Alabama Power

Portions of East Montgomery & Pike Road Without Power Due to Transmission Outage

Parts of East Montgomery and Pike Road are currently without power. Alabama Power said at its height, 7700 customers in those areas experienced power outages. Alabama Power spokesperson Mike Jordan said the reason for the outage is a result of a lightning strike. Jordan said the repairs have been made and service should be restored to the remaining 1600 customers…

Solar Panel Farm Planned for Butler County

Alabama Power has announced that a 550 acre solar panel farm will be located just outside of Greenville’s city limits. The project is expected to power 15,000 homes and create 250 construction jobs. Local officials say they are most excited about the long term economic impact of solar panel farm. “The major impact is going to be on the Butler…

Homeowners, Group Seek Action on Alabama Power’s Solar Fee

Homeowners and an environmental group are asking federal regulators to step in over Alabama Power’s fees on home solar panels, fees that environmental groups argue purposely discourages the use of solar in the sun-rich state. The petition filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission asserts that the Alabama Public Service Commission violated federal law when it upheld the fees. It…

Alabama Power Update: 12,750 Customers are Without Service

According to Alabama Power, At 6:00 a.m., approximately 12,750 Alabama Power customers are without service as a result of severe weather on Wednesday and throughout the night.  Mainly in central Alabama, 3,500 customers are without power.  The majority of central Alabama customers lost power as a result of severe weather overnight. Outages exist in the following areas: Lee County –…

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…