Emission Reductions:

NOx, SO2 and PM

Environmental testing ensures we are in compliance with regulations and emissions pose no risk to human health.

Since 1990, our emissions of sulfur dioxide and nitrogen oxides are down over 80 percent, while electricity generation has increased about 30 percent to serve growing demand. Performance »

Through 2013, the Southern Company system:

  • Invested about $9.4 billion in environmental controls. Planning to spend at least an additional $3.2 billion through 2016.
  • Developed, with U.S. Department of Energy and KBR, the TRIGTM advanced coal gasification technology. This technology turns coal into gas that can be used to generate electricity more cleanly than traditional coal-fired power plants.
  • Advanced one-of-a-kind, clean coal power generation, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Energy at the National Carbon Capture Center in Wilsonville, Ala.

Particulate Matter and Air Quality Research

  • SEARCH (Southeastern Aerosol Research and Characterization)
  • ARIES (Aerosol Research and Inhalation Epidemiological Study)

Southern Company participates in data collection and research studies aimed at characterizing air quality, its sources, and health effects. Two leading studies, SEARCH and ARIES, have provided a foundation for air quality policy, practices and emerging issues.

SEARCH comprehensively measures air quality in the Southeast, including the myriad compounds comprising particulate matter and is used in a variety of air quality research and regulatory analyses, including studies on health effects. SEARCH hosted the summer of 2013, $20 million Southeast Atmosphere Study sponsored by NSF, NOAA, EPA, EPRI, and others focused on understanding the interactions of natural and man-made emissions in forming particulate organic matter. ARIES investigates associations between specific air pollution components and human health.

Together, this ongoing research provides data to help establish relationships between chemicals in the air and their effects on people, and ultimately air quality standards to safeguard human health.

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