Local Business Spotlight: Alabama Power
Most Alabamians know Alabama Power as the company that sends electricity to their homes. But Alabama Power’s reach and impact are much greater than flipping the switch on your kitchen light.
Alabama Power operates six fossil fuel plants, 14 hydroelectric facilities, one nuclear plant and three cogeneration plants and one steam plant. The facilities are wired to substations and consumers via 84,287 miles of line across 45,000 square miles of the state.
Eufaula is home to a regional hub for Alabama Power, and coordinates with other smaller offices in the area to get the goods out to customers.
“Eufaula is our Southeast Division headquarters,” said Novak. “We operate 13 business offices in our division from Valley to Florala. In those offices, we work with our customers on providing service, paying bills, appliance retail and other transactions.”
While getting electricity to consumers is at the core of what Alabama Power does, perhaps its biggest influence in the state is done in economic development.
The economic development arm of Alabama Power works with organizations, such as the Alabama Department of Commerce, and travels the world meeting with companies that are looking to expand in to the southeast United States.
A new company locating to a city increases jobs, capital investments and the local tax base.
“We are active in communities across Alabama,” Novak said. “At the corporate level, we are involved in community and economic development groups that helps recruit companies to the state. Inside the communities, we help develop industrial parks, spec buildings and other product that can be used for economic development.”
A non-profit branch of the company also has an impact on local communities with the goal being to grow the future of each municipality.
The Alabama Power Foundation partners with organizations, large and small, across the state to make our communities better places to live.
For more information on Alabama Power, its history or activities, visit www.AlabamaPower.com.