Alabama Power

Alabama Power Sends Crews to New Jersey for Storm Recovery

Alabama Power has announced that this morning, it sent 133 lineworkers and 94 support workers to New Jersey to assist utility company FirstEnergy in its storm response. Alabama Power workers will help FirstEnergy subsidiary Jersey Central Power and Light. That utility serves 1.1 million customers in the central and northern parts of the state. Tropical Storm Isaias began moving into…

UPDATE: Current Alabama Power Outages in Central Alabama

Update: As thunderstorms continue to move through Central Alabama, thousands of Alabama Power customers continue to lose their power. Alabama Power’s public information representative Michael Jordan, tells us that as of 9 p.m. the following areas are experiencing power outages: Tallapoosa County – 3,000 customers Chilton County – 2,700 customers Coosa County – 1,000 customers Montgomery County – 370 customers…

Safety Precautions in the Event You Are Faced With Downed Power Lines

Alabama News Network wants you to stay safe and in the event, you are met with downed power lines as the result of severe weather. The following is a list of precautions from Alabama Power that you can take to ensure your safety. Stay away, and keep children and pets away, from downed lines. Do not drive over lines or…

Alabama Power Fees on Solar Challenged

Environmental groups are challenging Alabama Power’s backup capacity fee on customers who use solar panels to produce part of their home electricity. The Alabama Public Service Commission held a Thursday hearing on the petition to abolish the fee. The petition argues the $5 per kilowatt fee, which amounts to $25 monthly for an average solar array, is unreasonable and discourages…

Alabama Power Fees on Solar Challenged

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Environmental groups and homeowners are challenging a fee charged by Alabama Power on customers who use solar panels, or other means, to generate part of their electricity. Keith Johnston of the Southern Environmental Law Center says the fee discourages people from using solar power. He said it is essentially a solar tax. Alabama Power argues the…

Alabama Power Reducing Water Releases Amid Drought

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) – Alabama Power says it’s reducing water releases from its hydroelectric dams because of a drought affecting the state. The move is intended to prevent lakes from shrinking too much. But a statement from the utility says that without rain, water levels will still likely fall below normal on lakes including Weiss, Henry, Logan Martin, Harris, Martin…

Forest Hills Residents Want Answers After Recent Power Outages

Some people living in a small Montgomery community say they’ve been left in the dark several times in recent weeks. Forest Hills residents want to know what’s causing the frequent power outages. One resident has started a petition demanding answers. Some say their power has gone out twice in a week, and at least five times in recent weeks. “If…

Alabama Power Faces $250K Fine

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama environmental regulators have proposed a $250,000 fine against Alabama Power Company after groundwater tests near the company’s coal ash pond in Gadsden showed high levels of arsenic and radium. Alabama Department of Environmental Management says Alabama Power “caused or allowed the unpermitted discharge of pollutants associated with ash pond wastewater … to waters of the…

Alabama Power Reports Scattered Power Outages

Alabama Power is reporting scattered power outages across Central, West and South Alabama. At 8AM, Alabama Power says there are approximately 4,350 customers are without service. The following is a quick rundown of outages by county location: Tallapoosa County – 1,500 customers Elmore County – 880 customers Montgomery County – 505 customers Perry County – 230 customers Butler County –…

Wetumpka Tornado Response Has Been Phenomenal

The clean up effort has been amazing in Wetumpka. On Saturday an EF-2 Tornado struck in Downtown causing extensive damage to at least 25 structures. First responders and Utility Crews were on the ground Saturday night and have been working non-stop to restore essential services to customers. Power poles were snapped in half Saturday, and most of the area was…