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Southern Company and NFWF Award New Conservation Grants

December 15, 2008

ATLANTA, Dec. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Southern Company and the
National Fish and Wildlife Foundation today announced that four additional
grants have been awarded to conservation and natural resource agencies through
the Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy partnership programs. The Power of
Flight program protects birds through habitat and species restoration and
environmental education. Longleaf Legacy supports restoration of longleaf pine
forests, home to many endangered species like the red-cockaded woodpecker.

“Southern Company is proud to partner with the National Fish and Wildlife
Foundation for the sixth consecutive year to award much needed grants to these
leading organizations,” said Chris Hobson, Southern Company’s senior vice
president for research and environmental affairs. “The awards will help
further the great work being done to conserve and protect the environment and
restore bird populations and habitats throughout the Southeast.”

Since 2002, Southern Company and the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation
have contributed more than $7.8 million through 80 grants to the Power of
Flight and Longleaf Legacy programs. In addition, grant recipients have
contributed more than $41 million in matching funds, resulting in an
on-the-ground conservation impact of more than $49 million since the program’s
inception.

“With each year that passes, our partnership with Southern Company grows
stronger, the projects funded under the Power of Flight and Longleaf Legacy
programs become more meaningful, and the impact of those projects on the
ground results in greater benefits to birds and longleaf pine habitats,” said

Jeff Trandahl, National Fish and Wildlife Foundation’s executive director.
“The people and natural resources of the Southeastern United States are indeed
fortunate that Southern Company and their affiliated operating companies are
such responsible corporate stewards of our lands and waters, and the fish and
wildlife that inhabit them.”

Through these two programs, more than 160,000 acres of longleaf pine and
other critical habitat on public and private lands will be restored or
enhanced to the benefit of bird populations across the Southeast.

Two grants were awarded under the Power of Flight program:

— Project Orianne – to restore or improve 10,000 acres of longleaf pine
habitat within the Apalachicola and Conecuh National Forests to create and
enhance habitat for declining bird populations, such as red-cockaded
woodpeckers and Bachmann’s sparrow, and other species of concern, such as the
gopher tortoise and indigo snake. This project will build on the existing
infrastructure and expertise of the Forest Service by providing additional
funding to implement land management practices within large tracts of
contiguous forests on federal lands.

— Quail Unlimited – to continue to address the goals of the Northern
Bobwhite Conservation Initiative through improved forest land management of
1,607 acres on both public and private lands. The habitat restoration and
enhancement will take place in the Bankhead and Talladega National Forests in
Alabama, at J. Strom Thurmond Lake in Georgia, and on private lands in the
15-county target area of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Bobwhite
Quail Initiative.

Two grants were awarded under the Longleaf Legacy program:

— Okefenokee National Wildlife Refuge – to support conservation of 870
acres of land burned during wildfires in 2007 and plant approximately 170,000
longleaf seedlings over 400 acres. This project will support the expansion of
red-cockaded woodpecker clusters on the refuge and is also part of a larger
multi-agency effort to establish a half-mile longleaf pine conservation and
fire resilient zone around the Okefenokee and Pinhook Swamps in southeast
Georgia.

Auburn University – to develop a geospatial mapping and decision
support tool to guide on-the-ground longleaf conservation efforts across its
historical range. The tool will identify where restoration and management
activities should be focused to best meet objectives for ecosystem
restoration; species conservation (threatened and endangered species,
migratory birds); and the need to manage longleaf habitats to maintain their
structure, function, and diversity. This project will expand on the tool
developed by the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture through a previous
grant.

Visit www.southerncompany.com/planetpower to view fact sheets on the Power
of Flight and Longleaf Legacy programs or to see a complete listing of awards
granted.

A nonprofit established by Congress in 1984, The National Fish and
Wildlife Foundation (NFWF) sustains, restores and enhances the nation’s fish,
wildlife, plants and habitats. Through leadership conservation investments
with public and private partners, NFWF is dedicated to achieving maximum
conservation impact by developing and applying best practices and innovative
methods for measurable outcomes. Since its establishment, NFWF has awarded
over 10,000 grants to more than 3,500 organizations in the United States and
abroad and leveraged — with its partners — more than $600 million into over
$1.5 billion for conservation.

With 4.4 million customers and more than 42,000 megawatts of generating
capacity, Atlanta-based Southern Company (NYSE: SO) is the premier energy
company serving the Southeast. A leading U.S. producer of electricity,
Southern Company owns electric utilities in four states and a growing
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