologies such as battery storage and electric vehicle infrastructure.
Through its subsidiaries, Southern Company has committed $20 billion to developing low and zero-carbon emission generating sources. Southern Company, across all of its subsidiaries, has added or announced more than 3,800 megawatts (MW) of renewable projects since 2012, both in the Southeast and across the country.
Southern Power is a central part of Southern Company's commitment to developing renewables as part of a diverse fuel mix. In 2015, Southern Power announced the acquisition of 1,200 MW of renewable capacity across 14 facilities operating or under development. As of January 1, 2016, the company's green portfolio consisted of more than 1,700 MW across 23 wind and solar facilities.
More information may be found in Southern Company's Corporate Responsibility Report.